Emerging Technologist Abie Award

Nominations are closed.

The Emerging Technologist Abie Award (formerly known as the Leadership Abie Award) recognizes a woman who has served in a significant leadership role in advancing technology, with a strong focus on increasing women’s representation and success in the field. Unlike the Technical Leadership award, nominees may or may not have a technical background.

Women recognized have included the leader of a team of computer scientists, interaction designers, human factors engineers and social scientists who has fundamentally altered the way products are designed so that they are centered on people’s needs, the first female fellow at a major technology company, and the Chair of the Mozilla Foundation, who organized and motivated a massive, worldwide collective of employees and volunteers to launch the Firefox browser.

Recipients are honored by the technical women’s community at the Grace Hopper Celebration. The award includes a prize of $7,000.

Meet our 2017 winner.

Selection Criteria

The award is presented to a woman who has demonstrated significant leadership in the technology industry, providing positive role modeling, advocating, mentoring and inspiration to others. Nominees are evaluated based on the following:

  1. Leadership: The nominee has demonstrated leadership in the technology field that extends beyond the scope of her position. Consider the breadth, depth, and sustained nature of her work as a leader.
  2. Impact on the community of women in tech: The nominee has leveraged her leadership to increase women’s impact, representation, and effectiveness in technology.
  3. Recognized role model: The nominee is broadly recognized as a role model, formally or otherwise.

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)