Women in Technology Queensland Awards | 2024 Awards Categories

For more than 25 years, Women in Technology (WiT) Queensland have recognised and celebrated outstanding women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines and the champions of change who support them. 

The 2024 WiT Awards provide a well-respected, highly visible platform for female individuals as well as women in female-led and majority-female teams/projects, start-ups and businesses to gain wide-spread recognition for the impact their

  • everyday contributions have on creating a more equitable future for women and girls in STEM,
  • transformative ideas and tech driven innovations, solutions or initiatives make to driving positive, meaningful change to benefit Queenslanders, enhance local communities, strengthen Queensland industries & businesses as well as creating a healthier, more sustainable Queensland and protecting our natural world.

2024 awards categories

Our 11 awards categories are shaped around bringing to life the essence of our community of women in STEM. The distillation of activities at the intersection of Bio Tech and Info Tech; Science and Engineering; Technology and Maths; Data, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and more.

Employer of Change Award

Recognising organisations showing significant contribution to the Queensland STEM landscape that lift up females to achieve excellence in a way that aligns to our WiT values, operating in STEM including, but are not limited to, the following:

Emerging Tech: Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Crypto, DeFi, Immersive Reality (AR/VR), Internet Of Things (IOT), Quantum Computing, Robotics, Web3

Industry: Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries, Defence, Aviation & Space, Education &/or Research, Engineering & Construction
ICT Networks & Communications, Manufacturing, Resources, Energy & Utilities, Supply Chain, Sustainability & Environment, Transport, Postal & Warehousing

Community: Aged Care, Community Care, Retirement Living, Diversity & Equity Inclusion (creating or expanding opportunities for women and/or girls), Indigenous (cultural, societal or economic wellbeing), Volunteering, Advocacy, Community and NFP

Business: Biotechnology, Coding, Development, DevOps & Computer Science, Cybersecurity and Security Services, Design, Analysis, Product Management, Finance & Accounting (Fintech), ICT services, support, delivery and infrastructure, Business Support, Sales and Marketing, Pharmaceuticals, Professional Services (Admin Support Services, Legal, HR etc)

Employer of Change Award Selection Criteria

Raising the Regions Award

Recognising individuals, teams/projects, start-ups, scale-ups, or commercial organisations dedicated to regional development and the creation of products, processes, or innovations that align with WiT values in STEM. These efforts span across various sectors including, but are not limited to:

Emerging Tech: Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, DeFi, Immersive Reality (AR/VR), Internet of Things (IoT), Quantum Computing, Robotics, Web3

Industry: Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries, Defence, Aviation & Space, Education & Research, Engineering & Construction, ICT Networks & Communications, Manufacturing, Resources, Energy & Utilities, Supply Chain, Sustainability & Environment, Transport, Postal & Warehousing

Community: Aged Care, Community Care, Retirement Living, Education, Diversity & Equity Inclusion (expanding opportunities for women/girls), Indigenous Support, Volunteering, Advocacy, Community and Non-Profit Organisations

Business: Biotechnology, Coding, Development, DevOps & Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Design, Analysis, Product Management, Fintech, ICT services, support, delivery, and infrastructure.

Raising the Regions Selection Criteria

Future Focused Business Achiever Award

Recognising individuals, teams, projects, startups, scale-ups, or commercial organisations that develop products, processes, or innovations aligning with our WiT values within the STEM domain. This encompasses areas such as, including but are not limited to:

  • Biotechnology
  • Medtech
  • Coding, Development, DevOps & Computer Science
  • Cybersecurity and Security Services
  • Design, Analysis, Product Management
  • Fintech
  • ICT services, support, delivery and Infrastructure
  • Business Support, Sales and Marketing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Professional Services (Admin Support Services, Legal, HR etc)

 

Future Focused Business Achiever Award Selection Criteria

Consumer Strength Champion Award

Seeking individuals, teams, projects, startups, scale-ups, or commercial organisations that develop products, processes, or innovations aligning with our WiT values within the STEM domain. This encompasses diverse sectors including, but not limited to:

  • Arts & Recreational Services
  • Banking, Insurance & Finance
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Health Science
  • Marketplaces/Digital Marketing/Advertising
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Medical & Diagnostic
  • Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services
  • Retail & Distribution
  • Tourism & Hospitality

 

Consumer Strength Champion Award Selection Criteria

Emerging Tech Star Award

Recognising individuals, teams, projects, and organisations within STEM who develop products, processes, or innovations in alignment with WiT values, spanning areas including, but are not limited to:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Blockchain
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Decentralized Finance (DeFi)
  • Immersive Reality (AR/VR)
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Quantum Computing
  • Robotics
  • Web3

Emerging Tech Star Award Selection Criteria

Emerging Science Star Award

Recognising individuals or teams/projects that create new knowledge, make a discovery and/or innovation and align with our WiT values, operating in STEM including but are not limited to:

  • Biological sciences
  • Medical sciences
  • Physical sciences
  • Chemical sciences
  • Environmental sciences
  • Engineering sciences
  • Mathematical sciences

Emerging Science Star Award Selection Criteria

Excellence in Industry Leadership Award

Recognising individuals, teams, projects, startups, scale-ups, or commercial organizations that create products, processes, or innovations in alignment with our WiT values within the STEM field. This includes, but is not limited to sectors such as:

  • Supply Chain
  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Transport Postal & Warehousing
  • Resources, Energy & Utilities
  • Manufacturing
  • ICT Networks and Communications
  • Engineering and construction
  • Defence, Aviation and Space
  • Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries

 

Excellence in Industry Leadership Award Selection Criteria

First Nations Change Maker Award

Recognising individuals, teams, startups, scale-ups, or organisations that empower and serve as role models for First Nation females, while upholding WiT values within STEM. Areas of operation including, but are not limited to:

  • Community: Aged Care, Community Care, Retirement Living, Education, Diversity & Equity Inclusion (creating or expanding opportunities for women and/or girls), Indigenous (cultural, societal or economic wellbeing), Volunteering, Advocacy, Community and NFP

  • Business: Biotechnology, Coding, Development, DevOps & Computer Science, Cybersecurity and Security Services, Design, Analysis, Product Management, Fintech, ICT services, support, Delivery and Infrastructure, Business Support, Sales and Marketing, Pharmaceuticals, Professional Services (Admin Support Services, Legal, HR etc)

  • Emerging Tech: Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Crypto, DeFi, Immersive Reality (AR/VR), Internet Of Things (IOT), Quantum Computing, Robotics, Web3

 

First Nations Change Maker Award Selection Criteria

Lifting Communities Award

Showing significant contribution to Queensland’s STEM landscape, focusing on community impact and WiT values. Target areas including, but are not limited to:

  • Aged Care, Community Care, Retirement Living
  • Education – Early childhood, primary, secondary, TAFE and tertiary
  • Diversity & Equity Inclusion (creating or expanding opportunities for women and/or girls)
  • Indigenous (cultural, societal or economic wellbeing)
  • Volunteering, Advocacy, Community and NFP

 

Lifting Communities Award Selection Criteria

Public Sector Excellence Award

Seeking individuals, teams, and departments within the public sector who embody WiT values and drive STEM innovation. This encompasses Agencies & Public Utilities, Digital Government initiatives, all levels of Government (Local, State & Federal), Public Administration and Safety sectors, and contributions from Universities.This includes, but is not limited to sectors such as:

  • Government – Local, State & Federal
  • Public Admin and Safety
  • Agencies & Public Utilities
  • Digital Government

 

Public Sector Excellence Award Selection Criteria

Excellence in Research Award

Seeking individuals, teams, projects, startups, scale-ups, or commercial organisations involved in research and development across government, university, or private sectors. Their focus is on producing innovative products, processes, or advancements that align with our WiT values within the diverse realm of STEM.This includes, but is not limited to sectors such as:

  • Research & Development – government, university or private

 

Excellence in Research Award Selection Criteria

 

The 2024 WiT Awards would not be possible without the generosity and support from our Award Partners