Every year, the AnitaB.org Systers Pass It On Awards Program honors Anita Borg’s desire to create a network of women technologists helping one another. The program offers cash awards (up to $1,000) to help fund women in computing or projects that inspire girls and women to enter computing. The selection process requires volunteers to review submissions and collaboratively decide which of the proposals to fund. Are you interested in participating? Here’s what you should know.
- The number of proposals we receive each year varies quite a bit. We won’t know the final number of proposals for this year until the end of the submission process (March 26, 2020).
- Reviewers access an online database to see the proposals that women have uploaded. Reviewers rate each woman’s plan, proposed budget, background, and references. Usually, three or four reviewers look at any given proposal.
- We hold a few conference calls to discuss the process as well as the results. We may have to schedule some calls at relatively odd times (such as on weekends) because our reviewers and organizers are located across the globe. (Pretty cool, right?)
- You don’t need any special experience to be a reviewer. You do need to be ready to devote several hours to this project (likely 10-20 hours), spread over several weeks. It does help if you’re a member of the Systers list, because that suggests you are aware of women-in-tech issues.
Got questions? Contact PassItOn@AnitaB.org