Change Agent Abie Award

Nominations will reopen in Fall 2019.

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. Nominations are encouraged for professional women regardless of their age or education level. The recipient is honored by the technical women’s community at the Grace Hopper Celebration. The award covers the winner’s expenses to attend the conference and includes a prize of $7,000.

Past winners of this award include:

  • Mariana Costa Checa, Co-founder and CEO at Laboratoria, a social enterprise working to equip young women from economically underserved backgrounds in Latin America with tech skills.
  • Marie Claire Murekatete, Software Development Division Manager at Rwanda Information Society Authority (RISA) and founder of Refugee Girls Need You. The major focus of this organization is teaching information and computer technologies to teenage refugees in Rwanda, and includes at least 400 girls annually.
  • Amanda Gicharu, Co-founder of Tech Republic Africa, a startup that creates technology education experiences for African youth ages 7–19, 45% of whom are girls.

Meet our 2018 winner.

Selection Criteria

Potential nominees:

  • Demonstrate leadership within their communities
  • Expand opportunities for and influence the careers of girls and women in technology
  • Demonstrate social, cultural, and behavioral impact on advancing women’s participation in technology
  • Recognized locally and are able to make gender and technology a regional/national issue

Supporting Documents

You will need to submit:

  • Two letters of reference from professional contacts of the nominee
    • Endorsers should be chosen to represent a range of perspectives and institutions and provide additional insights or evidence of the candidate’s impact. Each letter should focus on the accomplishments which that endorser can attest to and place in context.
  • The nominee’s biography (maximum of 500 words)
  • A two to three page statement of merit from the nominator
    • Nominators are preferably recognized members of the community who are not from the same organization as the candidate and who can address the candidate’s contributions outside their organization.
  • The nominee’s CV or resume
  • Landscape orientation high resolution photograph of the nominee (minimum of 5MB JPG)


    • Fall 2019: Nominations open
    • Spring 2020: Deadline to submit nominations