Meet the 2019 WISE Computing Award Finalists
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The number of girls taking Computer Science is low, only one in eight of those gaining Computing A Level in 2018 were girls. On this trajectory, we won’t reach gender parity in A-Level Computing for over eighty years.
We don’t think that’s soon enough.
At WISE, we want to inspire more girls to want to work in this area. That’s why the Computer Award exists to celebrate someone working in computing and technology who loves her work, can communicate her passion to others and will inspire others to follow in her footsteps, and take up a role or a degree in Computing.
Keep reading to learn more about this year’s Computer Award finalists!
Artificial Intelligence Industry Fellow, University of Essex
Well known for: creating positive impact using AI
“I love the fact that my job has a direct impact on the world and that it allows me to see how some algorithms can work (or not) on real world data. I work in a field in which there is a lot of misinformation and lack of trust about what algorithms can do, and I actively work to dispel myths of artificial intelligence and be realistic about new technologies. I think we are all responsible for the world we create, and we need to be careful and understand these systems when we deploy them.”
As an AI lecturer, much of Ana’s role involves working with industries to create knowledge-transfer partnerships. She is passionate about the potential for AI to create practical, positive impact in the world. Ana has driven the Women at CSEE group, developing mentoring schemes and working on the Athena SWAN lead in her department. She wants to break barriers that are stopping young women pursuing this amazing career path and also wants to dispel myths about computer science careers.
Snap Finger Click
Well known for: her passion for social gaming
“Even though I do technical stuff, I kind of do creative stuff as well; I write lines of dialogue for games and draw diagrams of what I want it to look like, have brainstorming meetings with people when figuring out new ideas, so that’s really exciting for me and it shows that a background in computing leads to all sorts of interesting opportunities.”
Joanna has been a games designer for over 11 years and works hard to encourage girls to join the male-dominated industry. She is determined to normalise being pregnant and having children while working in the games industry. Jo has participated in many gaming events as a speaker and mentor at Develop in 2016, NI Screen’s Game Development Seminar in 2017, and Pixels and Prosecco – an evening of tech knowledge-sharing with all-women speakers – in 2018. A great innovator in game design, Jo works with girls and students, mentoring and encouraging them to follow her footsteps.
BDO UK LLP
Well known for: her commitment to encouraging women and minorities in STEM
Dr Vayani engages in numerous outreach projects, workshops and events to encourage women and minorities in STEM and computer science. Alongside a very successful career, she was president of KCL’s Women in STEM Society, running workshops, conferences and lightning talks. She uses social media to reach thousands, offering advice and sharing her experiences and suggesting events and engagements. An articulate, bright individual with real influence, Dr. Vayani is using this opportunity to encourage and champion women in STEM.
The winners of the Computing Award will be announced at the WISE Awards, taking place on the 7th November, 2019 at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London.
If you would like to attend, tickets for the event can be purchased here