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Women Who Code Announces Winners of #ApplaudHer Awards

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Written by WWCode HQNovember 3, 2017

Winners Hail From Netflix, Microsoft, NBC, VMWare, Mozilla, Capital One, and Others

SAN FRANCISCO - November 3, 2017 Women Who Code (WWCode), the world’s largest nonprofit organization working to support the success of women engineers, is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 #ApplaudHer Awards. This honor was bestowed upon women in 13 categories, and was given in recognition of their contributions and accomplishments within the technology industry.

The winners were announced last night at the Second Annual Women Who Code Awards 2017, which took place at Github Headquarters in San Francisco. Over 100 people were in attendance to celebrate the event and support Women Who Code in their work to inspire women to excel in technology careers. Sponsors for the ceremony included Github, Samsung, Hired, Plex, Capital One, VMWare, Saint Archer Brewing, Hova Labs, Peroni, and Galvanize.

The winners of the awards were as follows:

Ignite Award: Vicki Cheung, Head of Infrastructure, OpenAI
Rise Award: Maria Kazandjieva, Engineering Manager, Netflix
Innovator Award: Kimberly Mach, Senior Software Engineer, Microsoft
Visionary Award: Martha Arellano, Cloud Platform Architect, VISUAL VOCAL
Open Source Award: Erin Spiceland, Engineer, NodeSource
Founder Award: Fatima Dicko, Founder & CEO, jetpack
Phoenix Award: Lori Hill, Software Engineer, NBC
Localization Award: Mimi Hills, Director, Product Globalization, VMware
Senior Leadership Award: Ann Yeung, Sr. Director, Software Engineering, Capital One
VPE Award: Dory Weiss, VP of Engineering, nCino
Director of Engineering Award: Selena Deckelmann, Director of Engineering, Firefox Runtime, Mozilla
Engineering Lead Award: Laurence Girard, Engineering Lead API and DevOps, GIPHY
Thought leadership Award: Max Whitney, VP of Engineering, BrightHive

Women Who Code CEO and Board Chair Alaina Percival said, “Recognizing the accomplishments of the many women who contribute to the technology industry is one of Women Who Code’s core objectives. This Awards event is a celebration of that, and a chance to shine a spotlight on some incredible engineers. In this way, we are working to shift the perception of tech and help the world better recognize the benefits of inclusive practices.”

About Women Who Code
Women Who Code is an international non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. Our goal is to empower women with the skills needed for professional advancement and provide environments for networking and mentorship. The organization has executed more than 5,000 events around the world, garnered a membership exceeding 100,000, and has a presence in 20 countries. Help us to empower even more women to advance in tech with the training and community they need to succeed by supporting our #WWCode networks. Learn more at

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