Goosed are big fans of The Dublin Tech Summit, we have been going every year since it’s inception and rightly so they are now considered one of the fastest-growing technology showcases in Europe. Plus we have a great laugh just see for yourself:

Well, 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. Last year was a huge success and now they are about to host their 2nd annual DTS Women In Tech Awards out of the RDs on October 10th this year. are delighted to call ourselves one of the media partners for the event as the awards as they 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 will consist of 400 high-level execs, VIP’s, government officials and of course us.

Bridge the gender gap

Yes is a pretty much male-dominated company, but that hasn’t been by design, trust us on that. What we like about the DTS Women In Tech Awards is how they 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. We mentioned earlier that we enjoy our annual trips to the Dublin Tech Summit and this year the Women In Tech drive proved a winner with the conference boasting the highest female attendance rate for a tech showcase of 48%.

What we found incredible to see at the event was the sheer amount of young women who attended and having this kind of female representation at an event like DTS can only help inspire the next generation. On a personal level, I know some brilliant people women in the tech space who are inspirations to both men and women alike.

About the night

We mentioned that last year was a huge success but gender isn’t the only issue when it comes to creating a more diverse tech industry. To highlight this The Women In Tech Awards has introduced 3 new categories, Diversity Role Model, HR Diversity Initiative and Diverse Company of the Year.

That being said, this year we have 14 categories and 2 special recognition awards including the Women in Tech Initiative recognises one not-for-profit organisation that has demonstrated exceptional initiative to promote women in tech. Entries are free and simple to complete, so why not nominate someone you know for this year’s event?

At the time of writing nominations are still open here are the categories that are available:

  1. IT Business Leader Award
  2. Trailblazer Award
  3. Security Leader Award
  4. Digital Transformation Award
  5. Fintech Leader Award
  6. Blockchain Leader Award
  7. Entrepreneur Award
  8. Disruptor Award
  9. Rising Star Award
  10. Data Scientist Award
  11. Mentorship Award
  12. Grace Hopper Award
  13. Women in Tech Initiative
  14. Diverse Company Of The Year
  15. HR Diversity Initiative Award
  16. Diversity Role Model Award

Once the nominations are complete, the winners will be determined by an amazing panel of international judges. For me last year the big takeaway was witnessing Brenda Romero of Romero games doing her closing speech after winning the Grace Hopper Award. She was brilliant, honest, and just downright hilarious while making a lot of very good points, while I couldn’t find the speech itself, here is one of her TedTalks to give you an idea of the personality on show:

But that’s not all! If the award ceremony isn’t enough the night will also include a host of brilliant speakers. We are absolutely delighted that something is being done to show how important women are in the tech industry. If you want to find out more about the event you can check out their website.

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Junior Editor & Goosed Podcast host Jon is passionate about phones, design and everything tech. Having joined the team in 2015 he now manages our podcast and is our unofficial random ideas guy when he's not watching Disney movies. Seriously we're not joking. Read more by Jon.