When Kate Raynes-Goldie was 12 years old, she wrote a letter to Nintendo asking why there were no girls in their advertising.
Today, Kate runs her own games consultancy and advocates for women in games and technology.
It’s this passion that has seen Kate win the ICT Professional of the Year at the ACS Digital Disruptors Awards 2016.
“I’m truly honoured,” she said.
“I like that this isn’t specifically a women’s award. We need to normalise women’s inclusion in this field. There are women doing really cool things in this space.”
At the awards ceremony held at The Star in Sydney last Thursday, accolades were handed out to winners in a variety of categories, including ICT Professional of the Year under 30, and Service Disruption for the Digital Consumer.
The awards night followed a successful day of panel sessions at the ACS Reimagination Thought Leaders’ Summit.
Here is a full list of winners announced on the evening:
ACS Digital Disruptors Awards
ICT Professional of the Year – Dr Kate Raynes-Goldie, Games We Play and FTI
ICT Educator of the Year – Dr Richard Dazeley, Federation University
ICT Researcher of the Year – Geoff Webb, Monash University
ICT Student of the Year – Shane Hercules, University of Melbourne
Young ICT Professional of the Year (Male under 30) – David Budden, MIT
Young ICT Professional of the Year (Female under 30) – Cynthia Lee, Deloitte Consulting
Skills Transformation of Work Teams, Small Teams (Under 20) – Qantas
Skills Transformation of Work Teams, Medium Teams (21-200) – Seek
Skills Transformation of Work Teams, Large Teams (200+) – NAB
Service Disruption for the Digital Consumer, Not for Profit – Touchline Connect
Service Disruption for the Digital Consumer, Government – Australia Post and WA Police
Service Transformation for the Digital Consumer, Corporate – Biteable
SEEARC International Awards
ICT Professional of the Year – Beau Tydd
ICT Educator of the Year – Anton Bogdanovych
ICT Researcher of the Year – Gernot Heiser
Pearcey Foundation Awards
2016 Pearcey Hall of Fame – Steve Baxter
2016 Benson Entrepreneur Award – Aaron Birkby