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Wanted: IT Heroes For 2016 InformationWeek Awards

The submission period is now open for four new awards that will be presented during the 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100 Conference in May. We need your help now to find the best candidates for each category.

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RetiredUser
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1/26/2016 | 10:43:49 PM
Women in IT: Limor Fried (aka Lady Ada)
I know Limor has already received a couple awards, including the Pioneer Award by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, but I would cast my vote for her simply due to her constant and inspiring presence in the industry.  I point to her when showing my daughter what is possible, especially when she gets discouraged with programming projects.  We spend a lot of time on the Adafruit Industries website thanks to Lady Ada!
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1/31/2016 | 3:30:39 PM
Re: Women in IT: Limor Fried (aka Lady Ada)
When you meet an IT hero, you know it. it's almost like they save your life --- your digital life at least. But perhaps what also distinguishes them is that they are a minority. Most IT people do not act like heroes. They're more like security guards.
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12/20/2016 | 4:29:34 PM
Re: Women in IT: Limor Fried (aka Lady Ada)
I feel you on that comment Broadway0474, though I'd be quick to note that the tech community has many layers.  I'm personally no hero; in fact, it is folks like Fried, Torvalds, Stallman, Berners-Lee, so on, who saved me and gave me a career through their hard work.  Yet I see tech shifting as a whole and more and more of us are getting involved.  For instance, I never really fought for anything and used tech to get money and to keep me occupied.  Now I've taken a deep interest in tech like Tor, Bitcoin and causes of the FSF and EFF and feel someday I may join the fight in a meaningful way.  Lists like this - I believe - help inspire those of us who might not be interested initially in more heroic acts :-)
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1/28/2016 | 8:20:04 AM
2015 award recipients?
@Susan: There should be more categories so more talent can be recognised. Where we can see the 2015 Award recipients?
Michelle
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Michelle,
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1/31/2016 | 11:12:07 PM
Trophies for Techies
I'm curious to see who makes the list. I would like to see some previously-unknown faces in the mix. I'm looking forward to learning more about the winners ---- once they're finally picked. It'll be better than watching a three hour awards show for sure!
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