Last year DTS hosted its inaugural Women In Tech Awards, which became Ireland’s foremost event dedicated to recognizing the innovation, leadership and achievements of women in Ireland’s tech landscape. It was a huge success so it should come as no surprise that this year was always going to be bigger and better. Last week the 2nd annual Women In Tech Awards out of the RDS with the aim to highlight the diversity in the workplace, narrowing the gender gap and recognise the achievements of the amazing women who work tireless to drive innovation, leadership and success in the tech industry! This year the audience consisted of 400 high-level execs, VIP’s, government officials and of course us.

DTS Women In Tech Awards are working towards bridging the gender gap, something which is evident in the tech industry. Luckily society has been striving to bright this gap and events like the DTS Women In Tech Awards that prove just how imbalances the industry is. Women are statistically in the minority but despite this, there are achievements that need to be celebrated. Just have a look at some of the amazing 2018 Winners.

This year there were 14 women and companies honored at the ceremony, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. There was 368 women from over 270 organisations nominated across the diverse range of awards, tough job for the judges if you ask me.

Some of the winners included The Grace Hopper Lifetime Achievement Award being presented to Barbara McCarthy, CTO of Ding, the world’s number one international mobile top-up platform, Caroline Dunlea winner of the Entrepreneur Award (full disclosure she’s my day job boss) while Dr Fiona Edwards Murphy, co-founder and CEO, ApisProtect, which uses IoT to protect the honeybee population took home the LEO Dublin Rising Star Award.

Obviously I had to ask Caroline what it was like to win the award in a tough category beating some of Ireland’s biggest female entrepreneurs to take home the award, here’s what she had to say about this achievement:

“I am very honoured to have received the Entrepreneur Award and it means so much to me as a business owner and also represents the dedication and commitment of an entire team’s drive for success. What an incredible event with so many amazing and inspirational women across so many sectors. Thank you to Dublin Tech Summit for organizing such a memorable evening”

Companies were also recognized for their work with Facebook Ireland taking home the HR Diversity Award, Accenture was named as the Diverse Company of the Year and Connecting Women in Technology (CWIT) won the coveted Women in Tech Initiative Award.

2019 Women In Tech Award Winners

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IT Business Leader sponsored by Magnet Networks

Lorna McAdoo – Version 1

Trailblazer sponsored by Oracle

Patricia Scanlon – SoapBox Labs

Security Leader sponsored by TalentHub

Ines Rubio – BSI

Digital Transformation sponsored Travelport Digital

Yemi Oluseun – Barclays

Fintech Leader sponsored by Fineos

Kenlyn Klamper – Fiserv (Nenagh)

Blockchain Leader sponsored by Business & Finance

Teana Baker-Taylor – Global Digital Finance

Entrepreneur sponsored by Enterprise Ireland

Caroline Dunlea – Core Optimisation

Disruptor sponsored by Wrike

Niamh Sterling – Recipe Guru

Rising Star sponsored by Dublin City Council/LEO Dublin

Dr Fiona Edwards Murphy – ApisProtect

Data Scientist sponsored by Kantar Media

Michaela Blott – Xilinx

Mentorship sponsored by Fiserv

Jacinta Walker – Qualtrics

Diversity Role Model Award sponsored by Sysnet Global Solutions

Mary Browne – Citi

HR Diversity Initiative sponsored by PwC

Facebook HR Team

Diverse Company Of The Year sponsored by Permanent TSB

Accenture Ireland

Women in Tech Initiative sponsored by Version 1

Connecting Women in Technology

Grace Hopper sponsored by SFI Ireland

Barbara McCarthy – Ding

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