Abie Awards

Celebrating the achievements
of women in tech.

2021 Nominations are Closed.

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At AnitaB.org, we celebrate and highlight the success of women technologists and those who support women in tech. Our Abie (pronounced AB-ee) Awards honor these distinguished women, whose achievements and life stories demonstrate that all of us have the power to improve our world, individually and collectively.

We honor our Abie Award winners at Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) each year with 2020 being our first Virtual GHC. Each winner receives a cash prize and, an opportunity to speak at Virtual GHC.

Note: We present the Technical Leadership and the Student of Vision Abie Awards every year at GHC, while the remaining six awards are presented bi-annually. The Technology Entrepreneurship, Emerging Leader, and Change Agent Abie Awards will be presented at Virtual GHC 20.

Technical Leadership
Abie Award

Dr. Nuria OliverDr.Nuria Oliver

2021 Technical Leadership Abie Award Winner

The Technical Leadership Abie Award is our most prestigious award and celebrates a woman who led or developed a product, process, or innovation that made a notable impact on business or society. Eligible nominees must work on projects that require deep technical knowledge and must demonstrate a commitment to increasing the representation of women in technology. Presented at vGHC 20 and vGHC 21.

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Student of Vision
Abie Award

Ainura Sagyn

2021 Student of Vision Abie Award Winner

The Student of Vision Abie Award honors young women dedicated to creating a future where the people who imagine and build technology mirror the people and societies for which they build. Undergraduate or graduate students may self-nominate for this award. Presented at vGHC 20 and vGHC 21.

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Social Impact
Abie Award

Dr. Dieuwertje Kast

2021 Social Impact Abie Award Winner

The Social Impact Abie Award recognizes those making a positive impact on society as a whole via technology. Nominees may have developed technology that caused social change or empowered underrepresented peoples. Presented at vGHC 21.



Educational Innovation
Abie Award

in Honor of A. Richard Newton

Lisa HauserLisa Hauser

Educational Innovation Abie Award Winner

The Educational Innovation Abie Award in Honor of A. Richard Newton recognizes educators for developing innovative teaching practices and approaches that attract female students to computing, engineering, and math in K-12 or undergraduate education. Newton was a professor and dean of the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, a pioneer in electronic design automation and integrated circuit design, and a visionary leader in the technology industry. Presented at vGHC 21.


Emerging Technologist
Abie Award

Eden Canlilar

Emerging Technologist Abie Award Winner

The Emerging Technologist Abie Award recognizes a midcareer woman technologist in the first 10 years of her technical career. She uses her leadership and technological talents in high impact initiatives, and is making important contributions to the advancement of women in technology. Presented at vGHC 21.


Change Agent
Abie Award


Dr. Jess Wade

2020 Change Agent Abie Award Winner

Representation of women in technology is a global issue. The Change Agent Abie Award honors an outstanding international woman (non-U.S. resident with an emphasis on developing countries) who created or expanded opportunities for girls and women in technology. Presented at vGHC 20.

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Emerging Leader
Abie Award

Olga Russakovsky

2020 Emerging Leader Abie Award Winner

Denice Denton was the first female dean of an engineering school at a major U.S. research university. In honor of her memory, we present this award to a junior, non-tenured faculty member for high-quality research and significant impact on diversity.

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Emerging Leader Abie Award

Technology Entrepreneurship
Abie Award

Tracy Young

2020 Technology Entrepreneurship Abie Award Winner

As creating women-led startups is challenging, we celebrate the achievements of those who triumph despite the odds. We give this award to a builder of a technology venture. She transforms markets by implementing, developing, or promoting technology, creative processes, or new business models. Presented at vGHC 20.

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