The Amy Johnson Inspiration Award, launched in 2016, honours a man or woman who is currently working in a non-engineering role who has made a truly remarkable achievement in furthering diversity within engineering and applied sciences. This award serves to recognise the efforts of an individual in inspiring more women to enter and/or remain in the engineering and technical professions. We invite male nominees and those with no engineering qualifications to apply.
The 2018 winner of the Amy Johnson Inspiration Award is Tabitha Goldstaub, co-founder of Cognition X, an expert advice platform for businesses and organisations looking to learn about and implement artificial intelligence (AI). Noting that the majority of software engineer / AI conferences and publications consist of mainly male contributions, she organises the annual Cog X festival, bringing together several thousand attendees and inviting leading academics and women engineers. Chair of judges Betty Bonnardel-Azzarelli commented: “I have been impressed with the quality of applications received for the Amy Johnson award this year. Tabitha’s approach to artificial intelligence and how she uses it to support to women in tech impressed the judges. She is using her positions in highly visible roles with government and the mayor's office to promote diversity in tech.”
Amy Johnson (1903-1941), was a famous English aviator and former WES President, and the first woman pilot to fly solo from Britain to Australia. Read more about Amy Johnson
The 2017 winner is Dr Alice White, Wikimedian in Residence, Wellcome Trust.
Sarah Peers, Vice President of WES and chair of the judging panel said “Our 2017 Amy Johnson Award winner, Alice White impressed us with the impact of her work as Wellcome Wikimedian in residence. Her wikithons have taught hundreds of people how to get the stories of women in science and engineering online and making significant changes to Wikipedia content.”
In 2016 Jane Priston became the first, very deserving, winner of the award for her work on The Amy Johnson Project. WES was impressed with Jane's drive and determination to make Amy Johnson's story known. She worked tirelessly to get an Amy Johnson Bronze erected in Herne Bay, which has proved a striking landmark and will ensure that Amy Johnson, her life and her achievements, will be known to future generations.