Educational Innovation
Abie Award

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.

The Educational Innovation Abie Award honors the life and career of A. Richard Newton (1951-2007). 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.

The submission deadline was Thursday, May 25, 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.


A. Richard Newton

Opportunities for Award Recipient

  • The recipient is honored at Grace Hopper Celebration and invited to the Abie Award Ceremony on the Mainstage at GHC.
  • The award winner will also have a few speaking engagements throughout GHC on their work and accomplishments.
  • Trip to GHC (Includes lodging, GHC registration, and a stipend for travel and expenses during the event)
  • Additionally, recipients will receive $15,000.

Selection Criteria

Nominees have made a positive impact in K-12 or undergraduate education in the areas of computing, engineering, and/or math. They are recognized for developing innovative and new teaching practices, techniques, or education approaches that attract girls, women, and non-binary people to these subjects. Nominees are evaluated based on the following:

  • Innovation: Are the teaching practices and approaches a new and novel idea or a truly creative implementation of an existing best practice?
  • Impact on the Community of Women and Non-Binary Technologists: What is the specific impact on women and non-binary technologists? Has it changed lives in profound and important ways? Has it created opportunities where none existed before?
  • Reach: Does the nominee’s work extend beyond their institution, local community, or state? Who is their work affecting: students, teachers, parents, or the community?
  • Sustainability & Scalability: Consider if the nominee could expand their work, or if other institutions or individuals could replicate the nominee’s work in different institutions, cities, states, and countries.
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