Bank of Ireland, Hanson Robotics, and Fiserv among winners at Diversity in Tech Awards 2020
The winners for this year's highly anticipated Diversity in Tech Awards (DITA) in association with Microsoft for Startups have been announced. The virtual event took place yesterday, Tuesday 10th November 2020.
The awards which celebrate diversity, equality and inclusion recognises individuals and teams from across the world who are executing impactful work within their organisations and communities.
Over 300 submissions from 24 countries were received, with 77 finalists shortlisted. This year's awards featured 16 categories across women in tech and diversity in tech initiatives.
Expert judges included 15 digital thinkers, creators, innovators, and DE&I experts. The panel of judges was composed of some of Ireland’s leading tech stars, including Shinjini Das, CEO at Das Media Group, Gearoid Kearney, CEO of myAccessHub, Gary Stewart, CEO & Co-Founder of The Nest, Sarah Cunningham, Vice President at Mastercard Dublin Tech Hub among others.
Some of the winners of this year's Diversity in Tech Awards included:
- Cultural Inclusion Award: Sensata Technologies
- Digital Transformation Award: Anita Kishore, Chief Strategy Officer at Think and Learn Pvt Ltd (Byju’s)
- Disability Inclusion Award: Cubbie Sensory Hub, Cubbie
- International Diversity Role Model Award: Evelyn Nomayo, Founder of Phase Innovate
- Entrepreneur Award: Sindhu Joseph, CEO & Founder of CogniCor Technologies, Inc.
- Health & Wellness Award: Wrike
- LGBTQ+ Inclusion Award: Bank of Ireland with Pride Network, Bank of Ireland
- Young Female STEM Pioneer: Alishba Imran, Machine Learning Developer at Hanson Robotics
- International Diverse Company Of The Year: Anthemis Group
In addition to the above, there were also two special recognition awards; The Grace Hopper Award which acknowledges a leading female STEM professional, and The Diversity In Tech Impact Award which recognises a not-for-profit organisation that has demonstrated exceptional initiative to promote diversity.
Kriti Sharma, Founder of AI for Good UK & VP Product at GfK was crowned the winner of The Grace Hopper Award, while Gary Goldman, Senior Program Director of Out in Tech was awarded The Diversity in Tech Impact accolade.
MC’d by leading Newstalk female broadcaster Jess Kelly, over 1,000 virtual attendees logged onto the prestigious awards ceremony which also included keynote speakers, a panel on achieving authentic DE&I in your organisation, and fireside discussions.
Speakers included Daisy Auger-Dominguez, Chief People Officer at Vice Media Group, Andrew Macadam, Managing Director of Microsoft for Startups Europe, Furkan Karayal, Founder and CEO of Diversein.com and Abadesi Osunsade, Founder of the Hustle Crew and co-host of Techish podcast.
Virtual attendees at the awards ceremony included a wide range of global DE&I advocates, international tech executives, VIPs, government representatives, and nominees.
The Diversity In Tech Awards was organised by the Dublin Tech Summit team.
Speaking about this year’s winners, Tracey Carney, Managing Director of the Diversity in Tech Awards said: “This year’s inaugural Diversity in Tech Awards was a huge success and emphasised the diversity, equality, and inclusion of organisations who are making a real difference. We were inundated this year, with over 300 entries from some of Ireland’s most successful tech industries."