State of the Edge and Edge Computing World Announce Finalists For The Edge Woman of the Year Award 2021


Edge computing leaders from State of the Edge and Edge Computing World have announced the Third Annual Women top finalists.

The Edge Woman of the Year 2021 nominees reflects a group of qualified industry leaders in roles impacting the direction of their organization’s strategy, technology or communications around edge computing, edge software, edge infrastructure or edge systems. The finalists were selected for their outstanding nomination and referred to the final panel of reviewers by the organizers.

The final winner will be chosen by a panel of industry judges, including the previous Edge Woman of the Year 2020 winner, Fay Arjomandi, Founder of mimik Technology Inc. The winner of the Edge Woman of the Year 2021 will be announced during this year’s Edge Computing World, being held virtually October 12-15, 2021.

“The Edge Woman of the Year Award 2021 was created as part of an industry commitment of time and resources to highlight the growing importance of the contributions and accomplishments of women in edge computing,” says Candice Digby, Partnerships and Events Manager at Vapor IO. “The award is presented annually at the Edge Computing World event, which offers the finalists and winners one of the most visible platforms for the entire edge computing ecosystem to highlight the advancements of their efforts in this field.”

The State of the Edge and Edge Computing World are proud to sponsor the annual Edge Woman of the Year Award, which is presented to an outstanding female and/or non-binary professional in edge computing across network, cloud, applications, developers, and infrastructure end-users.

“I was honored to have been chosen as Edge Woman of the Year 2020 and to be recognized alongside many inspiring and innovative women across the industry,” comments Fay Arjomandi, Founder and CEO, mimik Technology Inc. “I am thrilled to participate in announcing this year’s Edge Woman of the Year 2021 finalist categories; together we have much to accomplish and the women nominated for this year inspire us all to continue our work in building a sustainable digital economy.”

Edge Woman of the Year Award finalists

The annual Edge Woman of the Year Award is presented to outstanding female and non-binary professionals in edge computing for outstanding performance in their roles elevating Edge. The 2021 award committee selected the following seven finalists for their excellent work in the named categories:

Leadership in Edge Startups

– Eva Schoenleitner, CEO at

Leadership in Edge Open Source Contributions

– Dr. Stefanie Chiras, Senior Vice President, Platforms Business at Red Hat

Leadership in Hyperscale Edge

– Prajakta Joshi, Group Product Manager, Edge Cloud for Enterprise and Telecom at Google

Leadership in Network Edge

– Rita Kozlov, Director of Product at Cloudflare, Inc.

Leadership in Edge Innovation and Research

– Azimeh Sefidcon, Research Director at Ericsson

Leadership in Edge Best Practices

– Lily Yusupova, Strategic Account Executive, Schneider Electric

Leadership in Rural Edge

– Nancy Shemwell, Chief Operating Officer, Trilogy Networks, Inc.

The 2021 submissions continue to be incredibly impressive and the list of Edge Woman of the Year finalists represents a premier group of women taking the reins of leadership across the edge computing ecosystem. Edge computing continues to be one of the fastest growing industries, and we hope these women inspire the industry as well as encourage more women to pursue careers in Edge.

“Visibility of female leadership is so important to the potential growth and innovation in Edge Computing,” notes Gavin Whitechurch of Topio Networks and Edge Computing World, “Recognizing this group of elite technologists inspires and encourages continuous forward thinking in our diverse industry.”

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