At FITC, we believe that technology should be accessible to everyone, whether you are a woman or a man. Though the number of women in tech continue to rise, we want to ensure that we are doing our part to support women in the industry. That is why for the last four years we have been excited to offer women the chance to attend FITC Toronto for FREE through our women's initiative, coined #WomenAtFITC.

Women were invited to tell us WHY they wanted to attend the conference in a piece specifically created for the initiative. We looked for creativity and originality and submissions could come in many forms including a blog post, an animation, a web page, a poster design, a short film – the possibilities were wide open. That meant that any women creators, be them illustrators, developers, designers, engineers, writers, animators, photographers and more had the opportunity to enter to attend.

We are excited to announce that 62 women were granted tickets to FITC Toronto this year through their creative efforts! Some incredible pieces were submitted that showcased the talent of these women, and even left us a little choked up and honoured that these women will be joining us at the event.

Below is just a sampling of the winning submissions that exhibit the skills of these adept ladies. It was difficult to choose which ones to show here as so many were great.

Blog posts by Avery Swartz, Amanda FactorJessi Englund, and Linn Øyen Farley.

TIna Holly website

Ashley Arbour websiteMichele Tenki website

Ivonne Karamoy poster

Shannon Draper Infographic

Kathryn Barlow design

Monique Smith submission