2021 TechDiversity Nominations OpenThe #TechDiversity Awards recognise individuals and groups that have demonstrated leadership and embraced inclusion by raising awareness and promoting diversity initiatives and programs. These people have displayed outstanding expressions of leadership, behavior, initiatives, commitment and courage, key touchstones needed to embrace inclusion and drive diversity.

I am delighted to officially announce that nominations are now open for the 2021 #TechDiversity awards.  We did not host the awards in 2020 due to the pandemic and are going ‘all out’ to make sure the 2021 #TechDiversity Awards will be a night to remember.  It will be a true celebration of the individuals and organisations championing diversity and inclusion.

Luli Adeyemo, Director, TechDiversity

 

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Category Explainers

1. Government

Government initiatives focus on the utilising government departments, policies, programs, or platforms to shift the dial in diversity within the Tech Industry.

This is the category for you if you work:
•  For any Government agency, federal or state
•  For an organisation that is running a joint project/initiative with a Government agency
•  At a Consultancy working with Government

Maybe you work for an agency that has developed an app that indicates local available services for people who are currently without a home. Maybe you are developing an online accessibility toolkit to assist creating digital platforms and content that are accessible and inclusive for everyone.

In real terms, what might this look like? Below are some previous winning submissions:
•  A program to employ a cohort of people with ASD into a Government department for (at least) two years.
•  A Government funded program that uses the power and influence of Video Games (gamification) to change the beliefs and behaviours of teenage boys towards LGBTI+.
•  A Youth Employment Scheme (YES) traineeship program to increase the participation of disadvantaged youth (under 24 years of age) into the workforce with a focus on IT and STEM disciplines.

2. Business

Business initiatives are focused on those that provide opportunities for organisations to better promote the needs of, support, or even attract, diverse leaders and team members.

This is the category for you if you work:
•  Within a traditional business model
•  For a traditional tech company
•  In tech department within another industry
•  A start-up
•  Not For Profit
•  At a Consultancy working with businesses

Maybe you have set up a Diversity and Inclusion committee to look at the current imbalance within your organisation, then have designed programs to address this. Maybe you have been involved in the development and design of such a program to address the imbalance.

In real terms, what might this look like? Below are some previous winning submissions:
•  Creation of a hub to help solve the problem of employability for International Students. With a focus on empowering these students and graduates to participate in the Australian startup ecosystem. (Noting that this submission could also align with the Education category. Absolutely you can nominate the same initiative in more that one category)
•  A ‘Developer’ program that offers a paid scholarship and fulltime salary to women who are changing careers or looking to re-enter the workforce within the field of software engineering
•  An initiative that looks at progressing the diversity makeup across the whole of an organisation.

3. Marketing, Media and Advertising

Marketing, Media, and Advertising initiatives have utilised the power of marketing, media, and/or advertising to support diversity initiatives, promote diversity, or change traditional ways of thinking about Tech and the industry itself.

This is the category for you if you work:
•  Any organisation that has created a marketing / media / advertising campaign to promote diversity and inclusion
•  An agency that has created a marketing / media / advertising campaign to promote diversity and inclusion
•  An academic institution that has created a marketing / media / advertising campaign to promote diversity and inclusion
•  A government agency that has created a marketing / media / advertising campaign to promote diversity and inclusion

Maybe you work for an agency that has developed a campaign to promote D&I as way to inspire innovation. Maybe you work in marketing and actively look at ways for your projects to be accessible?

In real terms, what might this look like? Below are some previous winning submissions:
•  A campaign that encourages and inspires the Australian LGBTI community to bring their authentic selves to work each and every day.
•  A live / online TV and podcast series that focuses on startup culture, innovation and future technology.
•  An advertising campaign that promotes inclusion

4. Education

Education initiatives focus on improving pathways into the technology industry, through research, delivery education based programs, or development of initiatives/programs that can be adopted by organisations.

This is the category for you if you work:
•  For an academic institution
•  Or run research projects aligned with education
•  For an organisation that is running a joint project/initiative with education
•  A start-up
•  Not For Profit
•  At a Consultancy working with Education / Academia

Maybe you are running a research project that looks to upskill people returning to the workforce after a break? Maybe you are part of an initiative that introduces STEM to High School students.

In real terms, what might this look like? Below are some previous winning submissions:
•  A research project that trials female-only tutorials in a first-year programming subject, in order to positively influence engagement and participation of female students in Computer Science.
•  A social innovation that showcases the talents of people with Autism.
•  An outreach program that introduces STEM to school age students.

5. Tech for Good

This category was introduced this year. This is the category for you if you:
•  Work for an organisation / start-up / not for profit / academic institution / Government agency / agency / consultancy that uses technology for good.

Within our Tech For Good category, there are four subcategories:
1. Social Impact – addressing societal challenges – helping society flourish and organisations succeed.
Examples: Education | Utilities | Poverty & Homelessness | Healthcare | Unemployment | Gender Inequality | Property Prices | Human Rights
2. Environmental Sustainability – interacting with the planet responsibly – conserving natural resources and protecting ecosystems.
Examples: Climate Change | Recycling | Conservation | Eco-friendly Packaging | Reducing Emissions | Clean Water | Reforestation
3. Accessibility & Inclusivity – building a more inclusive and accessible world.
Examples: Assistive Technology | Language-based Services | Minimising Inaccessibility | LGBTQ+ | Race & Ethnicity | Free / Low-Cost Tech
4. Health & Wellbeing – helping individuals and organisations create a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing.
Examples: Fitness & Recreation | Mental Health Services | Physical Health Tech | Harm Minimisation | Sport | Community Engagement

What might this actually look like?
•  A data-analysis platform that provides insight into cultural and demographic diversity within an organisation.
•  An app that’s assists visually impaired people to lead more independent lives.
•  An app that facilitates the discounted sale of end-of-day food from quick-service restaurants to consumers, preventing the food going to landfill.

These are just a few examples – If you are involved in a similar project or initiative, we want to hear from you.
Please note that you can enter submissions in multiple categories.

Nomination Criteria

We are seeking nominations of Initiatives that exhibit excellence in #TechDiversity across one or more of the following sectors and categories:

  1. Government
  2. Business
  3. Marketing, Media and Advertising
  4. Education
  5. Tech For Good
    a. Social Impact
    b. Environmental Sustainability
    c. Accessibility & Inclusivity
    d. Health & Wellbeing

These initiatives must demonstrate amplifying diversity awareness and achieving a culture of inclusion, through conversation, collaboration and action.

In these sectors we are seeking new initiatives and more established initiatives (greater than 2 years old).  Nominations will be assessed against the following criteria that align with the values of the #TechDiversity Foundation:

• The unique qualities of the nominated Initiative compared to existing sector programs
• Demonstration of Behavioural change within the nominating organisation
• The plan to ensure the ongoing success of the Initiative (Commitment)
• Courage exhibited in creating and fostering the initiative
• Leadership driving the initiative
• Contribution to diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math sectors.

Nominations are to cover

• Overview of the project or initiative
• Approach
• Actions/initiatives
• Follow up/response (to the project or initiative)
• Actions to overcome resistance, and
• Outcomes achieved, relating to diversity targets and wider program goals

Industry, government and educational experts will review and rate the nominations using a ratings model, with the highest average rating selected as our winners.

Support

If you have any questions on the entry process or require support, please contact the organisers by email at stacey@bestcasescenario.com.au or call on 0415 468 075

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