April 14, 2016
On Wednesday night I had the opportunity to attend the second annual DCFemTech Awards. There were several hundred people in attendance, all there to celebrate women who work in the trenches of DC Tech.
The DCFemTech Awards are unlike most awards in technology – even unlike most awards for women in technology – in that they recognize the women who are working day-in-day-out developing code and designing killer websites and online tools, as opposed to those who are leaders, founders, and CEOs (although I’m sure many of these women are also leaders and well on their way to becoming founders, and CEOs).
Fifty-two women were recognized and that’s only a fraction of the female programmers and designers kicking ass in the region, which happens to also be the top city for women in tech. Recipients were nominated by their colleagues, friends, and family for their awesome contributions as either “Powerful Women Programmers” or “Powerful Women Designers”.
The programmer recipients were chosen based on: impact on organization (helped company/non-profit grow & achieve goals); complexity of issues addressed with code (building a webpage vs. a complex system); impact on community (contributed to broader tech/women in tech community or open source contributions)
The design recipients were selected based on similar criteria: impact on organization (helped company/non-profit grow & achieve goals); complexity of issues addressed with design (designing a platform that provides a great user experience vs. one page website); and impact on community (contributed to broader tech/women in tech community or open source contributions).
DC’s CTO Archana Vemulapalli was also on hand to address the crowd and support the recipients.
“I am proud to take part in the recognition of this impressive group of women who are making a difference within their organizations and making their mark on the city’s rapidly growing technology footprint,” said Vemulapalli in a statement. “These awardees are exemplary of the breadth and depth of technical talent that city has to offer, not just to companies based in the region, but nationwide.”
DCFemTech is a coalition of women leaders aimed at amplifying the efforts of women in tech organizations in and around DC. They recognize the amount of talent in the region and are striving to make women in technology more of the norm than the exception. Sponsors for the event were Capital One, Siteworx, Wingate Hughes, and GitHub.
Powerful Women Programmers:
Alexandra Ulsh, Mapbox
Alison Rowland, Commerce Data Service
Aliya Rahman, Wellstone Action
Allison McMillan, General Assemb.ly
Ally Palanzi, Vox Media
Amanda Hewitt, 540.co
Annie J Wang, Analyst Institute
Annyce Davis, Off Grid Electric
Ashley Holtz, CrowdStrike
Carol Hansen, Mapbox
Clare Politano Hutchings, Social Tables
Gem Barrett, Open Technology Institute
Jacqueline Kazil, Capital One
Jessica Bell, RepEquity
Jessica Dommes, WeddingWire
Jessica Ng, AOL
Kat Kuhl, CHIEF
Katie Cunningham, SpeakAgent
Lindsay Young, 18F
Lisa Chung, The Motley Fool
Lizzie Ellis, Democratic National Committee
Pamela Vong, InfernoRed Technology
Rakia Finley, Surge Assembly and FIN. Digital
Tammy Perrin, Attunity
Veni Kunche, Blasterra and USGS Geological Survey
Vera Lyalko, JBS International, Inc.
Powerful Women Designers:
Acacia Betancourt, GlobalGiving
Alesha Randolph, Vox Media
Alexis Dominick, CircleBack
Ashleigh Axios, The White House
Ashleigh Liggett, Siteworx
Behnaz Babazadeh, AddThis
Brooke Jordan, Aquicore
Crystal C. Yan, FiscalNote
Daniela Montalvo Shuffler, WeddingWire
Elisabeth Warren, Clearly Innovative
Georgia Cowley, Vox Media
JoAnna Hunt, Blackboard
Kara DeFrias, 18F
Karelia Jo Moore, Huge
Libby Bawcombe, NPR
Maggie Gaudaen, iStrategyLabs
Mariesa Dale, Pivotal Labs
Melanie Charlton, Brllnt
Mollie Bates, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Mollie Ruskin, U.S. Digital Services
Ngan Hoang, Vox Media, Inc.
Olivia Cheng, iStrategyLabs
Radhika Bhatt, Department of Commerce
Ramla Mahmood, Vox Media
Sarah Brooks, Veterans Affairs
Sibyl Edwards, Freelancer
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