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2020 National Women in Digital Awards

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The national Women in Digital Awards is going ahead this year - rain, hail or pandemic we're determined to celebrate our industry leaders!

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The Women in Digital Awards are a celebration of incredible women within the digital industries and the businesses that support them. The night is dedicated to incredible women, companies, disruptors and advocates within the Digital and IT industries. From Female Founder to Developer of the Year, we are providing a platform for women who are dedicated to their craft, their business, and helping others in the industry.

The awards gala is where the community comes together - providing a great opportunity to network with industry leaders.

Despite external challenges in 2020, we're determined to keep the tradition alive by hosting a memorable virtual experience to connect, educate and empower the community through these challenging times.

Join this year's MCs, Pub Choir and Couch Choir's Founding Director Astrid Jorgensen and Organisor/Composer Waveney Yasso, for our fantastic virtual event!

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3:00pm (AEST) - Begin your celebrations with live entertainment, enjoying your "on-arrival" nibblies (available in our catering ticket option) and, of course, snapping those fabulous, #WIDaward selfies!

3:30pm (AEST)- Event kickoff! We're encouraging teams to get together in person or virtually, to celebrate this illustrious event which represents resilience and excellence. After a 'welcome to country' and introduction from our MCs, we'll hear from our international keynote as she shares her personal journey spanning 3 continents and a few career changes.

4:00PM (AEST) - We'll then announce the award finalists and winners over the next hour as our virtual guests enjoy a few celebratory Friday afternoon beverages. There'll be a few surprises and a lot of excitement with special guests (including Leanne Kemp, Founder & CEO of Everledger!) throughout this unprecedented event production.

5:00 PM (AEST) - Event close

Our Keynote

Fareena Contractor: Director of International Emerging Tech Innovation at Walmart

Fareena is a former molecular geneticist who helped develop the H1N1 vaccine at Serum Institute of India and researched brain cancer suppressors at University of Alberta. She left the lab in 2011 to explore opportunities in the telecommunications and sports industries, ultimately leading to an MBA at the University of Toronto. There, focusing on Design Thinking and Strategy, she found her calling in business innovation. Over the last 3 years at Walmart, she built a grassroots innovation organization which has disrupted the status quo and effected change across functions, levels, and countries.

Today, she also leads tech implementation for Walmart and is responsible for the fast and efficient delivery of large scale projects such as online grocery, ML forecasting in logistics, next generation Wi-Fi, in-store applications and many more. When she’s not working, you can probably find her backpacking in another country or on a silent meditation retreat.

To enter:

Visit our awards nomination portal to nominate someone else, or to nominate yourself.

Event Details:

Location: Your office / home office / whereever there's wifi!

Dress Code: Black tie

Ticketing: We're selling viewing only tickets, and viewing + catering tickets. Our catering packages will include a beer / wine package plus charcuterie board.

Past Winners:

Last year we were overwhelmed by the number of talented women who nominated. Check out the list of past winners on our website.

Key Dates:

Nominations Open: Friday 24th July 2020

Nominations Close: Friday 25th September 2020

Finalist Judging Date: Friday 2nd October 2020

Finalist Announced: Tuesday 6th October 2020

Winners Announced: Friday 6th November 2020

FAQ's:

Q: How can I nominate for an award?

A: Please visit our awards nomination portal to nominate yourself or someone you know.

Q: Can I really self nominate for an award?

A: Yes, you must! Don't be shy, visit our awards nomination portal to nominate for an appropriate category. By nominating you'll not only be recognising your own achievements, you'll also be inspiring other young women to pursue a career in digital.

Q: I know a great lady in digital, can I nominate someone else for an award?

A: Absolutely! Please visit our awards nomination portal to nominate as many ladies as you like for an appropriate category.

Q: Can men attend the event?

A: Yes absolutely! We're love having male champions of change attend our events whether that's in person or online.

Q: Is this event really not hosted in person?

A: As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we're continuing to prioritise the health and safety of our guests and staff and will host this event online.

Do you have other questions not listed here? Please contact holly@womenindigital.org

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