Pass It On Awards

The Systers Pass It On (PIO) Awards program aims to support women technologists in building a community that promotes the advancement of women in computing. They celebrate Anita Borg’s vision of a supportive network for women technologists and empowers women in computing to launch or expand their dream projects. Since 2007, PIO projects have inspired women to become future tech leaders and addressed global social inequalities.

We encourage recipients to "pass on" their benefits, fostering a movement of women supporting women. Those dedicated to empowering others through innovative, inclusive tech solutions are invited to apply. This year's PIO Awards will grant 10 winners $1,000 each and complimentary registration to Grace Hopper Celebration 2024, showcasing Systers' commitment to diverse entrepreneurship and equitable opportunities.

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Program Details


  • May 24, 2024 – Application Opens
  • July 1, 2024 – Application Closes
  • July 2024 – Award Winners Announced
  • October 2024 – Award Winners attend GHC 24

Individual Requirements

  • Be a legal resident of one of the following countries listed here
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be working in the computing field
  • Have a project plan
  • Have a project that relies on the use of technology

Application Requirements

You must include your full name, contact details, and a comprehensive description of your project and contributions and acts of kindness. All applications must be in English and should include the following:

  • Detailed project description (min 1000 words; max 25,000 words)
  • Detailed budget
  • Optional additional materials:
    • Photos, audio interviews, videos etc.
    • CV/resume, digital or video portfolio of your work

We encourage projects that cover a variety of needs to apply, including but not limited to:

  • Projects that seek to inspire more girls and women to enter the computing field
  • A mentorship program and/or other supportive groups for women in technology
  • A solution for inequities in an existing product

Selection Criteria

Submissions will be assessed based on the following:

  • The positive impact of the nominee’s actions on individuals or communities.
  • Evidence of the nominee’s selflessness and dedication to helping others.
  • The enduring nature and long-term benefits of the nominee’s contributions.


Want to support this network of women? Click the donate button below to support the advancement of equitable tech. 

You may also donate by mailing a check to 

Attn: Systers Pass It On Awards
Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology
PO BOX 85289
Chicago, IL 60689-5289 

Make checks payable to the Anita Borg Institute. 


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