2020 WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY AWARDS
WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY RECOGNISED
FOR THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS
Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur, a Sunshine Coast doctor who has developed smartphone apps that measure sunburn risk and a Gold Coast woman who founded a revolutionary events and hospitality software company are amongst the winners at the 2020 Women in Technology (WiT) Awards, held tonight (9 October).
The prestigious WiT Awards recognise outstanding talent and achievement, building support for women working in science and technology, and inspiring the next generation of leaders by showing what is possible. For the first time, the WiT Awards has three new categories with one specifically focused on celebrating women who are working in Queensland's regional, rural and remote locations.
Leanne Kemp, who was awarded the Outstanding Achievement – Technology Award, is an engineer, technologist and pioneer in emerging tech working from concept and ideation to actualisation of product. As well as serving as Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur, Ms Kemp is renowned for her work at the United Nations, OECD, World Economic Forum, Global Blockchain Business Council, World Trade Board and the IBM Blockchain Board of Advisors; she is also an Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology and a two-time patent holder.
The Sunshine Coast’s Dr Elke Hacker won the Innovation in Science Award for her world class research into skin cancer and her novel use of technologies, including wearables and various smartphone apps, that reliably measure UVR exposure data to alert people to sunburn risk. Over the past 10 years, she has expanded her research from in vitro lab models to human clinical studies, which have generated results that improve understanding of the relationship between sun exposure, genetic-susceptibility, and skin cancer risk.
The Gold Coast’s Lauren Hall, who won the Innovation in Technology Award, has successfully built five multi-million dollar businesses across the manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and technology industries. iVvy, founded by Ms Hall in 2009, unites a highly fragmented industry by empowering communities through change, innovation and connection.
Women in Technology (WiT) President Dr Claudia Giurgiuman said it had been a unique year for the WiT Awards. "This has been a record-breaking year for the WiT Awards, receiving over 440 nominations across 14 categories and attracting more than 400 people to the online presentation event," said Dr Giurgiuman. "There are some extraordinary stories and revolutionary achievements are being celebrated tonight. The calibre of women nominated for these awards is outstanding," she said.
WiT Vice President Marie Howarth said WiT is a leading organisation for women in all branches of STEM in Queensland and fills an essential niche in the professional resources and support available to women. "WiT is Australia's first organisation to bring women from all disciplines of science and technology together in a single, inclusive community," she said. "The awards are so important because they recognise, showcase, and applaud those women who are making their mark and provide encouragement and inspiration for others to follow."
Complete list of WiT Award 2020 Winners can be found by clicking here