Local organizations recognize Vegas female techies at third annual award ceremony

The Las Vegas Community Tech Fund, HiTech Vegas LLC and WomenAdvancing will present the third annual Las Vegas Women in Technology Awards 2016 to recognize the achievements of leading women in technology fields working in the greater Las Vegas metro area. The Las Vegas Women in Technology Awards will be awarded to five women representing technology industries including: Robotics, Information Technology (IT), Computer Engineering, 3D Printing, Robotics, New Technology Products, Tech Startups and Tech Entrepreneurs. Nominations are now open and being accepted online through April 15 at www.vegaswomentechawards.net.

The Las Vegas Women in Technology Awards encompass many sectors of technology as a whole to recognize and promote the advancement of women in their technological careers. Five awards will be given: High Tech Woman of the Year, High Tech Rising Star, High Tech Community Service, High Tech Entrepreneur and High Tech Mentor. The award ceremony will take place in May.

“We’re excited to launch our third annual awards and ceremony; it has grown rapidly year-over-year! This award recognizes the amazing achievements of local women changing the face of technology in Las Vegas,” says Lori Nguyen, president of HiTech Vegas LLC, founder of Las Vegas Community Tech Fund, and founder of the Las Vegas Woman in Technology awards.

Sponsorships at the 2015 annual award event included Zappos.com, Foundation Room Las Vegas, College of Southern Nevada, Diamond Group Marketing, Elev8 Consulting Group, Lucky Girl Designs, Exhibit Fair International, SEN Technologies, Blurb IQ, Aruze Gaming, Las Vegas Interactive Marketing Association, Cinder Staffing.

“Community support really helps turn this annual event into a successful reality,” says Melissa Skipworth, chapter lead of WomenAdvancing Las Vegas and co-presenter of the Las Vegas Women in Technology In the past 10 years, growth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs has been three times greater than non-STEM jobs. While women comprise 48 percent of the US workforce, just 24 percent are in STEM fields, a statistic that has held constant for nearly the last decade according to Million Women Mentors. We hope to encourage women in STEM jobs by honoring them with these awards for the Las Vegas community.

Founded in 2014, HiTech Vegas LLC., and WomenAdvancing Las Vegas launched the Las Vegas Women in Technology Awards (#LVWTA) to recognize the achievements of leading women in technology fields working in the greater Las Vegas metro area. The Las Vegas Women in Technology Awards encompass the various sectors of technology as a whole to recognize and promote the advancement of women in technological careers. The Las Vegas Women in Technology Awards are awarded annually to five women representing technology industries including: Robotics, Information Technology (IT), Computer Engineering, 3D Printing, new technology inventions, entrepreneurs and start-ups. Learn more at www.vegaswomentechawards.net.

The Las Vegas Community Tech Fund is a nonprofit organization, who is establishing a large fund to create a true, centralized, Las Vegas Technology Community. The Las Vegas Community Tech Fund (not for profit) will be established by means of sponsorship and donations used solely to market the leading Las Vegas technology companies (brands) and organizations to technology and engineering professionals located in Las Vegas or visiting Las Vegas on “How to Plug in to Las Vegas Tech Community” with many programs targeted at education, mentorship, funding for start-ups, connecting employers and resources for technical staffing, and many more programs. The Las Vegas Community Tech Fund will have a board of officers, a Corporate Board consisting of 15-20 leading Las Vegas-based technology companies with an expanded Advisory Board Members of 200-300 Las Vegas technology advisory charter members. Through Corporate sponsorship, Advisory Board Members annual dues and donations, this nonprofit entity will pool all the funds into one non-profit tech fund. All funds will be used to create and establish the Las Vegas Tech Community. Learn more at 702.800.5539.

HiTech VEGAS is a professional event organization with a focus on “technology events” only. The purpose of HiTech Vegas is to become the “meeting place for the Technology Community in Las Vegas.” HiTech Vegas is a place where local Las Vegas technology companies can meet together regularly to network, partner, and conduct commerce. HiTech VEGAS is comprised of 6 bi-monthly mixers, mega-
mixers, special events and will be launching a new business educational luncheon series. Learn more at www.hitechvegas.com.

WomenAdvancing is the media and advertising community’s largest all-female membership organization and provides daily commentaries, education, advice and support for the 65% of media community employees who are female, addressing diversity issues, and supporting women at all stages of their lives and careers. WomenAdvancing reaches and engages 7,500+ advertising industry members through their passion for advancing industry diversity, women’s income equality, women’s career and life issues. Learn more at www.womenadvancing.org.

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