2019 European Ada Awards Open

Under the esteemed patronage of Ms. Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, the Digital Leadership Institute and its partners are honoured to announce the opening of nominations for the 2019-2020 European Ada Awards recognising top girls and women* in digital fields from across Europe.

Online nominations for outstanding girls and women in digital sectors will be open until 20 September 2019, and winners will be celebrated at the sixth annual European Ada Awards ceremony, taking place on 16 October in Brussels as part of European Code Week and the WomenInTech.Brussels Women Code Festival. The event is open to members of the public who register, on a first-come-first-served basis. Official 2019 European Ada Awards timings may be found on the Awards calendar.

Nomination Details

Submission details and nomination forms for the 2019 European Ada Awards may be found at the links below:

Official 2019 European Ada Awards timings may be found on the 2019 European Ada Awards calendar.

Important Dates – 2019 European Ada Awards

19 June – 2019-20 European Ada Awards Online Nominations Open
20 September
– 2019-20 Ada Awards Online Nominations Close at 18:00 CET
27 September – 18:00 CET Online Announcement of 2019-20 European Ada Award Finalists
16 October
– 2019-20 European Ada Awards Ceremony at Google Atelier in Brussels

For more information about the 2019 European Ada Awards, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact us!

*Anyone who identifies as a girl or woman

DLI Update – May-June 2019

The Digital Leadership Institute Board and Executive Team are actively involved in outreach activities with partners and stakeholders around the world that promote ESTEAM* leadership by girls and women.  Find out more about our outreach activities of May and June 2019 below, and please visit our calendar for events organised by DLI.

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10 May 2019 – Women in ICT Sharing Experiences (Brussels) : On 10 May, Ms. Katja Legisa, DLI inQube Director,  joined the eighth edition of the Women in ICT Sharing Experiences Annual Networking event organised by the Centre for Balanced Leadership in Brussels.


15 May 2019 – EC Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Governing Board Meeting (Brussels) : Ms. Che Van Dyck, DLI Founding Director,  joined the seventh meeting of the Governing Board for the European Commission’s Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, taking place in Brussels on 15 May.


21 May 2019 – STEM Fair (Los Angeles): On 21 May, Ms. Che Van Dyck, DLI Founding Director, contributed to organising a STEM Fair in Los Angeles County, in order to encourage young people, especially girls, to pursue studies and careers in these areas.


28 May 2019 – Computer Science Panel (Los Angeles) : Ms. Che Van Dyck, DLI Founding Director, joined a panel promoting Computer Science studies and careers for Los Angeles County high school students, especially young women, taking place on 28 May in Redondo Beach.


13 June 2019 – Digital Skills and Jobs Governing Board Meeting (Bucharest): On 13 June, Ms. Cheryl Miller, DLI Founder,  joined the eighth meeting of the Governing Board of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition of Europe. The meeting took place in Bucharest as part of Digital Assembly 2019, hosted by the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Ms. Loredana Bucseneanu, DLI Director of Development, also joined the event as representative of Belgium to the joint meeting of the National Coalitions for Digital Skills and Jobs.


13 June 2019 – WEgate Stakeholder Meeting (Brussels): On 13 June July in Brussels, Ms. Katja Legisa, DLI Entrepreneurship Director,  joined a stakeholder meeting for the WEgate platform, an initiative of the European Commission aimed at stimulating and supporting women-led entrepreneurship in Europe.


26-28 June 2019 – Mobile World Congress (Shanghai): Ms. Cheryl Miller, DLI Founder,  joined the Mobile World Congress on 26-28 June in Shanghai as a guest of hosts GSMA, and participated in the Women4Tech Summit that took place on 27 June.


Be sure to visit our Calendar and Outreach Activities page, and sign up for the DLI Newsletter in order to keep up with DLI events and activities!

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DLI Update – March-April 2019

The Digital Leadership Institute Board and Executive Team are actively involved in outreach activities with partners and stakeholders around the world that promote ESTEAM* leadership by girls and women. 23-25 March, DLI’s Founding Director, Ms. Che Van Dÿck joined the European at the W20 Meetings in Japan.  Find out more about our outreach activities of March and April 2019 below, and please visit our calendar for events organised by DLI.

*STEM powered by Entrepreneurship and Arts


8 March 2019 – European Commission “Spotlight on Women in Cyber” (Brussels) : On 8 March in Brussels, Ms. Loredana Bucseneanu and Ms. Liliana Carrillo of the DLI Executive Team, contributed to a day-long event at the European Commission showcasing “Women in Cyber” in celebration of International Women’s Day 2019.  Video of the event, which is part of the Women in Digital program supported by Commissioner Gabriel, may be found here.


22-24 March 2019 – W20 Japan Meetings & 5thWAW!/W20 (Tokyo) : On 22 March, Ms. Che Van Dyck, DLI Founding Director,  joined the European Delegation to the 2019 W20 Japan meetings taking place in Tokyo, to deliver a communiqué to the G20 promoting digital, financial and workforce inclusion for women. Ms. Van Dyck also joined the 23-24 March fifth annual World Assembly for Women (WAW!) event hosted by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


29 March 2019 – Career Day (Los Angeles) :   Ms. Che Van Dyck, DLI Founding Director,  joined a 29 March school visit of local actors in the IT, Entertainment and Creative industries, in order to promote STEM careers to young people in Los Angeles County.


9 April 2019 – AWS Public Summit “We Power Tech” Luncheon (Brussels) : Ms. Che Van Dyck, DLI Founding Director,  contributed to an invitation-only luncheon hosted in the context of the annual AWS Public Sector Summit in Brussels on 9 April.


10 April 2019 – AWS Women in Professional Services (Brussels) : On 10 April in Brussels, Ms. Che Van Dyck, DLI Founding Director, delivered a keynote address to the AWS Professional Services gathering in Brussels.


10 April 2019 – WEP & Airbnb “Boosting Female Entrepreneurship in Europe” Luncheon (Brussels) :DLI executive team members joined a 10 April luncheon on “Boosting Female Entrepreneurship in Europe,” hosted by WEP and Airbnb, and chaired by Ms. Claudia Tapardel MEP. Ms. Che Van Dyck, DLI Founding Director, gave a closing address as member of the WEP board of directors.


Be sure to visit our Calendar and Outreach Activities page, and sign up for the DLI Newsletter in order to keep up with DLI events and activities!

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DLI Update – January-February 2019

Happy 2019 from DLI!

The Digital Leadership Institute Board and Executive Team are actively involved in outreach activities with partners and stakeholders around the world that promote ESTEAM* leadership by girls and women.  Find out about our outreach activities of January and February 2019 below, and please visit our calendar for events organised by DLI.

*STEM powered by Entrepreneurship and Arts

21 January 2019 – “Europe for Her” Conference with European Committee of the Regions (Brussels) : On 21 January in Brussels, Ms. Katja Legisa, DLI/Digital Brusselles Director, joined a panel on “Education and Careers,” as part of an event promoting a larger role for girls and women in Europe’s cities and regions, hosted by the European Committee of the Regions (CoR).


24 January 2019 – #SheDIDIT Learning Library: “Experts Speaking Out”  (Brussels) : On 24 January at Start IT Brussels, Ms. Che Van Dyck, DLI Founding Director,  joined a Learning Library mentorship gathering as one of seven women role models being showcased by the #SheDIDIT campaign, promoting entrepreneurship by women of diverse backgrounds in Belgium.


29 January 2019 –  GSMA Winter Celebration (Brussels) :  On 29 January in Brussels, Ms. Che Van Dyck, DLI Founding Director, joined a celebration of leadership by women in digital sectors hosted at GMSA in Brussels.  Ms. Van Dyck was part of a high-level panel for which the opening keynote was provided by Ms. Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society.


3-5 February 2019 – W20 Japan  Preparation Meetings at OECD (Paris) : 3-5 February at the OECD in Paris, members of the DLI Executive Team contributed to preparation activities ahead of the W20 Japan 2019 meetings taking place in Tokyo 23-24 March 2019.


25-28 February 2019 – Mobile World Congress & Women4Tech Summit (Barcelona) : Ms. Che Van Dyck, DLI Founding Director,  joined the Ministerial Programme and Women4Tech Summit that took place 25-28 February in Barcelona as part of Mobile World Congress 2019


Be sure to visit our Calendar and Outreach Activities page, and sign up for the DLI Newsletter in order to keep up with DLI events and activities!

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DLI Update – Winter 2018

The Digital Leadership Institute Board and Executive Team are actively involved in outreach activities with partners and stakeholders around the world that promote ESTEAM* leadership by girls and women.  On 21 November 2018, Che Miller Van Dyck, DLI’s founding director, was recognized by the Financial Times and Google as one of 100 “digital pioneers” of Europe, in a celebration that took place in Brussels.  Find out more about the FT/Google event and our outreach activities of November and December 2018 below, and please visit our calendar for events organised by DLI.

*Entrepreneurship and Art powered by Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics


16 November -“Hack the Goals” at Enabel (Brussels): On 16 November in Brussels, Ms. Cheryl Miller, DLI Founding Director, gave an in-depth talk on “Closing the Digital Gender Gap” at the Digital for Development (D4D) knowledge-sharing event of “Hack the Goals,” an initiative of Enabel, the Belgian Development Agency. The D4D event and Hack the Goals closing ceremony was open to the public.


21 November – “Europe’s Road To Growth” with The Financial Times and Google (Brussels): The DLI Team joined a 21 November event on “Europe’s Road to Growth,” celebrating the achievements of 100 digital pioneers of Europe, including Cheryl “Che” Miller Van Dyck, DLI Founder, who were showcased in the Financial Times Europe’s Road to Growth special report. The event took place at the Google Atelier in Brussels.


4 December – MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 Summit Europe (Paris): On 4 December, Ms. Katja Legisa, DLI Digital Brusselles Director,  joined the MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 Summit Europe 2018 taking place in Paris. Ms. Legisa is a member of the jury responsible for selecting the European Innovators Under 35 recognized at the summit this year.


6 December – Digital Skills and Jobs Governing Board Meeting (Vienna): On 6 December, Ms. Cheryl Miller, DLI Founder,  joined the fifth meeting of the Governing Board of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition of Europe. The meeting took place in Vienna as part of ICT 2018 – Imagine Digital, Europe’s largest ICT industry event, hosted by the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.  Ms. Miller was also member of the jury and announced this year’s winner of the Digital Skills Award for Girls and Women.


Be sure to visit our Calendar and Outreach Activities page, and sign up for the DLI Newsletter in order to keep up with DLI events and activities!

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DLI Founder is EU Digital Champion

On 21 November in Brussels, Cheryl Miller Van Dyck, founding director of the Digital Leadership Institute International (DLII.org), was recognised by the Financial Times and Google as one of 100 digital champions of Europe.  Miller Van Dyck, who for ten years has led global efforts to increase participation of girls and women in technology sectors, was credited as being a leader and influencer in “promoting digital transformation in Europe.”  Miller Van Dyck and her 99 cohorts were selected from among over 4000 nominations by a jury of their peers representing industry and the public sector.  The digital champions report and event are part of an ongoing Financial Times series on “Europe’s Road to Growth.”

Read the full report here (Article/Image Page 21).

DLI Update – September-October 2018

The Digital Leadership Institute Board and Executive Team are actively involved in outreach activities with partners and stakeholders around the world that promote ESTEAM* leadership by girls and women. Find out about our outreach activities of September and October below, and please visit our calendar for events organised by DLI.

*Entrepreneurship and Art powered by Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics


11 September – Chamber of Commerce (Turin, Italy): On 11 September in Turin, Italy, Ms. Cheryl Miller, DLI Founding Director, joined an international working group hosted by the Chamber of CommerceWomen in Business Committee, to examine “opportunities for digitalization to promote women’s empowerment.” Results of the roundtable will be published and promoted to European stakeholders, including the European Commission.


13 September – Women Entrepreneurship Platform AGM (Brussels): On 13 September in Brussels, Ms. Cheryl Miller, DLI Founder,  joined the Board Meeting of the Women Entrepreneurship Platform.


17 September – Digital Skills and Jobs Governing Board Meeting (Brussels): On 17 September at the European Commission in Brussels, Ms. Cheryl Miller, DLI Founder,  joined the fourth meeting of the Governing Board of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition of Europe of which she is a member.


18 September – Women Entrepreneurs in Horizon 2020 (Brussels): On 18 September in Brussels, Ms. Cheryl Miller, DLI Founding Director,  gave a presentation on “women entrepreneurs in the digital economy,” including best practices and challenges they face, in the context of an event hosted by the EMPOWA project – aiming to enhance activities by women entrepreneurs in Horizon 2020.


24 September – 1st Annual Meeting of the Interest Group on Women Entrepreneurship, European Parliament (Brussels): At the European Parliament in Brussels on 24 September, Ms. Cheryl Miller, DLI Founding Director,  joined the 1st Annual Meeting of the Interest Group on Women Entrepreneurship, hosted by Ms. Sirpa Pietikainen MEP, IGWE Chair, with the Women Entrepreneurship Platform.


1-3 October – W20 Summit (Buenos Aires, Argentina): Ms. Cheryl Miller, DLI Founding Director,  joined the W20 Summit, taking place on 1-3 October, as part of the 2018 G20 in Argentina. Cheryl is member of the EU delegation contributing to the international dialogue on the topics of Digital Inclusion, Financial Inclusion, Labor Inclusion and Rural Development.


9 October – “Portray Her: Representations of Women STEM Characters in Media” (Los Angeles): On 9 October, Ms. Cheryl Miller, DLI Founding Director,  joined a Global Symposium on Gender in Media entitled “Portray Her: Representations of Women STEM Characters in Media,” hosted by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and Lyda Hill Foundation, at the Writers Guild of America West in Los Angeles .


16 October – COPA Innovation Award for Women Farmers 2018 (Brussels): On 16 October, Ms. Cheryl Miller, DLI Founding Director, gave a presentation about the Women Entrepreneurship Platform at the COPA Innovation Award for Women Farmers 2018, taking place in Brussels on 16 October.


18 October – d-Lab Roundtable at Biennal Open City (Barcelona): On 18 October, Ms. Cheryl Miller, DLI Founding Director, contributed to a Barcelona Mobile World Capital panel discussion on “Empowering Women in the Tech industry” in the context of the Biennal Open City festival of the Ajuntament de Barcelona. The panel was part of a celebration of winning projects for the 2018 d-Lab challenge.


18 October – #SheDIDIT Coaching Event (Berchem, Belgium): As part of the #SheDIDIT campaign by Markant VZW, on 18 October in Berchem, Belgium, Ms. Cheryl Miller, DLI Founding Director,  contributed to a coaching event for women entrepreneurs. Ms. Miller was chosen to join the #SheDIDIT campaign with six other “leading ladies with roots outside Belgium,” whom the campaign will promote as role models for youth and the Flemish community at large.


23 October -“Why are there so few women who tech?” with Womenquake (Brussels): Ms. Cheryl Miller, DLI Founding Director,  joined a panel hosted by Womenquake Belgium, on 23 October at the Google Atelier in Brussels, to discuss the question Why are there so few women who tech?


Be sure to visit our Calendar and Outreach Activities page, and sign up for the DLI Newsletter in order to keep up with DLI events and activities!

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DLI Update – Summer 2018

The DLI Board and Executive Team are actively involved in outreach activities with partners and stakeholders around the world that promote ESTEAM* leadership by girls and women. Find out below about our work in Summer 2018, learn here about future outreach activities in which we are involved, and visit our calendar for upcoming events organised by DLI.

*Entrepreneurship & Arts powered by Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics


19 June – DIGITAL4HER (Brussels): On 19 June in Brussels, Ms. Cheryl Miller, DLI Founding Director, moderated “DIGITAL4HER,” a day-long European Commission event with the patronage of Ms. Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society.  The event aimed to promote greater participation of women in media, in digital sectors and in tech startup.


19 June – Women Entrepreneurs and the Future of Work (Brussels): Ms. Katja Legisa, DLI Digital Brusselles Director, joined a European Parliament event in Brussels on 19 June, on the subject of “Future of Work and the role of Women entrepreneurs,” hosted by KAGIDER and Mrs Gesine Meissner, MEP.


10 July – SEMICON West (San Francisco): On 10 July in San Francisco, Ms. Cheryl Miller, DLI Founding Director, moderated a panel on Diversity and Inclusion as part of the “Meet the Experts” program in the Smart Workforce Pavillion at SEMICON West 2018.


Be sure to visit our Calendar and Outreach Activities page, and sign up for the DLI Newsletter in order to keep up with DLI events and activities!

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Support Digital Inclusion at the G20

On 28-29 May, as part of the OECD Forum in Paris, DLI Director, Ms. Cheryl Miller, joined a group of international delegates for a W20 Roundtable on Digital Inclusion as part of G20 meetings hosted by Argentina in 2018.  The W20 Paris gathering, attended by representatives of twelve countries and key public and private sector actors, resulted in the W20 Argentina 2018 Communiqué on Digital Inclusion which will be promoted at the Women 20 Summit taking place 30 September to 3 October 2018 in Buenos Aires.

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to share the findings of the W20 Communiqué on Digital Inclusion with their G20 decision-makers and representatives in order to garner support for its broader acceptance and uptake by the G20 in 2018.

The aim of W20 is to influence the agenda of the decision-making bodies of the G20 with a view to impacting public policies in order to increase women’s participation in the economies and societies of their countries.

DLI Update – May 2018

The DLI Board and Executive Team are actively involved in outreach activities with partners and stakeholders around the world that promote ESTEAM* leadership by girls and women. Find out below about our work in May 2018, learn here about future outreach activities in which we are involved, and visit our calendar for upcoming events organised by DLI.

*Entrepreneurship & Arts powered by Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics


9-11 May – AWS Summit & AWS Public Sector Summit (London): May 9-11, Ms. Mai Ensmann and Ms. Katja Legisa, DLI executive team members, joined three days of public sector, startup and cloud activities as part of the AWS Summit and AWS Public Sector Summit taking place in London.


15-17 May – Navigate (Austin, TX): DLI Founding Director, Ms. Cheryl Miller,  joined the 2018 Navigate Identity Governance Conference in Austin, Texas.


21-25 May – Brussels Days (Washington, DC & New York City): 21-25 May, Ms. Cheryl Miller, DLI Founding Director, joined a Brussels Capital Region mission to Washington DC and New York City, including a Fin&Tonic event with B-Hive on “Algorithms for a Sustainable Future,” to celebrate Brussels Days.


28 & 30 May – W20 “Digital Inclusion” Meetings (Paris): In Paris on 28 and 30 May, Ms. Cheryl Miller, DLI Founding Director,  joined the “Digital Inclusion” working group meetings as a Delegate for W20 Argentina 2018.


29-30 May – OECD Forum (Paris): 29-30 May, Ms. Cheryl Miller, DLI Founding Director,  joined the OECD Forum in Paris whose subject this year is “what brings us together,” with a focus on Inclusion, Digitalisation and International Cooperation.


Be sure to visit our Calendar and Outreach Activities page, and sign up for the DLI Newsletter in order to keep up with DLI events and activities!

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