Nominations for the second #InspiringFiftySA are now open

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In case you weren’t aware, today is International Women’s Day, and to mark the occasion, nominations for the #InspiringFiftySA are officially open.

This is the second year the initiative is running, which is organised by the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Cape Town.

The initiative awards the 50 most inspiring women in STEM (science, technology, education and mathematics). Last year, this competition attracted 252 nominations, and the 50 finalists were women who worked with both government and the private sector to empower young woman who want to pursue careers in STEM.

“The African tech ecosystem is growing exponentially. This is re-shaping the South African economy as technology and innovation are leapfrogging beyond established technology, ideas, and infrastructure,” says Bonnie Horbach, the Netherlands Consul General in Cape Town.

“The instrumental role played by women in this sector should be made more visible on a local and global level. These women are the inspiring role models for the future. Inspiring Fifty South Africa allows us to create a platform for these women in technology, showing our girls that they can do the same.”

The “​#InspiringFiftySA initiative is part of a collaboration with the Dutch Embassy’s #cocreateSA campaign, which incidentally, was also one of last week’s TEDx: Hacking The Farm backers.

Nominees have to meet the following criteria:

  • They have to be the founder of a tech company
  • They have to hold a C-Level position in a tech company
  • They have to be an influencer, academic or politician in the technology or innovation space

To vote for your female role model head over to the initiative’s website.