The Women in Technology (WiT) were held on Friday 30 August at Brisbane City Hall. WiT celebrates and awards women across the country achieving ground-breaking work in the STEM industry. This year, a record number of more than 150 nominations were received.

The WiT Awards feature a number of awards including: ICT Outstanding Achievement, ICT Professional, ICT Rising Star, ICT Young Achiever, Life Sciences Outstanding Achievement, Life Sciences Research Leader, Life Sciences Rising Star, Life Sciences Young Achiever, Entrepreneurial and Employer of Choice for Corporates and SMEs. A Community Award has been introduced for the first time this year.

WiT was founded in 1997 with the support of just 10 women. The association has now grown to more than 6500 members and affiliates with sponsorship from organisations such as University of Queensland, Origin Energy, Queensland Government, QUT, Griffith University and others. In 2002 the association changed its name to Women in Technology, recognising the relationship between IT and emerging technology fields such as science and engineering. “We support one another and we celebrate each others successes…and Women in Technology is one of the most amazing institutions that I have ever come across so I am very proud to be part of that.” says Professor Mia Woodruff.

The 2019 winners of the WiT awards were Mandy Ross (ICT Outstanding Achievement Award), Carla Wall (ICT Outstanding Achievement Award Highly Commended), Angela Jones (ICT Professional Award), Kelly Pedler (ICT Rising Star Award), Emily Entwistle (ICT Young Achiever Award), Vicki Clifton (Life Sciences Outstanding Achievement Award), Antje Blumenthal (Life Sciences Research Leader Award), Lisa Gillinder (Life Sciences Rising Star Award), Amy Chan (Life Sciences Young Achiever Award Joint Winner), Hana Starobova (Life Sciences Young Achiever Award Joint Winner), Rebecca McDonald (Community Award), Robyn Bull (Community Award Highly Commended), Megan Avard (Sue Wickenden Entrepreneurial Award), PwC (Employer of Choice Award- Corporate), Hall and Wilcox (Employer of Choice Award- Corporate Highly Commended) and Field Orthopaedics (Employer of Choice Award- Small to Medium).

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