Award Categories

The Women in Digital Awards were founded in 2018 based on the idea ‘you can’t be what you can’t see.’

We believe that unless we have more visible role models in digital and technology we won’t change the status quo. By shining a light on industry leaders, we shine a light on the career pathways and possibilities that digital and technology provides to women.

In 2023 we had 15 award categories to nominate an outstanding woman (or team), or nominate yourself for one (or two) of the categories below.

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2024 Award Categories.

Champion of Change

This category celebrates an impact-orientated individual that is driving change and social good by either harnessing the power of digital or improving the digital industry.

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Cyber Leader of the Year

This award recognises the incredible importance of cybersecurity and governance to keep us safe online by celebrating a dedicated and innovative cybersecurity professional. This is an individual category recognising Australia’s best female cybersecurity leaders driving innovation, strengthening resiliency, and influencing industry change.

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Customer Experience Leader of the Year

Recognising the extraordinary power of customer experience design to create integrated omnichannel experiences. This is an individual entry designed to recognise and showcase incredible intuitive and branded customer experiences.

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Data Leader of the Year

This award recognises a distinctive business leader who has built a revolutionary data-centric program while guiding teams to outstanding achievement through vision, inspiration, creativity, and commitment.

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Digital Marketer of the Year

Celebrating a data-driven Digital Marketer who has achieved exceptional results across any medium including but not limited to search, paid, programmatic, EDM, content or social media.

Digital Transformation Leader of the Year

This award recognises a distinctive business leader driving the transformation of an organisation through digital technology. For this category we are looking for exceptional change, project and stakeholder management.

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Digital Workforce: Skills for the Future

This award recognises the important role employers play in evolving their workforces’ skills and capabilities to keep pace with the fourth digital revolution. This category celebrates an organisation that is investing in the future of their workforce through digital skill development and training.

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Employer of the Year

The Women in Digital Awards were created in the belief that digital services and products should be built by all people, for all people and this award honours that belief. This award recognises the importance of diversity in developing more innovative and inclusive companies to support the future pipeline of women in technology.

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Executive Leader of the Year

Awarded to Australia’s most outstanding executive leader in the digital sector, this category recognises the importance of leadership in driving digital transformation in Australia and across their organisation and industry.

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Founder of the Year

An award for Australia’s leading female digital founder. Demonstrating a true entrepreneurial spirit and with vision and excellent execution, this founder and their organisation will leave an impact.

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Indigenous Leader of the Year

This award acknowledges First Nations’ voices are imperative in helping to build the technology we all use every day and are uniquely placed to use technology to solve problems that are specific to their community including preserving language and culture for future generations.

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Industry Excellence Award

This category celebrates an individual working in the digital industry that is consistently demonstrating excellence in their work. Recognising excellence across all skills in the digital industry, nominees are outperformers in their field, delivering best-in-class outcomes and raising the bar for the industry.

Innovator of the Year

Awarded to Australia’s most outstanding innovator, this category recognises the most forward-thinking, innovative and disruptive product, service or business enhancement of the year.

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Product Manager of the Year

This award celebrates the best of Australia’s talent in digital Product Management, awarded to an influential Product Manager who has delivered exceptional results through skill in product strategy, leadership, stakeholder management and more.

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Public Sector: Digital Transformation Team of the Year

This award recognises excellence in digital transformation and the critical importance of effective digital capabilities within our public sector and government organisations. This award recognises the year’s most successful transformation of a government organisation or its service delivery through digital technology. 

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Rising Star of the Year

This award recognises an ambitious innovator who has demonstrated an outstanding level of initiative and leadership as a digital specialist within the first five years of your career.

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Software Engineer of the Year

The recipient of this award has shown that they are an industry leader in building and developing software. 

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Technical Leader of the Year

This award champions someone that leads the successful delivery of high-performing technology applications (or projects) and as a result enhances commercial outcomes for an organisation.

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UX Leader of the Year

This category recognises the extraordinary power of user experience design to create meaningful and intuitive digital experiences.

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The awards gala is where the community comes together – providing a great opportunity to network with industry leaders.

  • Self-reflection and recognition. You’d be amazed by the number of times we hear, “I didn’t realise how well I was doing! I feel like a winner just for entering”. The nomination process encourages you to take stock of your wins and articulate your achievements.
  • Business visibility. By entering the Women in Digital Awards, you’ll have some of the industry’s finest judges and leaders review your entry and learn more about the work you do. If you become a finalist or winner, you’ll have even more of the industry’s best and brightest learning about the incredible work you do! This is business gold (hello free PR!)
  • Career visibility. If you know the value of good marketing, you’ll know that it’s not just reserved for products and services. That principle also applies to careers! Get your work out there, and let the success speak volumes about you.
  • Inspiring others. If you struggle with the limelight, remember that your entry and potential win isn’t just about you. By putting yourself forward and showcasing your work in digital and technology you have the opportunity inspire young girls and women to follow in your footsteps and realise a career in technology.