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2020 National Women in Digital Awards

The national Women in Digital Awards is going ahead this year - rain, hail or pandemic we're determined to celebrate our industry leaders!

The Women in Digital Awards are a celebration of incredible women within the digital industries and the businesses that support them.

The night is dedicated to incredible women, companies, disruptors and advocates within the Digital and IT industries. From Female Founder to Developer of the Year, we are providing a platform for women who are dedicated to their craft, their business, and helping others in the industry.

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

Despite external challenges in 2020, we're determined to keep the tradition alive by hosting a memorable virtual experience to connect, educate and empower the community through these challenging times.

Join this year's MCs Nadine Bates and Kristen Souvlis, cofounders of Like a Photon, for our fantastic virtual event!

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Our Keynote: Fareena Contractor: Director of International Emerging Tech Innovation at Walmart

Fareena is a former molecular geneticist who helped develop the H1N1 vaccine at Serum Institute of India and researched brain cancer suppressors at University of Alberta. She left the lab in 2011 to explore opportunities in the telecommunications and sports industries, ultimately leading to an MBA at the University of Toronto. There, focusing on Design Thinking and Strategy, she found her calling in business innovation. Over the last 3 years at Walmart, she built a grassroots innovation organization which has disrupted the status quo and effected change across functions, levels, and countries.

Today, she also leads tech implementation for Walmart and is responsible for the fast and efficient delivery of large scale projects such as online grocery, ML forecasting in logistics, next generation Wi-Fi, in-store applications and many more. When she’s not working, you can probably find her backpacking in another country or on a silent meditation retreat.

Event Details

Location: Your office / home office / whereever there's wifi!

Dress Code: Black tie

Ticketing: We're selling viewing only tickets, and viewing + catering tickets. Our catering packages will include a beer / wine package plus charcuterie board.

Schedule: 3:00 - 5:00pm

3:00pm - Begin your celebrations with live entertainment, enjoying your "on-arrival" nibblies (available in our catering ticket option) and, of course, snapping those fabulous, #WIDaward selfies!

3:30pm - Event kickoff! We're encouraging teams to get together in person or virtually, to celebrate this illustrious event which represents resilience and excellence. After a 'welcome to country' and introduction from our MCs, we'll hear from our international keynote as she shares her personal journey spanning 3 continents and a few career changes.

4:00pm - We'll then announce the award finalists and winners over the next hour as our virtual guests enjoy a few celebratory Friday afternoon beverages. There'll be a few surprises and a lot of excitement with special guests (including Leanne Kemp, Founder & CEO of Everledger!) throughout this unprecedented event production.

5:00pm - Event close