In a landmark move to recognize and amplify the achievements of women in the field of technology, the global organization Women in Tech has officially launched its Peru chapter. This momentous event highlights the growing presence and influence of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields across the country.
Prominent Figures and AI Exploration Highlight Women in Tech Gala
The stage was set on the evening of August 29th at the Lima Art Museum, where the regional Women in Tech awards were presented, honoring exceptional women in the STEM arena in Latin America. The gala event, graced by the presence of hundreds of accomplished women professionals in the technology sector, featured prominent figures such as Ayumi Moore Aoki, the founder of Women in Tech Global, and Nancy Tolentino Gamarra, the Minister of Women and Vulnerable Populations of Peru.
To set the tone for the evening, a panel discussion titled "Exploring the Potential of Artificial Intelligence in STEM" took place. Esteemed panelists included Luisa Marquez, the Latin America Business Leader for Platforms and Transformation at IBM; Marushka Chocobar, former Secretary of Government and Digital Transformation at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (PCM) of Peru; and Karla Wong, Country Manager for Amazon Web Services in Peru. The discussion was skillfully moderated by Cristina Puma, the director and founder of Making Connexion agency.
Out of the nine competitive categories, representatives from Mexico and Brazil emerged as the stars of the night, capturing most of the accolades. Brazil secured the Best Ally Award, the Global Leadership Women in Tech Award, and the Women in Web3 Award, while Mexico clinched the Arts Award Powered by Amazon Music, the Aspiring Teen Award, and the Most Impactful Initiative Award.
Women in Tech Latin Awards winners to compete in Dubai for the global prize
Alejandra Cruz Pinzón, a Colombian national who received the prestigious Women in Tech Lifetime Achievement Award for her remarkable contributions and professional journey in Peru, expressed, "As a representative of Peruvian companies dedicated to educational technology inclusion, this award carries significant responsibility. Today, we must be transformative agents of change to achieve female inclusion in STEM. Having the opportunity to foster this through my work and, above all, through love and perseverance in creating social impact and awareness in society is the most meaningful aspect of this recognition."
As the ceremony drew to a close, Marcela Olivieri was officially announced as the new head of the Peru chapter for Women in Tech. She enthusiastically shared her vision: "I am thrilled to be the new Women in Tech Peru Ambassador. My goal is to empower more women to conquer their goals in the tech world, breaking barriers and creating an equal and innovative future for all. With the Women In Tech Latin Awards, we celebrate the achievements of outstanding women across Latin America who have overcome challenges, demonstrating that talent knows no gender. However, we also acknowledge that there is much work to be done, and Women In Tech Peru is committed to continuing to bridge the gender gap."
The winners of this Latin American regional edition will journey to Dubai, where on November 16th, they will compete in the global Women in Tech Awards against colleagues from Africa, the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), the Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA), as well as the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
Categories and Winners:
- Arts Award Powered by Amazon Music
Sofia Sistos Vallin (Mexico)
- Aspiring Teen Award
Estrella Salazar (Mexico)
- Best Ally Award
Gisele Lasserre (Brazil)
- Global Leadership Women in Tech®️ Award
Simone Lettieri (Brazil)
- Women in Tech®️ Lifetime Achievement Award
Alejandra Cruz Pinzón (Peru)
- Most Disruptive Award Powered by AWS
Marcela Ruiz Aguilar (Chile)
- Most impactful Initiative Award
Ana Karen Ramírez Téllez (Mexico)
- Women in Tech®️ Start-up Award
Adriana Gonzalez (Nicaragua)
- Women in Web3 Award
Georgia Sanches (Brazil)
The Women in Tech Latam Awards 2023 not only celebrate the remarkable achievements of Latin American women in technology but also underscore the pressing need to continue championing gender diversity and equality in STEM fields throughout the region.