Golden Compass UNDP Special Prize awarded to Microsoft for “Women Leaders in Technology”

May 30, 2017

Microsoft’s “Women Leaders in Technology”, implemented cooperatively with KAGIDER and Aydın Doğan Foundation to support women’s success stories in technology, was awarded the UNDP Special Prize in the 16th Golden Compass of TUHID.

Turkey – Istanbul – The “16th Golden Compass Turkish Public Relations Prizes” were awarded to winners by the Turkish Public Relations Society (TUHID), marking its 45th year in the communications sector. In the awards ceremony held at Grand Pera Emek Theater in the evening of 25 May 2017 Thursday, the “TUHID-UNDP Special Prize” presented jointly by TUHID and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was awarded to Microsoft Turkey’s “Women Leaders in Technology”. The “Women Leaders in Technology” contest organized jointly by Microsoft Turkey, KAGIDER and Aydın Doğan Foundation aims to identify and support the women who made success stories in technology in Turkey.

The awards ceremony hosted by TUHID at Grand Pera Emek Theater in the evening of 25 May 2017 Thursday was honoured by Prof. Dr. Ms. Ayşe Şule Kut, Rector of Okan University and the Chair of 16th Golden Compass Jury; Ms. Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano, UN Turkey Resident Coordinator and UNDP Turkey Resident Representative; Ms. Oya Eczacıbaşı, Chair of Istanbul Modern Executive Board; Ms. Ümit Boyner, Chair of Boyner Group Executive Board; and many leading personalities of business, media and public relations.

Delivering the opening remarks for the 16th Golden Compass Awards Ceremony, Ms. Gonca Karakaş, Chair of TUHID Executive Board, stated that 242 projects applied for Golden Compass Turkish Public Relations Prizes in 17 main categories and 17 subcategories, with 170 projects from institutions and 72 Young Communicators projects. Ms. Karakaş pointed that all these invaluable projects were rigorously examined, and 41 identified for award. Referring to the importance of communications in the future world, Ms. Karakaş said “We have chosen this year’s theme as ‘Communication of Goodness, Goodness of Communication’. Our purpose is to consider the concept of goodness in a wide range from individual to institutional.” Emphasizing further that the world of communications has been undergoing a drastic change, Ms. Karakaş added that “We as TUHID not only want to be part of this change, but also try to lead the change. We know we have a lot more to do.”

 

Ms. Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano, UN Turkey Resident Coordinator and UNDP Turkey Resident Representative,

 

Goal is to bring out success stories that will inspire women entrepreneurs

The “Women Leaders in Technology” contest, which was awarded the “UNDP Special Prize” jointly presented by TUHID and UNDP, will be held for the second time this year. The contest includes prizes in the following categories: Future Technology Star Candidate, Future Technology Star, Woman Leader Making Difference in Information Technologies, Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, Woman Software Developer of the Year, Woman CIO of the Year, Woman Overcoming Handicaps, Woman Scientist of the Year and Woman Leader Making Difference in Cloud Technologies. The prizes will be awarded to winners in a ceremony to be held Microsoft Turkey Office on 12 June.