4th Annual Women in Technology Awards Opens Nominations for 2017

The award categories include:

•High Tech Woman of the Year
•High Tech Rising Star
•High Tech Community Service
•High Tech Entrepreneur
•High Tech Mentor

Nominations are now open and will be accepted online through Monday, May 1, 2017 at VegasWomenTechAwards.net. Award winners will be recognized and honored by our community during a ceremonial event scheduled to take place on Friday, June 2, 2017.

Newly added this year, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) will present the Aspirations in Computing Program award to recognize young women interested in technology and computing.

"We encourage the Las Vegas community to take action and nominate a woman they know, right here in Las Vegas, whom has accomplished phenomenal achievements in technology. Together as a collective community, we foster advancements for women in technology," says Lori Nguyen, President and Chairman of the Las Vegas Women in Technology Awards.

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 only 29% of the science and engineering industry; per ngcproject.org/statistics.

"The Women in Tech Awards appropriately acknowledges the success of the women's movement in encouraging young women to explore STEM careers, and assures continuing focus on technology-focused career opportunities for all," says Jack Myers, founder of WomenAdvancing.org, an organization committed to supporting and communicating industry opportunities to women.

About the Las Vegas Women in Technology Awards #LVWTA

Founded in 2014, HiTech Vegas LLC., and WomenAdvancing Las Vegas launched the Las Vegas Women in Technology Awards (#LVWTA), now owned by Las Vegas Community Tech Fund, a Nevada non-profit, to recognize the achievements of leading women in technology fields working in the greater Las Vegas metro area. The Las Vegas Women in Technology Awards are awarded annually to five women representing technology industries including: Information Technology (IT), Computer Engineering, Startups and Entrepreneurs. Learn more about the Las Vegas Women in Technology Awards #LVWTA at VegasWomenTechAwards.net.

About the Las Vegas Community Tech Fund

The Las Vegas Community Tech Fund is a Nevada-based non-profit organization that is aggregating the technology community in Las Vegas by providing programs with a focus on Women Working in Technology, Gaming Technology, STEM, Corporate and Education. The Las Vegas Community Tech Fund owns the Las Vegas Women in Technology Awards program. A key mission of the tech fund is to market "How to Plug in to Las Vegas Tech Community" and introduce new programs to grow and support the Las Vegas Technology Community.

About WomenAdvancing.org

WomenAdvancing.org provides commentaries, education, advice and support for the 65% of media, advertising and marketing community employees who are female, supporting women through dual mentoring at all stages of their lives and careers. WomenAdvancing reaches and engages men and women through their common passion for advancing gender and multi-cultural diversity, achieving women's income equality, and enhancing women's careers and lives.

About HiTech Vegas

HiTech Vegas is a professional event organization for local Las Vegas technology organizations. HiTech Vegas is an outlet where Las Vegas technology companies can meet regularly to network, partner, and conduct commerce. HiTech Vegas is comprised of six bi-monthly mixers, mega-mixers, special events and will soon be launching a new business educational luncheon series.

About NCWIT

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 850 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 NCWIT.org. NCWIT receives significant financial support from Lifetime Partner Apple, Strategic Partners NSF (the National Science Foundation), Microsoft, Bank of America, Google, Intel and Merck, as well as from Investment Partners Avaya, Pfizer, AT&T, Bloomberg, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. View all of NCWIT's supporters at NCWIT.org/about/supporters.

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