The inaugural Women in Tech Awards will recognise and celebrate women who innovate, challenge and embrace technology, and will showcase inspirational individuals who have achieved great success within the sector.
These awards are hugely important and promote a gender balanced workforce across the tech sector in Northern Ireland.  We want to support and acknowledge women in tech by highlighting and recognising great achievements by women in tech today.
The awards ceremony will take place at the Europa Hotel, Belfast on Friday 8th April 2022 as a prestigious formal black-tie event with approximately 200 guests in attendance.  The drinks reception will begin from 6.30pm and call to dinner will be 7.15pm.  The event will be hosted by former BBC Broadcaster Sarah Travers.
We are delighted that our keynote speaker will be Deepa Mann-Kler, Chief Executive of Neon.
Deepa Mann-Kler is Chief Executive of Neon; Visiting Professor in Immersive Futures at Ulster University in Northern Ireland; an artist and an exceptionally experienced public, private and charity sector Chair and Non-Executive Director, having served on 10 Boards across the UK over the past fifteen years. Neon harnesses the power of immersive technologies to create authentic augmented and virtual reality narrative driven experiences. This year the company launched AR Peace Wall and AR Street Art apps freely available on iOS and Play Store. As a TEDx speaker and thought leader she regularly keynotes on the intersection of digital transformation, technical innovation, inclusion, ethics, bias, data, AI and creativity.  Also an award winning, internationally acclaimed, multi-disciplinary artist with over fifteen years’ experience of international exhibitions and public art programmes. Company awards include Royal Television Society Finalist “Interactive Entertainment” 2017. WinTech Series Finalist “Tech Start Up Of the Year” 2018. TEDx Speaker “Being Human” 2019. Digital DNA Finalist “Tech For Good” Talking Sense AR App 2020.
We will also have a musical comedy performance by Emer Maguire. 
Emer Maguire is passionate about communication and presenting. Emer is an international award winning science communicator, and a double Irish Radio award-winning BBC presenter. She is a four time TEDx speaker, a conference and event MC, presenter of the podcast ‘Elementary My Dear’ and a musical comedian with a sold out Edinburgh Fringe run under her belt. Emer is also a qualified and practicing Speech and Language Therapist. In other words, she loves communicating in any way she can.
Individual tickets cost £90 + VAT

Tables of 10 cost £900 + VAT

Tables of 12 cost £1,080 + VAT


On Friday 8th April, we announced the winners of the inaugural Women in Tech Awards:
Outstanding Woman in Tech 2022
sponsored by Version 1
WINNER - Patricia O'Hagan MBE - Core Systems
C Level Woman of the Year
sponsored by PwC UK
WINNER - Mary Scullion - Fujitsu
  • Claire McIntyre - Qarik Group Ltd
  • Laura Haldane - SciLeads
  • Pauline Timoney - Automated Intelligence
  • Rachelle Reid - Allstate NI
Digital Transformation Leader
sponsored by Core Systems
WINNER - Julie Shannon - Almac Group Ltd
  • Emma Neill - Version 1
  • Marion Rybnikar – Slice
  • Moira Barratt - Fujitsu
  • Monica Gillan - Version 1
Entrepreneur of the Year
sponsored by Allstate NI
WINNER - Tori Cameron - SNAP - Social Media Marketing
  • Laura Haldane – SciLeads
  • Sinead Higgins - Decision Time
  • Sinead Welsh - Informed Minds App
Tech Team of the Year
sponsored by Realtime
WINNER - BT – team led by Melanie McMordie & Janet Burns
  • Allstate NI – team led by Suzi Murtagh
  • Almac Clinical Technologies – team led by Abi Pesun
  • Core Systems (NI) Ltd – team led by Roisin Gilmartin
  • Datactics – team led by Dr Fiona Browne
  • KX – team led by Stephanie Lubiak
  • Version 1 – team led by Emma Neill
Tech Advocate of the Year
sponsored by CIVICA
WINNER - Louise Black – PwC
  • Ann Conlon – KX
  • Claire Nixon - Realtime Recruitment / Women in Tech Belfast
  • Fernanda Soares - Version 1
  • Helen Nicholson - Expleo Group NI
  • Louise O’Hare - FD Technologies
Returner of the Year
sponsored by Deloitte
WINNER - Jude McVitty 
  • Sonia Singh
  • Stephanie Adlam 
Male Advocate of the Year
sponsored by Diversity Mark
WINNER - John Healy - Allstate NI
  • Dr Bryan Keating CBE - DfE Women in STEM Steering Group
  • Chris Sloan - Deloitte LLP
  • Seamus Wilkinson - Version 1      
  • Stuart Harvey - Datactics    
One to Watch in the Future
sponsored by Slice
WINNER - Ellen Marks – ubloquity
  • Alexandra Collins - Datactics
  • Catherine McGinnity - Sensata Technologies
  • Fiona Gildea - ComplyFirst
  • Tanya Matthews - Version 1
  • Victoria Logan - Allstate NI
The award categories for the Women in Tech Awards 2022 are:
C Level Woman of the Year
sponsored by PwC UK
This is a C level woman who has led an organisation and demonstrated innovation and IT excellence. Judges will look at projects and achievements spanning the current organisation or others if applicable, within the last 12 months. Examples of best practice, leadership and alignment to business goals must be included.
Digital Transformation Leader of the Year
sponsored by Core Systems
A female chief digital officer, digital director or leader of a digital transformation who has led an IT/digital transformation or business change programme driven by technology in the last 12 months. Judges will look at examples of the technology and innovation involved; leadership; best practice; results and return on investment; and how change was managed during the programme/s.
Entrepreneur of the Year
sponsored by Allstate NI
A female leader or founder of a technology, digital or e-commerce start-up that has demonstrated excellent growth in the last 12 months. Judges will look at demonstrations of growth (turnover, profit, employees etc.), standout achievements and customer testimonials. 
Tech Team of the Year
sponsored by Realtime
A Tech team, led by a woman, that has delivered innovative and business transformational solutions to a company. Judges will look at projects and achievements, along with examples of best practice, leadership, and alignment to business goals.
Tech Advocate of the Year
sponsored by CIVICA
A woman working in tech who has setup and delivered initiatives, outside of their formal role, internally and externally to their organisation to support women and encourage more women into Tech in the last 12 months. As well as examining the women in tech initiatives the candidates have pioneered to inspire women to succeed in technology, judges will also assess their leadership and the initiative’s impact on, and integration with, the business.
Male Advocate of the Year
sponsored by Diversity Mark
A senior male figure who has gone out of his way to improve the diversity levels of women in tech, within their organisation and/or in the wider community. Nominations must provide case studies or examples of how the candidate has gone out of their way, or strategically prioritised, getting more women into tech.
Returner of the Year
sponsored by Deloitte
A woman with business experience that has returned to the industry after a significant time away (minimum of 2 years) and has delivered value and had immediate impact on the organisation. Judges will look at the last 12 months in the candidate’s career particularly focusing on standout achievements and contributions to successful projects within the organisation.
One to Watch in the Future
sponsored by Slice
A woman under the age of 35, or who turns 35 in 2022, who has progressed rapidly though their career and delivered real business value and innovation through the use of technology. This could include successfully deploying new technologies; enhancing decision-making with technology; creating business value, efficiencies and cost savings, or improving services.
Outstanding Woman in Tech 
sponsored by Version 1
This is a special award that will be awarded to an outstanding woman in the tech industry of Northern Ireland.

Important Dates:

  • Entry deadline - 5pm on Monday 7th March
  • Announcement of shortlisted finalists - Wednesday 16th March
  • Awards Ceremony at Europa Hotel Belfast - Friday 8th April

1. Entrants must be based or have operations in Northern Ireland.

2. Please ensure nominees are available on Friday 8th April 2022 for the Awards Ceremony.

3. An application form will need to be completed for each entrant. The information provided will be disclosed only to the judges. Do not send any other documents / supporting materials as these will not be accepted.

4. There will be one winner per category (unless otherwise stated).

5. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into before or after the judging. All decisions regarding the judging process are made by our judging panel.

6. Details provided in the application form will potentially be used, with approval, for press releases and web content if the nominee is placed as a finalist or winner, so please ensure it is factually correct - we will not be liable for inaccuracies published based on nomination content and changes may not be possible after publication.

7. Applications that do not meet the entry criteria will not be accepted.

8. Entrants can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else.

9. Entrants can apply for more than one category but must submit a full application each time i.e. one category per application.

10. Please complete and return applications by no later than 5pm on Monday 7th March 2022 to: awards@womeninbusinessni.com