To finish this week’s blog series in which we have raised awareness around the diversity and inclusion issues facing the tech sector, we wanted to bring you some videos from some inspiring women and men from the FDM everywoman Tech Awards.
In the videos, attendees from the awards ceremony gave their expert answers to questions around how we can continue to #PressforProgress.
What's your number one piece of advice as we #PressforProgress?
Dr. Marily Nika, Engineering Program Manager at Google.
WINNER – Woman of the Year
Dr. Marily Nika, Engineering Program Manager at Google, based in San Francisco. Marily’s contribution to the UK technology industry is invaluable. She pursued a PhD in Computer Science at Imperial College London, where she founded the first Women in Computing Group. She also founded London Geekettes, a global platform connecting over 2,000 female innovators in technology and has personally mentored over 1,000 women. Her work at Google impacts millions of people, launching voice recognition technologies across all European, Middle Eastern and African languages.
Gayathri Mohan, Sopra Steria.
WINNER - International Inspiration Award - Sponsored by Aviva
Gayathri Mohan, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Sopra Steria, from Chennai, India. Gayathri is Managing Trustee of Sopra Steria India Foundation which now supports over 75,000 children a year, predominantly from poor backgrounds with limited IT education options. Her Sopra Steria India Foundation Graduate Scholarship Scheme has seen 463 students graduate including 193 engineers and three doctors.
What can employers do to #PressforProgress?
Siki Fuller, founder, Miribure
How do we get more men involved in #PressforProgress?
Russ Shaw, Founder, Tech London Advocates & Global Tech Advocates.
WINNER – Male Agent of Change Award
Tech London Advocates is now an unrivalled community of over 5,000 leaders, united to form the most influential group in tech. Russ affects change through working groups, which tackle topics of the industry such as immigration, women in tech and LGBT concerns. He is part of the recently launched Digital Skills Partnership, championing a stronger female talent pipeline and development opportunities.
How do we #PressforProgress?
Kimberly Norris, Senior Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin & Pilot Officer, RAF Air Cadets, from Portsmouth.
WINNER – Rising Star Award – Sponsored by T-Systems.
Kimberley Norris, Senior Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin & Pilot Officer, RAF Air Cadets, from Portsmouth. At the Royal Navy Maritime Capability Office, she has worked on some of the most challenging programmes including unmanned technology and has led various out-of-work activities devoted to the advancement of women in technology. Kim is also a Pilot Officer with the RAF Air Cadets, volunteering as a STEM ambassador across multiple Squadrons.
What are the key skills young females should study?
Mivy James, Head of Consulting, National Security, BAE Systems.
Are you optimistic about the future of work?
Mehwish Hussain, Business Graduate at ReAssure.
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