Women in AI awards open for entries

By on 30 September, 2020

WAI Awards Host and NITV Science & Technology Editor, Wiradjuri woman Rae Johnston. Image supplied.

Female entrepreneurs and innovators in Artificial Intelligence from Australia and New Zealand, take note. 

The WAI awards Australia 2021 are now open for entries from early stage start-ups founded or co-founded by a woman, with a product in the field.

The awards are open across 11 categories and will be overseen by an advisory group including Queensland AI Hub CEO Dr Sue Keay, Education Ambassador Australia, Women in AI and Head of Analytics & AI, Teachers Health Angela Kim, and Founder & CEO, Ethical AI Advisory and Adjunct Professor, AGSM Dr. Catriona Wallace.

“With AI due to power 80 percent of all technologies in the next five years it is imperative that this tech be built with ethics and diversity at its core,” said Dr. Wallace.

“This is why it is so important that women are at the table as leaders, designers, engineers and funders of Australia’s AI industry and recognised as such . . . the value of the WAI awards is that it showcases amazing women and the significant role that they play in this sector, vital in order for Australia to play on the international AI stage.”

Women in AI is a global network of female experts and professionals working in AI, aiming to make the sector more gender-inclusive and to educate the next generation of female entrepreneurs. Australia will be the first country outside of Europe to host the awards.

The awards will be presented at a gala to be held February 23rd, 2021 at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art, hosted by NITV Science & Technology Editor, Wiradjuri woman Rae Johnston, with the $20,000 Grand Award to be presented by WAI Awards patron, the Hon Julie Bishop.

Award categories are:

1. AI in Health (includes aged care and disability services.)
2. AI in Mining
3. AI in Law
4. AI in Finance – includes insurance and superannuation.
5. AI in Agribusiness (includes natural resources and environment management.)
6. AI in Cyber Security
7. AI in Education
8. AI in Defence
9. AI in Infrastructure (includes transportation, electricity and water services.)
10. AI in Manufacturing
11. AI in Innovation (includes any ground-breaking, new and emerging AI process or technology in additional fields not mentioned in the above industry sectors.)

Visit the WAI Awards 2021 website for more information.

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