2022 Abie Awards

Celebrating the achievements
of women and non-binary technologists.

2022 Abie Award Nominations are now closed.

At AnitaB.org, we celebrate and highlight the success of women and non-binary technologists and those who support women in tech. Our Abie (pronounced AB-ee) Awards honor these distinguished leaders, 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 each year at Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC). Each winner receives a cash prize (ranging from $15,000 - $50,000) and, an opportunity to speak at GHC.

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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 GHC 22.

Technical Leadership
Abie Award

The Technical Leadership Abie Award is our most prestigious award and celebrates a woman or non-binary technologist 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 21 and GHC 22.

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Student of Vision
Abie Award

The Student of Vision Abie Award honors young women and non-binary technologists 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 21 and GHC 22.

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Change Agent
Abie Award

Representation of women in technology is a global issue. The Change Agent Abie Award honors an outstanding international woman or non-binary technologist (non-U.S. resident with an emphasis on developing countries) who created or expanded opportunities for girls and women in technology. Presented at GHC 22.

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Emerging Leader
Abie Award

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. Presented at GHC 2022.

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Technology Entrepreneurship
Abie Award

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 GHC 22.

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Previous Winners

2021 Technical Leadership Abie Award Winner
Dr. Nuria Oliver
2021 Student of Vision Abie Award Winner
Ainura Sagyn
2020 Change Agent Abie Award Winner
Dr. Jess Wade
Dr. Nuria Oliver

2020 Emerging Leader Abie Award Winner
Olga Russakovsky
2020 Technology Entrepreneurship Abie Award Winner
Tracy Young

Social Impact
Abie Award

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

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

The Emerging Technologist Abie Award recognizes a midcareer woman or non-binary 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.


Previous Winners

2021 Social Impact Abie Award Winner
Dr. Dieuwertje Kast
2021 Educational Innovation Abie Award Winner
Lisa Hauser
2021 Emerging Technologist Abie Award Winner
Eden Canlilar
Lisa Hauser

Learn more about Abie Awards terminology and frequently asked questions!


Be sure to check out our Abie Award Podcast!

Roe v. Wade Has Been Overturned. You Have Every Right to Be Upset. Here’s how to take action

We at AnitaB.org, are disheartened and dismayed by the United States Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark ruling that enabled the right of an abortion to people around the nation. AnitaB.org brings together allies and champions across every sector to advance intersectional gender equity in technology. The technologists we support are also people impacted by targeted oppressive and unjust laws including laws that restrict reproductive rights. Not only do we empower technologists through our year-long programming but, we also advocate for better systemic solutions for the workforce and for their humanity. 

In response to the Supreme Court ruling, we are joining to elevate the calls to action of our social justice colleagues and community partners. 

If you feel called to do something today or in the next coming days, here are some action steps:  

  • Support and donate to Repro Legal Defense Fund, which is a national organization that covers bail and funds strong defense for people who are investigated, arrested, or prosecuted for abortion. Because no one should be behind bars for ending their pregnancy or helping someone else do so.
  • Support and donate to Plan C, an educational resource for learning about how people in the US access abortion pills.
  • Support and donate to your local Planned Parenthood, independent abortion clinics, and abortion funds.
    Go to the streets and join a protest near you. Most protests are happening today at 5 PM at the federal courthouses or state capitols

AnitaB.org is also launching a political advocacy series, Power to the People, with our first event on July 20th. The first event of this series, Power to People: Abortion Rights and Digital Privacy, will elevate the voices of abortion advocates and the risks emerging with digital rights and privacy. This event will empower you to take additional action regarding abortion rights and data privacy. Stay tuned for more information about this upcoming event.