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WiT Awards 2017 Finalists Announced

The 2017 cohort of WiT Awards finalists are ambitious, accomplished and achieving amazing feats in technology and life sciences.

The prestigious WiT annual awards now in their 20th year are about celebrating women who are leaders and experts in their fields, succeeding in traditionally male dominated technology and life science industries.

WiT Co-President Kristy Simpkin said this year’s celebration of our 20 Years was all about celebrating our past, advancing, connecting and empowering our future.

“I am blown away by the tales, talent and tenacity of the finalists – the judges once again had a difficult time deciding on finalists and winners” Mrs Simpkin said.

Dr Alison Rice, Co President was equally impressed by the finalists and mirrored Kristy’s sentiments.

“From pioneering medical innovations to leading ground-breaking research and building a business from the ground up these women are truly remarkable.” Dr Rice said.

The list of finalists includes 32 outstanding women and organisations making their mark and three inspiring organisations embracing diversity and providing an outstanding working environment for women.

There is no doubt this year’s finalists are diverse working in start-ups, government, small business, the university sector and private industry.

Winners will be announced at the Gala Awards dinner on Friday 1 September 2017 at the Royal International Convention Centre. Tickets are available at www.wit.org.au but are selling fast. In addition to the awards presentation the audience will hear presentations from accomplished global keynote speaker Holly Ransom and Amazon Web Services and Cloud Computing head of Global Public Sector Teresa Carlson.

WiT is proud to be supporting Share the Dignity as their 2017 charity partner for the event.

Sponsors and supporters include the Queensland Government, Queensland University of Technology, The University of Queensland, QUT ihbi, Griffith University, PwC, Amazon Web Services, River City Labs, Brisbane Marketing, Australian Computer Society & Flight Centre.

See full list of finalists here


The second of our WiT Stories comes from Sarah Kirkland, creator of Red Cat Science and Winner of our Outstanding Educator Award 2016.

On receiving advice of her nomination for a WiT Award Sarah had a similar response to a lot of our nominees....."really......me?  On applying she found the application process beneficial in taking a step back and looking at herself and what she had achieved and not taking herself for granted. 

The result.....Sarah became winner of our first Outstanding Educator Award!....


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