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Nominations are now open for the second annual Scotland Women in Technology Awards.

Last year’s inaugural ceremony attracted more than 100 nominations, with more than 300 guests gathering for the occasion.

Now Scotland Women in Technology (SWiT) are calling on people from across the sector to make nominations and recognise the industry’s outstanding women across a range of categories, spanning employers, individuals, teachers and leaders.

Amongst the winners last year was Alyssa Ross, pictured right, receiving her award from Graeme Smith of Amazon.

Trailblazing women

SWiT Chair Lynsey Campbell said: “Last year’s event was a huge success but this year will be even bigger and better.

“We want to champion the talents women working in technology and those supporting the gender equality in technology agenda. I hope these awards inspire girls to pursue technology as a career and act as a reminder the sector is home to many talented and trailblazing women.

“We are delighted with the response we have had from the sector, particularly Amazon who are our headline sponsor, and we look forward to receiving hundreds of nominations”

There are 10 award categories in total, including inspirational woman of the year, gender diversity champion of the year and lifetime achievement award.

Good for business

Nominations close on 24 August, and the ceremony itself takes place in October.

Graeme Smith, Managing Director of Amazon’s Development Centre in Edinburgh, said: “Championing diversity and gender equality in the technology sector, both now and for future generations, is a key priority for us at Amazon.

“It’s not just fair, it’s good for our business. That’s why we’re supporting the SWIT awards for a second year.

“We want to help shine a spotlight on some of Scotland’s most inspirational female technology leaders and encourage more young women to pursue a career in technology and innovation.”

"I hope these awards inspire girls to pursue technology as a career and act as a reminder the sector is home to many talented and trailblazing women."

SWiT Chair Lynsey Campbell

News of the awards was also welcomed by Shirley-Anne Somerville, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science.

She said: “It was a pleasure to attend the inaugural awards ceremony last year and I intend to be there again this time around.

“It was such an enjoyable occasion to see so many inspirational females – from all age ranges – involved in technology, get together and celebrate one another’s success.

“As Minister responsible for our ambitious STEM Strategy, it was especially heartening to see much of what the Scottish Government wants to achieve and aspire to, being represented in the whole occasion.”

Find out more

To find out more or to make a nomination, visit www.scotwomenintech.com/awards

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