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Digital Vanguard

Trailblazers. Risktakers. Innovators. Renegades.

The Digital Vanguard Award is awarded to women of color who are trailblazers in the creative digital community. These content creators are artists, producers, game developers, graphic designers, app creators, programmers, bloggers, vloggers, digital photographers, musicians, animators, filmmakers and those who use technology as a creative tool and platform for sharing their work.

Five exemplary women will be awarded the Women Interactive Digital Vanguard Award on Friday, November 8, 2013.

Criteria for the Digital Vanguard Award are creative digital content creators who:

  1. Demonstrate innovation in concept, design, aesthetic and functionality as it pertains to their discipline and industry.
  2. Created digital content that is impactful, engaging, relevant and applicable to their audience.
  3. Contributed to the overall expansion and progression of creativity in the digital space.
  4. Communicated a message with a distinct point of view and presented information that was informative, inspiring, comical, or thought-provoking.


5 Award Recipients will receive ONE of the following, The Digital Vanguard Award for:

Lifetime Achievement –recognizes a lifetime of achievement of stellar work and contributions in the creative technology space.

Social Change – recognizes those who use the tech space to make a social impact and bring about social change.

Digital Renegade- recognizes those whose broke the mold by creating new opportunities and avenues for growth in the tech space.

Trail Blazer- recognizes those who are breaking new ground in creative technology creation by excelling in realms not typically explored by women.

Neo Digital – recognizes women who are just recently in the last 4 or less years are making a splash in the creative technology space.

A Digital Vanguard Nominee must be a leader in one or several of the areas of S.T.E.A.M. – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. Nominees must have created something innovative (in the applicable above category) that has made a valuable contribution to society.

Digital Vanguard Nominees can be software developers, filmmakers, app designers, content creators, musicians, entrpreneurs – you get the picture! They MUST use technology or have digital aspect to what they do AND THEY MUST BE AWESOME!

Digital Vanguard Award Recipients are chosen by the Women Interactive Curator Board. The Nomination Deadline is August 1, 2013. Selected Award Recipients will be notified by September 15, 2013.



2012 Women Interactive Digital Vanguard Award Recipients


Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient – Dr. Ayoka Chenzira, Interactive Digital Media Artist, Filmmaker and Director of Spelman College Digital Moving Salon. Dr. Ayoka Chenzira is a world reknowned and critically acclaimed filmmaker and Spelman College’s first Cosby chair and the Founding Director of Spelman’s Digital Moving Image Salon. Dr. Chenzira is currently working on the interactive film,  HERAdventure and is also currently working to bring author Pearl Cleage’s books to the big screen. Twitter: @ayomentary






Neo Digital – Corvida Raven, Co-Founder of Everything Twitter, Creator of She, Co-Founder, The Social Geeks Podcast, Editor In A Third Place and has worked with TED, Laptop Magazine, GM, Intel, Fast Company and The Standard.




Digital Renegade- Angela Benton, Founder of New Me Accelerator and Black Web 2.0, Angela Benton is the CEO of Black Web Media LLC., which publishes the leading online publication for African-Americans interested in Technology and New Media. Benton, the founder and CEO of Black Web Media, launched the site in 2007.




Digital Trailblazer – Issa Rae, Producer/Director/Writer and Creator of webseries, Awkward Black Girl and I Hate LA Dudes. “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” often referred to as ABG, is Issa Rae’s third web series. It has been featured on several sites and publications, including CNN, NBC,, Vibe, Huffington Post, Essence Magazine and more.”   Rae, recently inked a deal with ABC and Shonda Rimes (Creator of Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy) to bring I Hate LA Dudes to bring the show to ABC.  She received her B.A. from Stanford University, where she produced and directed four theatrical productions, including two stage adaptations of Spike Lee films.


Social Change Agent – Kimberly Bryant, Founder of Black Girls Code, Engineer, Social Entrepreneur.  Black Girls Code mission:  to introduce programming and technology to a new generation of coders, coders who will become builders of technological innovation and of their own futures.




Congratulations to the 2012 Women Interactive Digital Vanguard Recipients!!