The ‘FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards showcases the most dynamic and active women working in STEM.
Dr. Marily Nika, Computer Programming manager at the Google headquarters in the USA, was voted ‘Woman of the Year’ out of a large number of nominees in the ‘FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards’. The award ceremony took place in London on Thursday 8 February 2018.
Her many activities include earning a doctorate in computer science at Imperial College London, where she founded the first women’s group in computing. She also began the London Geekettes, a worldwide platform connecting over 2,000 women involved in technology and has personally guided over 1,000 women. Her work for Google affects millions of people since, amongst other things, she has developed voice recognition technology for all European, Middle Eastern and African languages.
As she said, ‘This is being awarded to a woman from Greece….When I heard those words I couldn’t believe it. I can’t find the words to tell you how I felt at that moment. Please continue to form communities, continue to support people who are passionate about technology, always be close to your family and friends and continue to pursue even your craziest dreams, because if you never try, you’ll never succeed.’
In her recent interview with ‘Bridges’, Marily Nika referred to the importance of the networking of all Greeks, her own collaboration with Greeks, as well as the way in which it helps the inclusion of the Greek language in the global ‘digital map’.
‘FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards’ annually showcases the most dynamic and active women working in Stem, demonstrating the vast range of career opportunities that the sector offers women.
This year, the competition was entitled ‘Inspiring the world of tomorrow’ and focused on role models for young women, concentrating on the importance of cultivating an interest in STEM professions (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) from an early age. Recent studies have revealed that there is a great shortage of female students choosing to study these subjects including computer science (17.2% of women) and engineering and technology (17% of women). Consequently, for the last eight years, the organisation has presented successful women role models working in the sector of technology who can inspire new generations to follow in their footsteps.
Besides ‘Woman of the Year’, a number of other awards were presented including: innovator, ‘digital star’, ‘rising star’, international inspiration, apprentice and others.