Reel WiT Award

The Reel Women in Technology (Reel WiT) Award recognizes the best portrayal of leading women in technology from a program (e.g. documentary, tv show, film, YouTube, etc.) who serve as role models for girls and women with computing aspirations while disrupting the stereotypes of female ingenuity in technology fields.

The Reel WiT Award is presented by Google and NCWIT.

Congratulations to 2018 Reel WiT Award Winner Ariana Richards!

Ariana Richards is an internationally noted artist and actress, known especially for her role as “Lex” in Jurassic Park.

“It’s a Unix system; I know this.” ~Lex

This memorable quote from the classic kitchen scene from Jurassic Park (1993) — in which Lex hacks the computer system in order to lock a door, keeping out carnivorous raptors and preventing the remaining park inhabitants’ demise — has inspired countless kids (and probably some adults) to take up careers in science, programming, or computer graphics.

After Jurassic Park and several other notable films, she went on to Skidmore College to earn a BS in Fine Art and Drama, with distinction, and she continued with instruction at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Ariana possessed a love of traditional art at an early age, and art has long been a tradition in her family. Though Ariana paints works for occasional exhibitions, currently, she focuses on painting special pieces by commission for individuals.

We will honor the 2018 Reel WiT Award winner at the 2018 NCWIT Summit on Women and IT.

Past Reel WiT Award winners include Allison Schroeder, screenwriter of "Hidden Figures," as well as Rey of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens and CODEGIRL.