At MAKERS India’s recently concluded India edition of the iconic MAKERS Conference a key highlight was the ‘Women Who Make India Awards’ and the ‘Emerging Women Entrepreneur 2021 Awards’ -- a celebration and recognition of women’s achievements in their fields and the impact they're creating or have the potential to create.
The trailblazing winners of these awards were chosen based on an evaluation criteria that included measures for impact, innovation, influence, and relevance in different areas ranging from social issues, technology and entrepreneurship, among other categories.
The MAKERS India Women Who Make India Awards recognised trailblazing women who have shown remarkable growth in the tech. innovation and entrepreneurship space; the winners of the different categories were Nivruti Rai, Country Head, Intel India and Vice President, Product Supply Chain, GSC, Intel, Dr, Geetha Manjunath, Founder & CEO, NIRAMAI and Divya Gokulnagh, Co-founder, BYJU’S .
The MAKERS India Emerging Women Entrepreneur 2021 Awards recognised women who have made a dent in the ecosystem by their products and services; the winners of the 5 different categories were Jasmine Bala, Founder of Project Balika, Maya Anandan, 14-year-old founder of clothing brand, BoardBurn, Saloni Gaur, creator of Nazma Aapi, Selavarani Elangovan and Saradamba Annasamudram, scientists at Corteva Agriscience.and Vineeta Singh, CEO, SUGAR Cosmetics
Nikhil Rungta, Country Manager India, Verizon Media, spoke about the awards at The MAKERS Conference and said, “We are excited to present Women Who Make India Awards honour the iconic women doing trailblazing work in their chosen fields and ‘Emerging Women Entrepreneur 2021 Awards,’ to celebrate and acknowledge new voices of inclusion in the entrepreneur ecosystem.
Women Who Make India Awards
Rai was honored with the Tech in Innovation award for championing women’s inclusion and diversity at the workplace.
“I am extremely honoured to be receiving this award. Every generation has benefited from technology and the benefit of technology, in turn, comes from the adoption of it. I have taken it upon myself to further it because technology by itself is lifeless. It comes alive when it is adopted for the benefit of the lives and livelihood of people and that is the mission I am driving on,” said Rai while accepting the award.
Awarded in the Women in Science category, Dr. Manjunath said, “It is my great privilege to receive this award. I feel proud to be called ‘Women Who Make India’. As a nationalist, I have always admired the women leaders of India.” She, through Niramai, has developed a breakthrough AI solution for detecting early-stage breast cancer in a non-invasive radiation-free manner.
Byju’s co-founder Gokulnath bagged the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year award. She said, “An award like this inspires many more women that they can also do it. Unfortunately, at my age, most women drop out of the workforce because of family commitments after which they find it difficult to restart their careers. I don’t think any of us could have achieved what we have achieved without the help of our families and the people who trusted in our capabilities.”
Emerging Women Entrepreneur 2021 Awards
Turning the spotlight on upcoming voices of women entrepreneurs in the startup ecosystem, MAKERS India awarded five women startup founders under the ‘Emerging Women Entrepreneur 2021 Awards’ under various categories.
Bala, Founder, Project Balika took home the ‘Award for Social Impact’ for driving high impact in education. Sugar Cosmetics CEO Vineeta Singh won the Health & Lifestyle award while Corteva Agriscience scientists Selavarani Elangovan and Saradamba Annasamudram were awarded the technology award for their solutions focused on maximising productivity to enhance yield, sustainability, and profitability.
The award for Influencer was accorded to the dynamic young creator Saloni Gaur who goes by her Instagram handle Salonayyy. Gaur’s Nazma Aapi series that she started during the anti-CAA protests last year earned her immense fame online in a short span of time.
She said, “There are a lot of women who are doing incredible work in different fields but they don’t get the recognition they deserve. Since you have started this initiative, I just want to thank you all because when your work gets appreciated and recognized, you really feel motivated. This award has motivated me a lot and I am going to work even harder.”
Finally, 14-year-old Maya Anandan, who launched her own clothing brand, BoardBurn during the lockdown and revived the tie-and-dye trend online, was awarded the special ‘Young Achiever’ award.
Anandan said, “These past few years have been filled with successes, failures and an abundance of art. But most importantly, I have grown and learned from my mentors as well as my peers.”
The first-edition of The MAKERS Conference, India discussed various challenging scenarios for women in the workforce across sectors. The meaningful conversations held during the two-day conference shed light on issues that women face in fields ranging from tech, cinema to entrepreneurship and many others. The event brought together women leaders from the corporate sector to encourage and inspire millions of women to think big.