Terms and Conditions

The objective of the European Digital Woman of the Year™ Award is to recognise a woman*, 18 years of age or older, who distinguishes herself through leadership, creativity, entrepreneurship, social-focus and/or innovative discoveries, and who is positively impacting the number of girls and women participating in digitally-driven or digitally-enabled areas of study or work, in one or more of the following capacities:

  • In digital sectors, as a promising young potential or experienced executive in a prominent public, private or academic sector IT organisation;
  • Through work in entertainment or media, including social media;
  • In commercialisation of an innovative digital concept, tool and/or service;
  • Through focus on not-for-profit or social work, community-orientation, humanitarian activities (including ICT4Good, health, planet, well-being, etc.); and/or
  • Through step-change research & development activities in the private or public sectors, academic excellence, digital/social innovations.

*anyone who identifies as a woman

EXTENDED DEADLINE! Age Requirements:
Participants must be 18 years of age or older as of 27 September 2019.

Entry and Judging Criteria:
Entrants must meet the following criteria to qualify:

  • The nominee is a woman, or someone who identifies as a woman who is 18 years of age or older
  • The nominee is resident in the EU or CIP country – full list below
  • Complete all aspects of your nomination on the submission form
  • Submitted videos can be no longer than 3 minutes
  • All pre-produced material such as music must be approved for use or license free, or creative commons licensed
  • Not have previously been awarded a finalist or winning prize in any Ada Awards category or region
  • Not be employed by, contracted to or otherwise professionally linked with any organisations partnering with the Ada Awards, nor a family member of same

Judging Criteria:

  • Video submission must meet the 3 minute video limit
  • Entries can be submitted in any language but you must provide an English language translation/ subtitles in English, for judging
  • Any entries that are deemed to be offensive or culturally insensitive will be disqualified
  • The competition organisers reserve the right to decide on the eligibility of candidates and entries

Geographic Eligibility:

EU members, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania.

Albania Hungary Norway
Austria Iceland Poland
Belgium Ireland Portugal
Bulgaria Netherlands Romania
Croatia Italy Serbia
Cyprus Latvia Slovakia
Czech Republic Liechtenstein Slovenia
Denmark Lithuania Spain
Estonia Luxembourg Sweden
Finland Macedonia Turkey
France Malta UK
Germany Montenegro Greece



The aim of the Ada Awards™ – including Digital Girl of the Year™, Digital Woman of the Year™, and Digital Impact of the Year™ – is to showcase outstanding women and girls in digitally-enabled and digitally-driven studies and careers, and recognise organisations that are fundamentally improving the eco-system to increase participation of girls and women in digital studies and careers. The Ada Awards have the following objectives:

  • Increase the number of digitally-skilled girls and women;
  • Increase participation of girls and women in digitally-driven and digitally-enabled studies, enterprises and jobs;
  • Recognise outstanding women and girls in digitally-enabled and digitally-driven studies and careers; and
  • Showcase promising practices by organisations who are increasing participation of girls and women, particularly in leadership roles, in digital sectors.

The information and material provided do not necessarily reflect the official position of the Award Partners or their associates. The Awards are organised by the Digital Leadership Institute asbl/vzw, with the support of social partners and industry sponsors.

The goal is to keep this information and material timely and accurate. If errors are brought to our attention we will try to correct them. However, neither the Digital Leadership Institute asbl/vzw, nor its Partners or Sponsors, their employees, affiliates or family members can be held responsible for any errors, omissions, inaccuracies or incompleteness in the information and material provided either directly or indirectly, or for any consequences or actions their use may result in. In addition, neither of the above is responsible or may be held accountable for any loss suffered as a result of reliance upon the information provided on the present website.

The present legal notice is not intended to limit the liability of the Digital Leadership Institute asbl/vzw, its Partners or Sponsors, in contravention of any requirements laid down in applicable national law nor to exclude liability for matters which may not be excluded under national law.

Copyright Notice
Reproduction is authorized, provided the source is acknowledged, save where otherwise stated. Where prior permission must be obtained for the reproduction or use of textual and multimedia information (sound, images, software, etc.), such permission shall cancel the above-mentioned general permission and shall clearly indicate any restrictions on use.

Protection of Personal Data
The Digital Leadership Institute asbl/vzw, its Partners and Sponsors are committed to the protection of personal data, in accordance with GDPR and Regulation No.45/2001 of the European Parliament and Council “on protection of individuals with regard to processing of personal data by Community institutions and bodies and free movement of such data”.

Your personal data will thus be processed in conformity with the above-mentioned Regulations. Should you have any queries about the processing of your personal data, both regarding access to data and rectification of these data, you are invited to send your request to the responsible of the processing operation: ada(at)dlii(dot)org

You also have the right to apply at any moment to the European Data Protection Supervisor.

Your personal data will only be accessible to the Digital Leadership Institute asbl/vzw, its Partners and Awards Sponsors, and their subcontractors, for the purposes of organising prizes, promotion of the winning entries, travel and following up with requests sent by entrants.

Copyright Release:
Entrants retain the copyright of their materials and entries. However by entering the competition, the entrants authorise the Digital Leadership Institute asbl/vzw, its Partners and Awards Sponsors to unlimited reproduction rights of the materials for the purposes of promotion of the competition, prize giving and awards ceremonies.

Entries may be created in all eligible country languages. It is mandatory to provide the registration form fields in English. This summary is important for the European jury members to evaluate projects, but also for those viewing competition entries.

Legal and Ethical Issues
The Digital Leadership Institute asbl/vzw, its Partners, Award Sponsors, Contractors and Associates for the twelve months prior to the nominations deadline, and their family members, are not eligible to take part in the Ada Awards competition as nominees or award recipients.

The Digital Leadership Institute asbl/vzw, its Partners and Awards Sponsors reserve the right to modify the terms, conditions and content of the competition at any time including but not limited to the prizes, age groups, deadlines and sponsors. Any notifications or possible changes will be published on the website and will apply as of the date of publication.

Before submission, special attention should be given to the following points: All participants must comply with European and national copyright laws.

  1. Entries may not contain statements, facts, information or quotations that could denigrate or harm any person or group of people; neither statements, images facts, information or quotations encouraging persecution of people on the grounds of race, opinion, nationality, sex, religion, profession or other persuasion, nor entries encouraging crime or law-breaking will be allowed.
  2. All persons photographed or filmed for the purposes of the Awards have given their, or a parent’s in the case of minors, consent for publication.

Please note that an entry may be disqualified if it breaks any of the rules under “Legal and ethical issues”.