A message from the chair of BCSWomen, Gillian Arnold:

Hi everyone... please consider who you might nominate for these awards... it is important to have good visibility of women in tech role models – both from industry and academia... let’s see some nominations from across the board!!

I was really hoping you could help us in our efforts to tackle technology’s diversity problem. As I’m sure you’re aware, just 17% of the industry is made up of women.

The Women in IT Awards, supported by BCS, is technology’s most prominent diversity initiative – the world’s largest event aimed at solving the sector’s gender imbalance. And nominations for the 2017 event close in 2 weeks.

The awards programme provides a high-profile platform for identifying new female role models by celebrating the achievements of women already thriving in technology.

The 2017 ceremony, which will be attended by 600-700 tech leaders at the Intercontinental London Park Lane’s spectacular ballroom on 26 January, is the largest edition yet – and is supported by government, trade bodies and companies of all sizes.

The best way to show your support for balancing the technology workforce is by nominating somebody for an award. Not only will this promote their achievements to a mass audience (the event is also well-covered in the media), but it will also identify them as an important role model for women deciding which career to pursue.

Nominating is easy and can be done by completing the form on the website, where you can also see the full list of categories.

I’d also be hugely grateful if you could pass on this information to your relevant networks. Spreading the word is vital to making this initiative as influential and effective as possible.

Thank you in advance for your support and good luck nominating!