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50 women working in deep tech win the InspiringFifty Award, including Hanneke Schuitemaker of Janssen vaccine.
They are heavily outnumbered, but they are here: women in deep tech. InspiringFifty Deep Tech Benelux+ Edition is a global initiative to shine the spotlight on women working in technology. On January 20th, 50 winners were announced. “These women are rock stars. They are all working on big challenges facing the world,” says Cheryl Boyd, marketing manager of sponsor partner HighTechXL.
Nearly 100 women in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Great Britain were nominated, from which the jury ultimately chose 50 women. These women work on the most advanced hardware and software technologies, also called deep tech. Boyd explains, “Each of them has had a major impact on a wide range of industries, such as healthcare and telecommunications. I was speechless when I saw the list of nominees. These women are truly inspirational.”
Sponsor partners HighTechXL and Fe+male Tech Heroes, based at High Tech Campus Eindhoven, Netherlands, jointly compiled the list of nominees. A jury consisting of judges working at major tech companies, including ASML and Philips, selected the final winners. An award ceremony was originally planned for December 2021, but due to the current corona measures in the Netherlands, the event has been postponed. Organizers will schedule a new date in spring 2022.