Toowoomba resident Zoe Eather has won the prestigious Rising Star in Technology award recently at 2020’s Women in Technology Awards.

The prestigious WiT Awards recognise outstanding talent and achievement, building support for women working in science and technology which inspires the next generation of leaders. The 2020 WiT Awards featured three new categories including one celebrating women who are working in Queensland’s regional, rule and remote locations.

For Ms Eather this is the second consecutive year her accomplishments have been celebrated at the annual WiT Awards where this year she was a finalist in two categories including Rising Star in Technology and Community. She is a catalyst for change that wants to utilise technology to enhance liveability and sustainability. Committed to providing real solutions to community needs that requires forward thinking and education.

Ms Eather shares her learning’s through ‘The Smart Community’ podcast and boutique consultancy. This community offers services such as smart mobility, smart technology for regional communities, project management and collaboration facilitation. WiT President Dr Claudia Giurgiuman said although 2020 has been a challenging year the show had to go on.

“This year has been a year of change for everyone, including WiT, so we decided to create an online celebration to champion the State’s remarkable women in science and technology. Our virtual 2020 WiT Awards were bigger and better than ever with the ABC’s celebrity scientist Joel Gilmore as the event’s MC, alongside our distinguished keynote Australia’s Chief Defence Scientist Professor Tanya Monro,” she said.

“With the devastating economic impact of COVID-19, harnessing our female talent and skill has never been more crucial, so this year, more than ever, the awards show had to go on. Many women are doing amazing work, and these awards are about giving them the recognition they deserve,” she concluded.

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