Hidden Figures Award

Celebrating and awarding women in STEM field, who have done amazing work and are our role models for future generations.

Award Nomination

Nomination ends in:


Hidden Figures Award aims to make sure meaningful but less obvious contributions to STEM are never overlooked in the way the black women who played a key role in the moon landing at NASA were.

We believe that these Hidden Figures need to be awarded for their efforts, work, achievements and most of all for their contribution as women in STEM. These are the role models the world needs to see and we want to celebrate. We want to expose the amazing work they have done and give others the opportunity to thank them for their contribution! Therefore we grant the “Hidden Figures Award 2022”.


There is this one female work colleague, who just pulled off a huge project for the company. The one who has amazing ideas and created an innovative solution for an issue your company was facing. Or your friend, who puts all her passion and energy into their startup or volunteer organisation to help others.

In other words, we all know them, those Hidden Figures in our lives, who have made the world a tiny bit better or even had a huge impact, but never got the well deserved recognition.

Above all, they don’t appear in newspaper, they were never nominated for an award and let alone received the Nobel price.


There are a few rules, we would like to instate to be eligible for the nomination of this award:

  • This award is only for women
  • Everyone can nominate, even the nominee herself
  • The nominee has never been a finalist for or has received an award before
  • Nominees and the reason for nomination must be related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics)

Every nominator gets the chance to win a ticket for the #wetechtogether conference 2022 where we will be celebrating and awarding the women in STEM you have nominated.

Award Categories

Empowered Woman Award

Award Patroness


Startup / Innovation

Award Patroness

Merkle Digitalagentur

Non-Profit Organisation

Award Patroness

Fachstelle für Gleichstellung Zürich

The Hidden Figures Award are proudly sponsored by:

Merkle Digitalagentur

Further Award Sponsors

Fachstelle für Gleichstellung Zürich

The Award prizes will be proudly supported by:

More prize sponsors will be announced soon!

Sheraton Zurich Hotel
Fossil Switzerland
Zurich Switzerland logo

Are you a great supporter of Hidden Figures? Support the award and become a sponsor of this years Hidden Figures Award Ceremony! Reach out to us by email to learn more about the opportunity!

Award Prizes

Hidden Figure Award Gewinnerinnen 2021

Award Celebration & #wetechtogether Conference

All finalists are invited to celebrate the nomination at the Award Night and join us for the #wetechtogether conference the next day!

Fossil Prize Sponsor

Presents and products offered by Fossil

All finalists will receive different products from our prize sponsor Fossil.

Sheraton Zurich West

Stay the award night at the Sheraton Zurich West

All finalists will be invited by Zurich Tourisumus and Shearton to stay overnight at Shearton West on the night of the award.


15th of August 2022

Nominate your Hidden Figure

5th of September 2022

Announcement of finalists

30th of September 2022

Award Ceremony

(*all finalists will receive complimentary access to the #wetechtogether conference 2022)

Jury Members

Jury members will be announced soon! Do you want to join as jury member?

Reach out to us by email!

These are the Hidden Figures Award winners 2021


Zulma Prieto - Hidden Figures Award Winner 2021 Category Startup

From left to right: Taisha Fabricius (Keynote Non-Profit Category), Tatjana Nebel, Noemi Kaufmann, Alexandra Diening, Marisa Tschopp, Zulma Prieto, Claudia Bruce-Quartey (Jury Member), Magaly Mathys, Priska Burkard (Initiator and Co-Founder TechFace)

Category: Empowered Women

Congratulation to Alexandra Diening (EPAM Systems)

Alexandra is the head of Research for a large corporation in the tech industry. She built a team from 0 to 10+ experts, is part of senior leadership and driving the global research competency. Empowering others and driving the excellence in research in tech is at the heart of her work. All that meanwhile having her first child (now 2 years old), she embodies a true example of resilience and women power. 


Introduction finalists

Category: Startup / Innovation

Congratulations to Zulma Prieto (Emilian AG)

Zulma has co-founded Emilian AG, an insurtech startup offering an insurance platform helping small insurance advisors, particularly in emerging countries, to digitize and contribute to closing the insurance gap in those countries. Thanks to Zulma’s vision, Emilian has developed a platform with the power of getting more people in the world protected. Emilian, being white label platform, allows insurance advisors to strengthen their business and their own brand and thereby contribute to their community with their business. Emilian is innovative because there currently exists no insurance platform which seeks to establish end-to-end-connectivity by connecting the data silos that currently exist in the sector.


Introduction finalists

Category: Non-Profit Organisation

Congratulations to Sonia Karkare (Adavanced to Ampify)

Sonia has co-founded Advanced to Amplify, to serve professionally at-risk women in reskilling and preparing for the digital economies of tomorrow. Advance to Amplify (AtoA), is a venture born out of the Roxbourg MBA program – a special, one-of-a-kind MBA program focused on social impact. The goal of our venture is to make a difference in gender diversity, especially for women who are professionally at-risk.


Introduction finalists

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