Anita Borg and Denice Denton Award Nominations Open


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Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology Honors Individuals Who have Demonstrated Significant Impact on Women and Technology, and Diversity in their Professional Environment

PALO ALTO, Calif. — April 2, 2008 — The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology announced today it has opened the nominations for the Anita Borg and the Denise Denton Awards. The awards honor individuals in three categories: Emerging Leader, Social Impact, and Technical Leadership. Nominees may be submitted by high-tech companies, universities, private industry, and the general public. One winner will be selected in each category.

The Denice Denton Emerging Leader Award recognizes a junior (under 40), non-tenured faculty individual in an academic or research institution who is pursuing high quality research in engineering or physical sciences, while contributing significantly to promote diversity in his/her environment. The award winner will receive a $5,000 prize underwritten by Microsoft.

The Anita Borg Social Impact Award will honor an individual or team who has caused technology to have a positive impact on the lives of women and society, or who has caused women to have a significant impact on the design and use of technology. The award recipient will receive a $10,000 prize underwritten by Microsoft.

The Anita Borg Technical Leadership Award will recognize and celebrate an outstanding woman technical leader. Nominees are women who have inspired the women’s technology community through outstanding technological and social contributions and, through their leadership, have increased the impact of women on technology. The award recipient will receive a $10,000 prize.

“The Anita Borg and Denice Denton award winners are individuals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in the technology field,” said Telle Whitney, president and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute of Women and Technology. “They not only provide inspiration to women in technology but, in keeping with this year’s Grace Hopper Celebration theme of ‘We Build a Better World,’ are dedicated to making the world a better place through their work, and we are very proud to honor them with these awards.”

The awards will be presented on October 2, 2008 at the Grace Hopper Celebration at the Keystone Resort, Keystone, Colorado. Nominations will be accepted until April 30, 2008 at

About the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI)
In an increasingly competitive global marketplace, the Anita Borg Institute provides resources and programs for to help industry, academia, and government recruit, retain, and develop women leaders in high-tech fields, resulting in higher levels of technology innovation. ABI programs serve high-tech women by creating a community and providing tools to help them develop their careers. ABI is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 charitable organization. ABI Partners include: Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft Corporation, Sun Microsystems, Google, IBM, Intel, Cisco, Juniper Networks, National Science Foundation, Symantec, NetApp, and Capgemini. For more information, visit

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