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Xena Women in Tech Awards: The CTO Award 2023

Are you a leader that places technology at the heart of the business?

A CTO or Chief Technology Officer is the highest rank of technical leaders, they are the gatekeepers regarding which technology gets pursued and brings together all the technical teams from Data, to DevOps, Machine Learning, and Software/Product Development. On top of this, a CTO is also a people manager and must create an impact on the company’s top line through the innovative use of technology whilst driving customer value and results.

With technology being one of the largest and most future-proof industries out there, it is important that women are not on the sidelines. Unfortunately, the ugly truth is that only 6.6% of CTOs out there are female – it’s no surprise that this extremely influential position within the industry requires diverse representation ASAP.

That’s why we are proud to team up with GetYourGuide, to celebrate the CTOs shattering the status quo and creating space for the progression of women and marginalised groups. As our friends at GetYourGuide provide a platform for people all over the world to discover and have unforgettable experiences, we are excited to provide a podium for all tech leaders who continue to discover effective ways to integrate technology into firm strategy, and break the glass ceiling in the process.

So who is the CTO Award for?

Nominees should be:

1. A leader who identifies as she/her of they/them

2. Based in Europe

3. Comes from a Software Engineering / Infrastructure background

4. Keeps the door open for future technical leaders and supports the growth, learning, and development for women in tech

5. This person heads up the technical team for a tech or product company with an engineering team of at least 10 team members

Who can nominate? 

ANYONE. We encourage you to nominate yourself, your colleague, a friend, your manager or someone in tech who has inspired you to do more.

Why should you nominate someone?

Not only will you be crowned the CTO of the year, but you will also receive some epic prizes from our partners. Now we have your attention? Nominate a CTO here.

Why GetYourGuide sponsors this award

“As a manager, it’s important for me to ensure that my team has a safe and open environment in which everyone feels heard and valued. Something I value at GetYourGuide is that we actively work to create such a culture and everyone is accountable for promoting this. We call out biases when we see them, we listen to each other fully, and we are radically open to feedback and constantly learning and growing.”

Kritika Kaul

Engineering Manager at GetYourGuide

“Diversity & Inclusion is at the heart of our culture, consisting of 75+ nationalities spread over 17 different offices. As per our D&I principles, this is a shared responsibility, and it’s owned by everyone. At GetYourGuide we believe that being a diverse and inclusive company is paramount to the success, engagement and growth of our people and company. We are constantly working to improve conditions that create a diverse, equal, and inclusive workplace where employees feel a sense of belonging and can bring their authentic selves to work. One integral part of our D&I work at GetYourGuide is to grow women into more senior leadership positions.This is something I am personally passionate about, which lead me to co-found ‘Incredible Women’, an employee group that is aiming at exactly that, growing women into seniority and empowering them to own their growth. During the last 12 months only, we have hosted fireside talks with Women board members, women in tech meetups, sessions with external trainers, etc, and this is something I am immensely proud of.”

Julia Randow | Director Sales EMEA / APAC & D&I Lead

About our partner

GetYourGuide is the globally leading marketplace for unforgettable travel experiences. Travelers use GetYourGuide to discover the best things to do in a destination — including walking tours by local experts, culinary tours, cooking and craft classes, skip-the-line tickets, as well as exclusive bucket-list experiences, and niche offerings. Founded by Johannes Reck, Tao Tao, Martin Sieber, and Tobias Rein in 2009, GetYourGuide now offers more than 75,000 activities from over 16,000 experience creators. Until today, travelers from over 150 countries have booked more than 80 million tours, activities, and attraction tickets through GetYourGuide. Powered by a global team of more than 700 travel experts and technologists, the company is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and has 17 local offices around the world.

We want you to help us discover Europe’s technology leaders who are pushing the industry forward! Is it your colleague, manager, friend or someone in tech?

Tell us who inspires you.


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