the Netherlands (nominations closed)

Celebrating inspiring women in AI

In search of Netherlands based female innovators in the AI field that need to be put in the spotlight! The WAI Awards honors female innovators in AI. The Women in AI (WAI) community is, together with our partners, committed to supporting and celebrating excellence in women in the AI field. The WAI Awards is prestigious in its recognition and has helped many AI women gain credibility and exposure within the Netherlands.

The Women in AI team

About Women in AI

Women in AI (WAI) is the first global community for women in the field of Artificial Intelligence with over 8,000 members in +140 countries. Our mission is to close the gender gap in AI. We aim at shaping gender – inclusive AI that benefits the society by increasing female representation and participating in AI. We empower women and minorities to become AI & Data experts, innovators and leaders. To realize an inclusive AI world, we need inspiring female examples to be placed in the spotlight. That is why we started the WAI Awards

Who can apply?

Inspiring women who are working, leading, creating or demonstrating innovation in AI. Also students specializing in AI with an outstanding track record can apply. We work with six award categories (see below). The nominee must reside and contribute to the AI ecosystem in the Netherlands to be eligible for this award nomination.

Sorry, nominations are closed.

Candidates are working, leading, creating or demonstrating innovation in AI in one of the following sectors:

Award categories

In general our judges will rate the candidates based on innovation, leadership and inspiring potential. They also take in account that they have the ability to do good for the community and its citizens. At the WAI Awards we will distribute 6 awards to accomplished women in AI in the Netherlands. Each category has their own requirements. See below for more details about each award category and the requirements that are involved.

A woman conducting research that has an impact on the future of AI and is willing to contribute with her expertise and personality to lead the future of AI.


• Currently working on research within AI and has reached a proof of concept level.
• Research publications in peer-reviewed renowned journals and conferences.
• Associated with an establishment in the Netherlands.

A woman pioneering in the field of AI by building an early-stage startup to lead the industry in the Netherlands.


• An early stage startup – having raised pre-seed, seed, or series A.
• Founded or co-founded by a woman.
• Company’s activity and core value proposition based on AI technologies.
• Have an MVP or industrialized product or at least one client.
• Registered in the NL

A woman in the early stage of her career or research with an outstanding contribution in working on AI research, product or practice.


• Women between 15-29 years old.
• Significant contribution towards AI research, product, or practice.
• Is a student, or in early stage career or research in the field of AI.
• Associated with an establishment in the NL

A woman who has the potential to change the world through their contribution to make AI more diverse, equitable and inclusive. A technology leader in AI, who has made significant strides towards making AI better for minority, underrepresented, and marginalized groups.


• Significant contribution towards driving innovation or bringing in change to make AI more diverse, equitable and inclusive in AI policy making, product or systems.
• Providing innovative solutions or proposals to reduce gaps in your country within the AI ecosystem.
• Associated with an establishment in the NL

A woman who is making a sustainable impact with AI technology by considering the long-term consequences of AI systems. An impact maker ensures the systems used will contribute to positive environmental outcomes.


• Significant contribution towards making a long-term impact with AI technology by considering the environment
• Is commitment to practice responsible decision-making in terms of sustainability, throughout the entire AI development lifecycle
• Associated with an establishment in the NL.

A woman leader, innovator, and visionary who is pioneering and adopting responsible and ethical applications in AI. She is promoting and contributing trustworthy, accessible, inclusive, and unbiased AI systems.


• Promoting or applying responsible use of AI.
• Initiative includes innovation, design, or technological advancement aimed at bringing transparency, fairness and trust in the development of AI systems or products.
• Working to define responsible AI with practical tools and proposals in explainability, data rights, privacy or security.
• Associated with an establishment in the NL

Winning the Women in AI Award

When will the awards take place?

A spectacular Gala will be held on Friday the 9th of February to announce the winners and finalists. This festive event (location to be determined) will honor and recognize women in AI in the Netherlands. Invitees will include leaders and influencers from the industry. With a mix of academia, government, prominent AI thought-leaders, AI enthusiasts, venture capitalists and AI startups. The event is mosty invite-only, but there will be a limited number of tickets made available (at reasonable cost) for others to join the celebration.

Event program

(more details will follow)
  • 17.30 | Opening doors
  • 18.30 | Welcome and drinks
  • 19.00 | Award ceremony with dinner
  • 20.50 | End dinner and short break
  • 21.00 | Entertainment and after party

Become a WAI Awards partner

Partnering with the WAI Awards is a great way to show your commitment to supporting women as essential stakeholders in the development of emerging technologies, from data scientists to business leaders. It gives you the opportunity to engage and network with 500+ industry, government and academic leaders and influencers. By partnering with the WAI Awards you are able to connect with investors, founders, AI thought leaders, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.

Would you like to partner with the WAI Awards? Please contact our Head of Partnerships Alla with the button below.

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