With nominations now open for the 2016 Women of the Year awards, check out the video highlights of last year's event below.
Back in October, PCR extended its Women of the Year awards to include more categories to celebrate the variety of women working within different roles in the tech and IT industry.
As well as the awards, we heard some informative talks. Maggie Zaboura, CEO and co-founder of Zaboura Communications (headline partner at the event), spoke about the importance of female role models within the industry (read more of her speech here).
We also heard from CompTIA’s Nancy Hammervik, who derailed how women can help close the IT skills gap (read more about her speech here).
There were four awards up for grabs on the day: Rising Star, Sales, Marketing and PR, and Woman of the Year.
The winner of last year’s Women of the Year award was Nova Smith, owner of IT Tablet PC. As well as celebrating Nova’s achievements so far, she says the award has helped her further her plans for the business.
“I’ve spoken to CompTIA, they want me to speak at their big conference in February in Leeds and do some networking there. I also spoke to Adam Simon from Context – he wants to see if he can do anything for me. Local businesses have also heard about the awards – they’re asking me to go in and speak to women in their businesses.
“I’m also now one of the three finalists out of 3,000 entrants in the Natwest Everywoman Awards, which is run by the Daily Mail and Natwest. That’s at the Dorchester Hotel in London on December 2nd, and Karen Brady is heavily involved in that,” Nova told PCR in an interview.
Since the event, she has also revealed plans to partner with retailers.
“I’ve just brought out some fantastic products that will be absolutely ideal for retail,” Nova Smith told PCR. “They’re still under the £99 bracket, featuring 10-inch IPS, gorilla glass, and will compete with the iPad.”
Watch the video highlight of this year’s PCR Women of the Year below, and send in your nominations for who you think should be up for an award this year.
Nominate a colleague, friend or mentor (or yourself) in any of the six categories - the deadline is Wednesday July 20th.
Once the nominations are in we will publish the finalists, and then a carefully put together panel will then choose the winners, with the trophies being presented on the day.
Tickets to the event are just £59 (plus VAT) and this will include free drinks and nibbles. Tickets can be bought here.
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