The European Ada Awards are an initiative of the Digital Leadership Institute and were launched in 2012 as a pledge to the Grand Coalition for Digital Skills and Jobs in Europe in partnership with the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies, the European Centre for Women and Technology, DIGITALEUROPE and European Schoolnet. In their first year, the Ada Awards enjoyed the generous patronage of European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes and UN ITU Secretary General Hamadoun Touré.
Now in their third edition, the Ada Awards have grown in reach and impact every year and, in so doing, have made enormous inroads in achieving their mission to recognise outstanding girls and women in digital studies and careers, and the organisations who support them in Europe, Africa and beyond. Achieving the mission of the Ada Awards is only possible with the invaluable support of our partners and sponsors.
1. 2015 European Digital Impact Organisation of the Year Award:
Objective: The Digital Impact Organisation of the Year™ Award is destined for an organisation in Europe that distinguishes itself by fundamentally impacting the eco-system to increase the number of girls and women studying and working in ICT and digital sectors.
- VHTO, The Netherlands
2. 2015 European Digital Girl of the Year Award:
Objective: The Digital Girl of the Year™ Award is destined for one or more girls* who live and/or study in Europe and distinguish themselves and their communities by demonstrating, promoting or actually increasing digital skills among girls and women and participation of girls and women in digital studies and careers; and/or use of digital skills and know-how for the benefit of society.
- Niamh Scanlon - 13 years old from Ireland
- Yasmin Bey - 14 years old from England
3. 2015 European Digital Woman of the Year Award:
Objective: The Digital Woman of the Year™ Award is destined for a woman*, 18 years of age or older, who lives and/or works in Europe and distinguishes herself through leadership, creativity, entrepreneurship, social-focus and/or innovative discoveries, and who is positively impacting the number of girls and women participating in digital studies and careers.
- Monique Morrow, Cisco, from Switzerland
- Janneke Niessen, Improve Digital, from the Netherlands
- Nicole Wajer, Cisco, from the Netherlands
*anyone who identifies as a girl or woman