The Standby Task Force has been shortlisted for the United Kingdom Women in IT Awards 2015, an award that recognizes the outstanding innovation achieved by women in the IT industry. SBTF has been nominated under the category Advocate of the Year. The Advocate of the Year award is given to a technology company that has gone out of its way to support the cause of getting more women in IT in the last 18 months. Judges assess companies by examining the women led IT initiatives the candidates have pioneered as well as their impact on and integration with, the business.
Justine Mackinnon, has served the Standby Task Force since 2011 and has been President since December 2013 and has actively worked to ensure that women take an equal lead role in charting the way forward during this exciting time for our young organization. Under her leadership, the Standby Task Force has provided critical support to ongoing humanitarian crisis around the world; building on the collective organizational experience of 40+ deployments. Her central role in the early days of the international response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa providing information and communication coordination helped lay the foundation for a cooperative multilateral response effort under the Inter-Agency IM Working Group.
It is extremely exciting that Standby Task Force and Justine have been short-listed for this prestigious and premier award for women in the IT sector in the United Kingdom. This recognition comes on the heels of a successful deployment to support UNOCHA humanitarian relief to communities in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Hagupit [Ruby]. There is always more work to be done toward improving the services we provide to individuals, first responders and our partner agencies. It speaks to the dedication of our volunteers and the entire membership network that we have received this recognition.
The Women in IT Awards 2015 will announce finalists on 29 January 2015 at a dinner award ceremony being held at the Grosvenor House on Park Lane in London. There are over 50 short listed individuals and organizations up for awards in 12 unique categories. We at SBTF are thrilled to be counted in that number and look forward to learning more about all of the dynamic initiatives, like ours, who have made it to this final round of selection. For a full list of short-listed candidates please visit this site. For more information on the individual awards, judges and event particulars please visit the official event site here..
Thanks again to our all our members, truly well done your hard work is being recognized!