Celebrating the achievements of outstanding women
The WIT Awards are the biggest and longest running celebration of women in technology and science in Australia. On October 21, crowds gathered at the Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane for the Awards Gala.
The SOCO team celebrated the outstanding talent of women in our industry and caught up with friends old and new, including Award finalist Tracy Whitelaw, Chief Digital Officer at the Local Government Association Queensland (a valued SOCO client).
Making BIG ideas real
Young Malia Knox, friend of SOCO (as you’ll know from our Inspiring change for women in STEM article) gave a rousing speech, thanking the SOCO team for their support and calling for action, as part of the #FemaleFaces4PublicPlaces campaign.
“Did you know, in Australia, there are more statues of animals than there are of real Australian women?”
Malia asked the crowd, moments before being awarded the WIT “Big ideas” Award to thunderous applause. Visit the Abigail Allwood Bronze Statue GoFundMe page for more details.
2021 Award Winners
Dr Catarina Moreira, lecturer a the School of Information Systems, QUT was the recipient of the Sonja Bernhardt The Heart of Our Values Award this year. Catarina is also co-founder and co-leader of the Explainable analytics for machine intelligence initiative and a pioneer on quantum-like Bayesian Inference technologies.
See the full list of inspiring WIT Award Winners 2021.
Why the Women In Technology Awards are important
The annual WIT Awards recognise outstanding talent and achievement giving women the recognition they deserve, building support for their work, and inspiring the next generation of leaders by showing what is possible.
“Increasing female participation and leadership in all fields, but particularly information technology and engineering, should be a societal priority. It has been said that scientists discover the world that exists; engineers create the world that never was. With that being so, I believe women should play an equal role in creating that world.
To quote the Women in IT awards’ tagline “what we celebrate grows”. After watching Malia, passionately and confidently present her vision of the future to a packed room of adults – I can’t think of a more fitting young leader for us to celebrate. By publicly celebrating Malia and her cause, I hope we can help amplify her message and inspire women to find their voice.”
Tom Rock – SOCO Director of People and Marketing
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