Anita Borg Institute opens award nominations

The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology has announced the opening of nominations for its annual Women of Vision Award, designed to honour women making significant contributions to technology.

The nominations are for awards in three categories, the winners of which will be decided and presented with their respective awards on May 19th 2011 in California at a dinner hosted by the Institute - which was originally founded in 1997 by the eponymous computer scientist.

The first category is Innovation, an award which aims to recognise the recipient for her outstanding contribution to innovation in technology - having created something particularly unusual or unique, or approaching the development of a new technology in a way which differs from the norm.

Next up is the Social Impact award, which looks for a woman who has developed or applied an existing form of technology which has resulted in a significant positive impact on a community or society - someone who has gone out and used technology to change the world in a positive way.

Finally, there's the Leadership award, given to a woman who has been at the helm of a particularly important development or innovation, or who has made a significant contribution to the technology industry and who, most importantly, serves as an inspiration to others.

Deanna Kosaraju, vice president of programmes at the Anita Borg Institute, described the previous recipients of the Women of Vision awards as "women [who] not only create innovative new technologies, [but that] are strong role models for women of all generations and earn this recognition because they have a unique vision of using technology to improve our world."

Nominations for any of the categories are open to anyone - although more weight is given to nominations from high-tech companies and universities than those from the general public - and will close on 10th of December. If you know of someone deserving, you can submit your vote online.