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By | July 21, 2020

State of the Edge and Edge Computing World Seeks to Recognize Women Shaping the Future of Edge

Written by Candice Digby, Partner and Events Manager at Vapor IO, a LF Edge member and active leader in the State of the Edge Project

As 2020 continues to surprise the world with new changes and challenges, the need for diversified leadership and tech innovation has never been more clear. In an effort to help promote and encourage progress in the edge industry, The LF Edge’s State of the Edge and Edge Computing World present the second annual Edge Woman of the Year Award.


The award recognizes leaders who have been impacting their organization’s strategy, technology or communications around edge computing, edge software, edge infrastructure or edge systems. The organizers encourage industry participants to nominate their colleagues, or for qualified women to nominate themselves. The “Top Ten Women in Edge” finalists will be selected by the organizers and the final winner will be chosen by a panel of industry judges. Finalists will be announced at Edge Computing World, being held virtually October 12-15, 2020. The Edge Woman of the Year will be announced on October 12th during the keynote session.

In addition to honoring the 10 semi-finalists and the ultimate Edge Woman of the Year, the organizations will also showcase the exceptional women who make up the advisory board, who are leaders in the industry themselves. Along with last year’s Edge Woman of the Year, Farah Papaioannou, Founder and President of Edgeworx, the 2020 advisory board includes:

  • Nadine Alameh, CEO, Open Geospatial Consortium
  • Samantha Clarke, Director of Business Development, Seagate Technology
  • Eliane Fiolet, Co-founder, Ubergizmo
  • Janet George, GVP Autonomous Enterprise, Oracle Cloud
  • Maribel Lopez, Founder and Principal Analyst, Lopez Research
  • Maemalynn Meanor, Senior PR, Marketing and Social Media Manager, The Linux Foundation
  • Carolina Milanesi, Founder, The Heart of Tech
  • Molly Wojcik, Director of Education & Awareness, Section
  • Michelle Davis, Manager, DoD/IC Specialist SA team, Red Hat

(Matt Trifiro, Farah Papaioannou, Gavin Whitechurch)

The Edge Woman of the Year 2019 award recognized Papaioannou for her outstanding impact on the edge computing industry and her multidimensional technology leadership, including venture capital, edge cloud computing, and open source projects. Now, she’ll join the impressive list of women choosing this year’s winner.

“It was an honor to acknowledge an exceptionally strong group of nominees last year, and we look forward to again recognizing those iterating on the edge computing technology in exceptionally creative ways this year,” said Gavin Whitechurch of Topio Networks and Edge Computing World. “It is imperative we take note of and acknowledge our colleagues leading the edge computing revolution, and we look forward to doing that with this year’s Edge Woman of the Year award.”

For more information on the Woman in Edge Award or to nominate someone, please visit

About State of the Edge

State of the Edge is an open source project under the LF Edge umbrella that publishes free research on edge computing. It is a Stage 2 project (growth) under LF Edge and is divided into three working groups: Open Glossary of Edge Computing, the Edge Computing Landscape and the State of the Edge reports. All State of the Edge research is offered free-of-charge under a Creative Commons license, including the landmark 2018 State of the Edge report, the 2019 Data at the Edge report and, most recently, the 2020 State of the Edge report.

About Edge Computing World

Edge Computing World is the only event that brings together users and developers with the entire edge ecosystem to accelerate the edge market & build the next generation of the internet. For 2020 the virtual event focuses on expanding the market, with new features including the Free-to-Attend Edge Developers Conference & the Free-to-End Users Edge Executive Conference.