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The Abie Awards Recognize Women In Technology

Oct 6

The winners of the 2020 Abie Awards in five categories were announced today by, a charity dedicated to uniting, inspiring, and guiding women in computing and businesses that see technological innovation as a strategic need.

The 2020 Abie Award winners, according to Brenda Darden Wilkerson, president and chief executive officer of, "are paving the road for an inclusive technology future in which individuals who develop technology represent the people and societies for whom they are designed." "Along with their own technical achievements, each of the awardees has paved the way for the subsequent generation of female innovators. As we collaborate to grow tomorrow's workforce by empowering today's leaders, we are thrilled to honor their accomplishments."


The 2020 Abie Award winners

The Abie Award for Change Agents honors a noteworthy international woman (non-American resident) who has expanded or enhanced opportunities for girls and women in technology. The 2020 Change Agent Winner, Dr. Jessica Wade, is eradicating gender discrimination one Wikipedia article at a time.

The Emerging Leader Abie Award in Honor of Denice Denton recognizes a young academic member who has significantly improved diversity via excellent research. The honor was given to Professor Denice Denton (1959–2006), a member of the engineering faculty and the nation's first female dean of a school of engineering, in appreciation of her lifelong efforts to advance diversity in higher education and give minorities a voice. The 2020 Emerging Leader Award goes to Dr. Olga Russakovsky for her work using research and mentoring to tackle discrimination in artificial intelligence.

The Student of Vision Abie Award honors a graduate or undergraduate student who has shown a commitment to envisioning and creating technology that is representative of the people and communities for whom it is intended. This student is enthused by cutting-edge technology and exhorts others to become involved in its advancement. The 2020 Student of Vision Award for Empowering Zimbabwean Females to Use Technology to Address the Nation's Food Supply goes to Pelagia Majoni.

A woman who has led or developed a product, process, or idea that significantly impacted business or society is recognized with the Technical Leadership Abie Award. The award recipient exhibits a commitment to increasing women's involvement in technology. The recipient of the 2020 Technical Leadership Award, Dr. Lisa Su, is a CEO who transformed her business from an industry underdog to a leader.

The Abie Award for Technological Entrepreneurship recognizes a female entrepreneur who has developed a unique, ground-breaking, and game-changing technology company (within a larger organization or not). She directly assumes responsibility for developing an idea into a successful final product via aggressive risk-taking and inventiveness. She turns technology into sustainable companies, markets, and change, making her a powerful role model for young women coming up through the pipeline. The 2020 Technology Entrepreneurship Award goes to Tracy Young for transforming the way technology is used in construction.

Recipients of Abie Awards serve as living examples of how everyone of us, both individually and collectively, has the power to change the world through our achievements and unique perspectives. The Virtual Grace Hopper Celebration in September 2020 will commemorate all five winners, and speakers from those events will also be recognized. Each of these five inspirational individuals will be featured on social media by during the month of August. For further information, go to


A website devoted to Anita B is called

A 501(c)(3) non-profit social enterprise called is committed to increasing the proportion of women who work as engineers globally. Tens of thousands of women and leading businesses collaborate with to build inclusive and diverse workplace cultures. Anita Borg, the pioneer of computer science who gave our firm its name, launched it in 1997. Our company aspires to a day when the teams that build technology reflect the people and society for whom it is intended.