EQUALS in Tech Awards

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the judges looking for in a nomination?


A: We are looking for innovative initiatives and projects promoting gender equality online and in the tech sector. Eligible initiatives and projects should:

  • Reach girls and women in an impactful way;

  • Have the potential to scale or be replicated once reconfigured/adapted to other contexts;

  • Be innovative

  • Work in collaboration with partners

Q: Is there a cash prize for the winner?

A: Unfortunately, there is not a cash prize for the EQUALS in Tech Awards. Winners will receive a trip to a significant tech event hosting the awards (past examples include the Internet Governance Forum and the EQUALS Partnership Plenary Meeting), with an opportunity to network with a community of like-minded entrepreneurs, investors, activists, teachers, and leaders from intergovernmental agencies and the private sector. And winners are invited to join an Advisory Panel that chooses future award winners. NOTE: In the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pendemic, winners will receive their trip prizes when in-person events resume. Online networking opportunities and community-building events will continue for the EQUALS in Tech winners' community.

Q: Can I apply for more than one category?

A: If you think you are eligible for the more than one category, please apply accordingly. If you're uncertain about which category to apply to, please contact us at EQUALS@itu.int

Q: Which countries are eligible for nomination?

A: The call for nominations is open to all individuals and organizations, regardless of their languages and nationalities, who wish to submit projects aimed at advancing gender equality using ICTs. The nomination form is available in six languages:

Q: Does it cost anything to nominate myself or others?

A: No. In efforts to make our awards as inclusive as possible, there are no fees associated with nomination.

Q: When will winners be informed?

A: Winners will be informed well in advance of the award ceremony so that they may plan accordingly. More information will be made available to winners when they are notified.

Q: When is the deadline for nominations?

A: The 2021 nomination phase deadline has been extended to 30 September. We encourage all interested organizations and individuals to nominate their own or others' inspiring initiatives.

Q: I was not able to complete the application form in one session. Can I edit my response now?

A: Yes, you can modify and edit your responses before submitting your nomination.

Q: I was previously a finalist for the EQUALS in Tech Awards (or the GEM-TECH Awards). Can I apply again this year?

A: Yes! We encourage you to apply again. Please be sure to explain if and how your project has evolved since you last applied for the Awards.

Q: My initiative or project dates a few years back. Can I still apply for the Awards?

A: Yes. As long as your project is still making an impact on the lives of women and girls, we encourage you to apply.

Q: How can I support and promote the Awards?

A: We encourage you to support us by sharing the Call for Nominations across your personal and professional networks. If you would like to be a supporting financial sponsor of the event, please contact us at EQUALS@itu.int