The Leoni Warne Prize honours Leoni Warne’s contribution to promoting the role of women in IT in Australia.

The Prize:

The Prize is worth $1500 and recognizes the best article published during the year in the broad area of women and IT. The prize is co-sponsored by the Australian Association for Information Systems (AAIS), the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and the Australian Council of Professors and Heads of Information Systems (ACPHIS).

Eligibility – Authors:

Australian academics or practitioners, working in any discipline, are invited to nominate an article that addresses any of the broad range of issues relating to the area of women in IT. The author needs to be Australian based and in co-authored articles, one of the authors must be Australian based.

Eligibility – Papers:

Authors are invited to nominate articles they have published, or are to appear, in the year of the prize. The award will be made for papers that have been published in the current year. The article can be in any outlet; book, book chapter, conference or journal or other media. The lead author should only submit one article.

Nomination requirements:

The nominations should include the following:

  • a reprint of the article
  • a short (half page) biography of each author
  • a statements from publishers relating to the publication dates, if the article has not yet been published
  • a statement from the author(s), maximum one page, presenting how the article addresses the criteria for the prize.

Important Dates:

Submission date will be announced via the AAIS mailing list (IS-Aus). These dates usually fall in October-November and the Prize is announced at the annual Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS) that is usually held in the first week of December.


Nominations are to be sent to the Judging Panel co-conveners. All 4 components of the nomination, as listed above, need to be submitted electronically. The files can be either Word (.doc/docx) documents or pdf files.

Judging Panel:

Henry Linger
Helen Hasan

Selection Criteria:

The panel will assess the nominated articles on the following criteria:

  • the significance of the article to academics and practitioners
  • to make an exceptional contribution to an academic field relevant to the study of women and IT
  • the potential of the article to significantly impact and/or influence the role of women in the IT industries
  • the quality of the writing and presentation


The prize is offered annually but will only be awarded if the panel considers that one of the nominated articles meets the selection criteria.