We know women are making an incredible impact in technology every day, and we want to celebrate their successes. Their initiatives, ingenuity and innovation are helping them win, and helping the organisations they work for to turn technology into a competitive advantage.
That’s why we’ve created the Technology Playmaker Awards 2018. To recognise, celebrate and reward their achievements so they can become a source of inspiration for future generations of women who are looking to embrace the opportunities the world of technology can offer. The awards carry a prize for the category winners and for the overall winner, with the possibility for the winner to donate their prize to a cause of their choice should they wish to.
According to a report by the European Commission, having more women in the technology sector could boost the EU’s GDP by €9 billion a year. However, women currently make up only 30% of the 7 million people working in Europe’s digital sector. While the underrepresentation of women is a worldwide challenge, European tech start-ups led by women are particularly affected, with only 14.7% of European tech unicorns being founded by women compared to 17% in the US.
Booking.com wants to recognize and support the European technology scene, including those women driving innovation and to address this gender imbalance and celebrate successful women in tech on the continent, the inaugural Booking.com Technology Playmaker Awards will in their first year be focussed on Europe.
Diversity of all kinds has been core to Booking.com’s culture since the company was founded 20 years ago, and as part of a continued effort to make Booking.com one of the most diverse and gender-balanced tech companies in the world, we are committed to diversity inside and outside the walls of Booking.com. Our workforce is truly global, it consists of 150 different nationalities, and more than half is made up by women. And around 20% of our technology focussed team are women.
But we know that the bar doesn’t stop here, and that is why we are happy to launch the inaugural Technology Playmaker Awards to highlight and recognise the amazing achievements women are making in the ever growing and dynamic world of technology. We believe that by showcasing industry leaders and innovators, more and more companies will continue to think about and embrace gender diversity in technology.
Randi Zuckerberg will be joining us as our guest speaker at the awards ceremony on 8th March 2018 at the Sackler Hall at the Museum of London. We are offering a limited number of free places. So if you would like to join us and hear Randi’s insights on the world of women in technology, please visit our About page to find out how you can apply.