2018 Pass It On Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of our 2018 Anita Borg Systers Pass It On Awards!

The Anita Borg Systers Pass It On Awards Program honors Anita Borg’s desire to create a network of women technologists helping one another. Women in computing from around the world apply for this award to receive a cash prize of up to $1,000 each. This award, which is funded by the Systers community and others, allows the winners to “pass on” the benefits of the award and fund their own projects to support other women in technology.

This year, we selected nine winners, whose projects include a tech toolkit, a scholarship fund, and the first Brazilian crowdfunding platform exclusively for women. We are so inspired by our winners and their dedication increase the representation of women in tech. Learn more about our nine winners and their projects below. You can also view all of our winners here.

Interested in donating to the Anita Borg Systers Pass It On Awards Program? Click here to learn more!

Princess A.
Project: STEM WOW Extended
STEM WOW Extended will publish stories about African women in tech both on social media and as a book. These books will be distributed to young girls in Ghana with limited internet access. Five girls will also win scholarships to a computing boot camp in Ghana.

Deborah B.
ENERCATE HER is a two-year project aimed at equipping 1,000 young women with physical computing, data analytics, and software development skills, all of which are needed to drive the adaptation of clean energy and sustainable development.

Angela H.
Project: Drexel University College of Computing and Informatics Angela V. Harris Scholarship Fund
Angela established a scholarship fund to provide financial assistance for African American female students studying in Dexel University’s College of Computing and Informatics.

Cioma I.
Project: TechInspired
TechInspired will provide Tech-in-a-Box kits to rural schools to expose young girls to tech and encourage them to pursue careers in STEM.

Carolyne N.
Project: My Shadow
My Shadow will help women activists in Kenya who face security risks and threats from the government for their online activism. The project will teach them about digital security.

Marvella O.
Project: Tech Girls
Tech Girls aims to bridge the gender gap in Nigeria’s tech industry by providing ICT and digital training to young girls in Mushin, Lagos, Nigeria.

Odegua O.
Project: CODE with GIRLS Lagos
Odegua’s project is a three-day technology workshop that impacts both students and teachers, and provides hands-on computer programming activities.

Mariana P.
Project: Financela — The First Brazilian Female Crowdfunding
Financela will be the first Brazilian crowdfunding platform exclusively for women, and will help fund their businesses and ideas.

Diane W.
Project: MedHere
Diane will work with students to develop a medication adherence system that will help low income pregnant women.


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