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2017 QLD Women in Technology Award winners shimmer and shine

Queensland’s talented tech women and successful science professionals joined 385 friends, family and VIPs to celebrate the 2017 WiT Award finalists and winners at the gala awards dinner on Friday 1 September at the Royal International Convention Centre in Brisbane.

Mrs Kristy Simpkin Co-President of WiT said the prestigious WiT annual awards now in their 20th year are about celebrating women who are leaders and experts in their fields, succeeding in traditionally male dominated technology and life science industries.
The entrepreneurial established award, presented by Hon Leeanne Enoch MP, Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy, Minister for Small Business saw two remarkable women recognised.

“The panel were blown away by Bernadette Hyland and Dr Carrie Hillyard, and could not choose between them.

“Carrie and Bernadette are pioneers, challenging perceptions, pushing boundaries, driving innovation and achieving excellence” Kristy said.

Dr Carrie Hillyard is currently an Angel investor and Chairman of Fitgenes and FizzioFit and Deputy Chairman of the Mater Medical Research Institute. She has commercialised products from laboratory bench to market and is an inventor of a number of patented technologies including a novel two minute test technology, which was applied to HIV and Hepatitis B.

Bernadette, who was a founder member of WiT, has over 20 years’ experience deploying enterprise data solutions in financial services, healthcare and federal governments in Australia and the U.S.

“I would say that I owe a great deal to sheer tenacity. It’s about not stopping when people say, ‘you cannot do that” said Bernadette.

Shark Tank investor and River City Labs Founder Steve Baxter presented the entrepreneurial start-up award to Faith Rees, Co-Founder and CEO of SixPivot.

Faith has a long standing history in the IT industry spanning 18 years and a string of reputable awards to her name. Faith has built a respected, rewarding business and acknowledges that her journey hasn’t always been easy.

“I’m a driven individual demonstrated by achievements from being out of home at 15 and supporting myself as a teenager to complete high school and then university - often working multiple jobs to support myself financially and to enable me to achieve my goals.” Faith said.

Data#3 took out the coveted corporate employer of choice for their commitment to equality, flexible working conditions professional development and innovative approaches to engaging and rewarding staff.

Sponsors and supporters include the Queensland Government, Queensland University of Technology, The University of Queensland, QUT ihbi, Griffith University, PwC, Amazon Web Services, River City Labs, Brisbane Marketing, Australian Computer Society & Flight Centre.

Read more and to view full list of winners click here

View awesome shots from the evening here using PIN 1415


The second of our WiT Stories comes from Sarah Kirkland, creator of Red Cat Science and Winner of our Outstanding Educator Award 2016.

On receiving advice of her nomination for a WiT Award Sarah had a similar response to a lot of our nominees....."really......me?  On applying she found the application process beneficial in taking a step back and looking at herself and what she had achieved and not taking herself for granted. 

The result.....Sarah became winner of our first Outstanding Educator Award!....


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