The Awards Ceremony to Honor Local Las Vegas Women Working in the Technology Industry, and Includes Two New Awards
for Achievements in Gaming & Hospitality, Cybersecurity

 


LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Las Vegas Community Tech Fund is proud to announce the 5th Annual Las Vegas Women in Technology Awards presented by the Las Vegas Community Tech Fund and the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) on April 28, 2018 at the Zappos.com Headquarters in Downtown Las Vegas.  The host/emcee of this year’s event will be
JJ Snyder, co-host of the Morning Blend on KTNV Channel 13.
 The awards will focus on: Engineering, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Gaming Technology/Hospitality, Robotics, Information Technology, Virtual Reality, Startups and Entrepreneurs. The awards will encompass the various sectors of technology to recognize and promote the advancement of all women in technological careers.  


The award categories include:
           •  Technology Woman of The Year
            •  Technology Woman Entrepreneur
            •  Technology Woman for Community Service
            •  Technology Woman Mentor
            •  Technology Woman Rising Star
 

New Award Categories:
           •  Technology Woman for Gaming & Hospitality
            •  Technology Woman for Cybersecurity


National Center for Women and Information Technology - Aspiration Awards - will be recognized this year:
              •  Aspirations in Computing Awards (High School Students)
            •  Collegiate Awards (College/University Students and/or Programs)
            •  Educator Awards (Winner & Honorable Mention)


Nominations are now open for the Las Vegas Women in Technology Awards and will be accepted online through Thursday, April 12 at www.lvtechawards.com <http://www.vegaswomentechawards.net>.


The 5th Annual Las Vegas Women in Technology Awards Ceremony will be held Saturday, April 28th starting at 6pm.  Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.lvtechawards.com


5th Annual Las Vegas Women in Technology Awards Sponsors Include:

    
Presented by:
   •  Las Vegas Community Tech Fund
   •  NCWIT

    Recognized Sponsors:
   •  Texas Instruments
   •  SIM
   •  zSpace

    Special Thanks Sponsors:
   •  TrendMicro
   •  Cox Business
   •  TechImpact
   •  Yelp WiFi and Diamond Group Marketing
   •  Link Technologies

In addition to the seven awards, this year’s ceremony will recognize the Aspiration Awards awarded and presented by the National Center For Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) including: Aspirations in Computing Program Award (High School); Collegiate Awards (College/University students and/or programs); and Educator Awards (Winner & Honorable mention) to recognize young women interested in technology and computing.

“We encourage the Las Vegas community to take action and nominate females they know, whom have accomplished phenomenal achievements in technology right here in Southern Nevada. Our goal as an organization, together with the local technology community, is to recognize these women and to foster advancements for women working in STEM,” says Lori Nguyen, Chairman and President of the Las Vegas Women in Technology Awards and Las Vegas Community Tech Fund.  

Although U.S. women represent half of the college-educated workforce and continue to grow in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, they remain underrepresented and make up less than 18% of the in-demand STEM and technology industry, according to the National Girls Collaborative Project.

“The Las Vegas Women in Technology Awards provides an opportunity for the community to come together, celebrate, and support current and future women in STEM and Technology careers.  It allows us to recognize the important role girls and women play in creating future technology,” says Snehal Bhakta, Las Vegas Affiliate Coordinator of NCWIT, a national non-profit organization that works to increase the meaningful participation of girls and women in computing.

About the Las Vegas Women in Technology Awards #LVWTA             
The Las Vegas Women in Technology Awards (#LVWTA), owned by Las Vegas Community Tech Fund, recognizes the achievements of leading women in technology fields working in Southern Nevada . The Las Vegas Women in Technology Awards encompasses various sectors of the technology industry to recognize and promote the advancement of women in technological careers. The Las Vegas Women in Technology Awards are awarded annually to seven women representing technology industries including: Engineering, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Gaming Technology/Hospitality, Robotics, Information Technology, Virtual Reality, Startups and Entrepreneurs. Learn more about the Las Vegas Women in Technology Awards #LVWTA at www.lvtechawards.com <http://www.vegaswomentechawards.net./>  

About the Las Vegas Community Tech Fund            
The Las Vegas Community Tech Fund is aggregating the technology community in Las Vegas by providing community programs focused on Gaming Technology, STEM, Women in STEM, Education/Corporate working together to bring the greater Las Vegas technology community together. A key mission of the tech fund is to market “How to Plug in to Las Vegas Tech Community”. The Las Vegas Community Tech Fund is a non-profit corporation registered with the State of Nevada, that is currently filing for its application federal exemption status. The Las Vegas Community Tech Fund owns the Las Vegas Women in Technology Awards program.  

About NCWIT            
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 700 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s participation in computing and technology. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers. Find out more at http://www.ncwit.org.


About JJ Snyder
With a background as a Television host and actress JJ Snyder has interviewed many of Hollywood's biggest stars including Tom Cruise, Cate Blanchett, and Morgan Freeman. Working as a correspondent for ABC’s On The Red Carpet she covered major movie premieres, celebrity chefs and award shows. In 2016, JJ was thrilled to join The Las Vegas Morning Blend on ABC Channel 13.   After graduating from USC, JJ hustled to get in the actor’s union working as an extra, till she booked her first role in the film Coyote Ugly. She’s gone on to play many notable characters in films and on hit TV shows such as NCIS LA, Two Broke Girls, Family Guy, Castle, Grey's Anatomy, Glee and Two and Half Men.

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