Winner of the WISE Influence Award 2015
12 November 2015
Dr Marily Nika, Program Manager (engineering), Google
Marily seizes every opportunity to influence and inspire young women who have a passion for technology. She founded the Women in Computing group at Imperial College London, and is now the director of the London Geekettes, part of a global community dedicated to inspiring and supporting women in tech. Marily organised the UK’s first female-only hackathon, which inspired UCL, Oxford and Edinburgh universities to launch Women in Computing societies. Her talk at TEDxZurich on ‘My hypothetical daughter’s career in tech’ received around 38,800 views.
Originally from Greece, Marily taught herself to code aged six from her brother’s programming books and sat with boys at school in the computer lab while the other girls did art – thinking there was something wrong with her. In 2011, she was the first Greek woman and first student from Imperial to receive the Google Anita Borg Scholarship, going on to a full time role at Google. Marily has given a total of 3 TEDx talks and has been awarded a gold medal from Imperial College London for outstanding achievement as an ambassador for women in tech globally. She says: “Women should follow their passions and realise that if I was able to make my dreams come true, so can they. Having the support of WISE would help me influence the lives of more and more women that were once afraid to follow their dreams and become incredible scientists.”
The judges comments: A truly inspirational woman, this winner is a fantastic ambassador for the millennium generation. She is an authentic software engineer who is passionate about her subject AND about bringing in a new generation of engineers. The judges were impressed with her impact so far and could see that she is the perfect role model to draw girls into the exciting world of technology.