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DCFemTechrecognizes DC region’s outstanding women engineers, designers and data scientists

3rd Annual Awards Celebration Scheduled for May 18th

April 19, 2017 —Washington, DC — DCFemTech, the coalition of women leaders aimed at lowering the barriers to entry for women in tech by amplifying the efforts of women in tech organizations, has recognized 48 women as recipients of their annual DCFemTech Awards. On May 18th, the organization and its members will host a reception at The Washington Post to celebrate the recipients and nominees.

DCFemTech opened the call for nominations for outstanding women engineers, designers and data scientists—a new category this year—based in the DC region on February 28, 2017 and received 393 submissions representing 169 women.

DCFemTech aims to support organizations that enable women to build their skills and create communities in the tech scene while also encouraging companies to make it a priority to hire talented women engineers, designers, data scientists and other tech leaders. The awards program was conceptualized to focus exclusively on the DC region’s women engineers and programmers, as opposed to awards that recognize women working in non-technical roles at technology companies.

Nominations were down selected by a committee comprised of engineers, designers data scientists, and executives for each category and this year’s recipients were chosen based on each woman’s impact on the organization they work for, the complexity of the issue they addressed with code or design or data, and their impact on the community, or contributions to the greater women in tech space. The final awardees ranked in the top 25 percent of their respective categories.

We are pleased to announce that the award recipients are:

Engineering:

Design:

Data Science:

“The DCFemTech Awards has become a leading indicator of the strength and quality of women technologists in the DC region,” said Shana Glenzer, CMO of MakeOffices and cofounder of DCFemTech. “We received 79 nominations for our inaugural awards. Three years later, nominations increased by more than 200 percent and we even received nominations for women outside of the area. We know that DC is a preeminent region for women in tech and we are excited to celebrate women using their tech talents to make significant contributions within their organizations and our DC Tech ecosystem.”

What: DCFemTech Awards Reception

When: Thursday, May 18th, 2017 from 6-8pm

Where: The Washington Post, 1301 K Street, NW, Washington, DC

Media can RSVP: https://nvite.com/dcft17 or by e-mailing Lisa Throckmorton at lthrockmorton@speakerboxpr.com

The DCFemTech Awards are made possible through the generous support of Amazon Web Services, Capital One, Justworks, Mapbox, Optoro, Osha Liang, Wingate Hughes, & The Washington Post.

About DCFemTech

DCFemTech is a coalition of women leaders aimed at amplifying the efforts of women in tech organizations, sharing resources, and bringing leaders together to close the gender gap. Members are affiliated with organizations with women attendance that is 50% or higher, who have a focus on technology and who have a primary focus in the mission statement about gender or women.

DCFemTech also shares a list of resources for women seeking places to learn specific skills (development, design, networking, etc.). For up-to-date information follow @DCFemTech on Twitter.