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Writing the perfect nomination: Black Tech Achievement Awards 2024

By November 13, 2023No Comments

Writing the perfect nomination: Crafting a Winning Black Tech Achievement Awards Nomination

Nominations have opened up for the Black Tech Achievement Awards 2024, and in light of this, we thought it would be helpful to put together a quick guide on writing your nomination with top tips on what our judges are looking for. 

The Black Tech Achievement Awards serve as a platform to recognise and celebrate the exceptional contributions of Black individuals to the tech industry, and with editions in both London and New York, each with 14 categories – there’s no time to waste! 

Top tip: Unlike traditional popularity-based awards, the emphasis here lies in the quality of the application rather than the quantity of votes. 

Let’s walk through the key elements that judges are looking for, helping you craft a compelling nomination that could get you a place as a finalist. Here’s what our judges look for: 

  1. Making a distinctive, unusual, innovative contribution in your field
  2. Details of significant achievements to date
  3. Ability, and willingness, to act as a role model to others

Let’s drill down… 

1. Making a distinctive, unusual, innovative contribution in your field

One of the primary criteria for winning the Black Tech Achievement Award is demonstrating a distinctive, unusual, and innovative contribution to the tech industry. Highlight projects, initiatives, or breakthroughs that set you apart from the crowd. Clearly articulate how your work has pushed boundaries, challenged norms, or introduced novel solutions to existing problems. Judges are looking for nominees who have not only excelled in their field but have also brought a unique perspective to the table.

  • Provide examples of projects that showcase your innovative thinking.
  • Explain how your contributions have made a positive impact on the tech landscape.
  • Demonstrate how your work stands out from conventional approaches.

2. Details of significant achievements to date

Provide examples! Explain how your work stands out from conventional approaches, whether it’s research, successful workplace initiatives, or impactful collaborations, emphasise the milestones that have shaped your career. Quantify your achievements where possible, using metrics to highlight the scale and impact of your work.

  • Clearly outline your career milestones and achievements.
  • Provide evidence of the impact your work has had on the tech community.
  • Use data and metrics to quantify the success of your projects.

3. Ability, and willingness, to act as a role model to others

In addition to your job function and talent, judges are interested in nominees who have the ability and willingness to act as role models to others. Highlight your leadership skills, community involvement, and efforts to mentor and inspire the next generation of tech professionals. Showcase how you actively contribute to fostering diversity and inclusion in the tech industry.

  • Share instances where you have demonstrated leadership within your community or organisation.
  • Provide examples of mentorship or initiatives aimed at supporting underrepresented groups in tech.
  • Explain how you embody the qualities of a role model in the tech industry.

It looks like you’re ready to nominate! 

Writing a winning Black Tech Achievement Awards nomination involves showcasing your distinctive contributions, detailing significant achievements, and highlighting your role as a mentor and leader. 

By focusing on the quality of your application and addressing the specific criteria set by the judges, you’ll increase your chances of standing out in a competitive field.

Remember, the goal is not just to win an award but to inspire and set an example for future generations of Black tech professionals. Good luck!

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