CEPIS Award for Women in ICT

CEPIS has been supporting women and girls in ICT through awards for many years. Such awards are an effective way of recognising and encouraging participation in this exciting sector and help raising awareness of the range of career opportunities it offers.

Digital Woman AwardCEPIS is a partner of the Digital Woman Award, an official pledge in support of the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs, and is working together with ECWT, European Schoolnet, Digital Europe, and Zen Digital Europe, to recognise talented young digital women. The Digital Woman Award is a pan-European prize for women and girls who distinguish themselves in digitally-driven and digitally-enabled areas of study and work.

Digital Woman AwardThis Award is organised under the patronage of Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission and a longstanding supporter of women in ICT. On 7 November 2013, Neelie Kroes announced the winners of the award at Europe’s largest ICT event, ICT 2013.

"I am so happy to congratulate these talented women and girls who have achieved great things in ICT,” said Vice President Kroes of the first Digital Woman Award winners. And I hope they go on to inspire more women to explore the digital sector," she added.

The winners of the 2013 Digital Woman Awards are:

1. Digital Girl of the Year category:

Amy Mather (United Kingdom). At 13 years old, Amy has been coding for three years and has inspired people of all ages with her keynote speeches across the UK. She teaches older pupils how to code during her school lunch breaks and with the Manchester Girl Geeks.

Lune Victoria van Ewijk (Belgium). Lune develops her own games and interactive movies, designs robots and dreams of becoming an engineer.


Amy Mather

Lune Victoria van Ewijk


2. Digital Impact Organisation of the Year category: Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (HTW), Berlin's largest University of applied sciences. In 2009, HTW inaugurated an innovative women-only bachelor programme, aimed at increasing leadership for women in technology. The programme accepts forty applicants every year and celebrated its first graduating class in 2012.

3. Digital Woman of the Year category:Sasha Bezuhanova (Bulgaria). Sasha is the founder and Chairperson of the Bulgarian Centre of Women in Technology. In 2012, Sasha launched ‘Where Leaders Meet’ conversations, where successful female role models share their personal and professional stories with a female only audience.


Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft

Sasha Bezuhanova


girlsinit_2012Winners were revealed at the e-Skills Week Closing Event in Copenhagen on 30 March 2012. The Girls in IT Award was won by a team of three young Greek girls who successfully collaborated to create a recycling robot ‘Beatbot Robotics’. From the Czech Republic, Sarka Vávrová was awarded the runner up prize for her entry ‘Electronic Timekeeper’.

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Interviews with both the winner and runner-up can be found below.


Winner: BeatBot Robotics

Runner-Up: Electronic Timekeeper


At the closing event of European e-Skills Week 2010, CEPIS launched a new award to encourage young women to take up and stay in ICT-related education and thus careers.

To bridge the gap between the demand for ICT professionals and the decreasing supply of female graduates in the field, CEPIS has run a pan-European competition on digital competence for women. The winners of the award were announced at the closing event of European e-Skills Week in Brussels on 5 March 2010 and presented by CEPIS Vice President Malgorzata Kalinowska-Iszkowska.

CEPIS awards education grant to two of Europe's promising future ICT professionals



To become an innovation society and for Europe to recover fully from the economic downturn, it is imperative that more women are enticed into ICT studies and careers. 

Europe’s capacity to emerge stronger from the economic crisis is closely linked to its ability to innovate, increase productivity and compete with other dynamic knowledge economies. ICT is a powerful vehicle to foster innovation across all sectors, but will only facilitate economic recovery with a constant supply of professionals with the right skills. However, the low numbers of women taking up ICT-related education is a barrier to progress and indicates a significant untapped human capital resource for Europe.

Fourteen-year-old Anna Voríšková from Czech Republic won the €1000 education grant for her website and blog project, which she created herself, and runner-up Louisa Luciani from Sweden received €500 towards her degree in Computing Engineering for her experience creating computer clubs and acting as a role model for the involvement of women in ICT.

Both CEPIS and other EU Studies highlight that shortages of skilled personnel will have an adverse impact on Europe’s economic future, the development of human capital in ICT and the ability of Europe to innovate. Promotion of women in ICT-related education and careers will enable Europe to better compete and contribute towards the successful achievement of the European Economic strategy, which places ICT innovation at its core.