The Ada Byrne Award for Women in Technology launches its first call in Chile

Held in parallel in Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Uruguay and Colombia, this year comes to Chile for the first time, organized by Andrés Bello University, the famous Ada Byron Prize for Technological Women, founded in 2014 by the University of Deusto . , in Spain, and which seeks to make visible the path of women who have significantly contributed to society from various fields connected to technology.

UNAB was selected for this award for its consistent gender equality policies and promotion of women’s participation in all university sectors, with a special emphasis on targeted initiatives for the visibility and promotion of women from the Faculty of Engineering.

The award was born in honor of Ada Byron, daughter of English mathematician, poet Lord Byron, born in 1815, who was the first computer programmer in history and completely ahead, as she was the first to develop a deterministic algorithm for processing. by machine.

Fundamental to the history of engineering, his enormous contribution to technology would lay the foundation for future computers, as he developed the first programming language describing algorithms. In 1834 he modernized the analytical engine created by Charles Babbage to solve mathematical calculations. But because of that legacy, her authorship would not be recognized until 50 years ago, as she signed only with initials so her publication would not be denied because she was a woman.

The award gives 3 thousand euros to the winner and will be announced in January 2023. You can apply through the web form available at https://premioadabyron.unab.cl/ until November 30.

The requirements are to have Chilean nationality or reside in the country, be of legal age, and have a degree and professional career in technology, engineering or other related scientific fields. In addition, the Ada Byron Chile 2022 Award is sponsored by Microsoft Chile and in collaboration with Huawei and HubTec.

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A scientific committee consisting of professionals, academics and researchers will select a list of women as finalists for the award. The jury will be chaired by Julio Castro, rector of Andres Bello University; Dean of Faculty of Engineering, UNAB, Dr. Alejandro Caroca; Gloria Hutt, former Transport Minister; Hernán Orellana, director of Banco BCI, who has more than 30 years as an executive of international information technology companies; Margarita Ducci, Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact Chile Network; Silvana Cominetti, President of the Institute of Engineers of Chile; Alex Peso, Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft Chile and Silvana Droppelman, Communications Manager at Huawei Chile.

UNAB Rector Julio Castro states that the award is meant to “encourage the development of women in engineering and technology, thus also contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN and which we promote as a university. In particular the case of SDG 5”. This objective gender focuses on empowering women and girls to reduce inequality, with the aim of avoiding the social stagnation that the latter creates. “This award complements what we are doing at the university in times of change that we are experiencing globally,” says Castro.

For his part, Dr. Alex Rayon, Vice-Rector for International Relations and Digital Transformation at the University of Deusto, Jerez, states that “Currently, there is a reality in our societies around the world that must be transformed, which is the participation of women in science and technology”. Rayon recalls Ada Byron. was the first person to create an algorithm and “she left to history many logical ideas, flow control structures, even things that today don’t even bear her last name and that’s what she wants this award for: to recognize. Women who are contributing to the transformation of society.”

During his presentation at the launch of this award, Dr. Carolina Torrelba, Vice-Rector for Research and Doctorates at the Universidad Andrés Bello, points out that “Chile and the world have made leaps and bounds in terms of women’s rights, but the World Economic Forum said in 2021 that it will take 136 years to close the world’s gender gap. This reminds us that these issues need to be addressed in a productive society.”

For UNAB Faculty of Engineering Gender Equality Committee President Lilian San Martin, breaking gender stereotypes is still a work in progress. “Women represent 20% of STEM careers (an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). In our university, the enrollment of women in engineering is only 23%. The national average is only 28%. For this reason we carry out a series of actions in the faculty and as a university, they also have visibility and that is why this award is relevant, because it contributes to balancing the balance and not losing the talents of many people along the way. “

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