Hedy Lamarr Awards for Women in Entertainment & Technology

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Hedy Lamarr Awards for Women in Entertainment & Technology

In the spirit of knowledge sharing and inspiration for all women in the business of home entertainment, DEG has created the Hedy Lamarr Awards to recognize and inspire pioneeringwork by the multi-faceted female leaders in our industry today.

Austrian-American actress Hedy Lamarr was a Hollywood legend who is best known for her roles in many film classics, including Samson and DelilahThe Strange Woman, and Tortilla Flat.  She was also a lifelong inventor whose work included pioneering “frequency hopping,” which became the foundation for spread spectruym technology. Conceived by Lamarra and composer George Antheil for radio guidance systems and patented in 1942, this highly secure technology resists interference and dropout, and is utilized today for a variety of cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth applications.

Hedy Lamarr

DEG presented its first “Hedy Lamarr Award for Innovation in Entertainment Technology” in 2017 to Academy Award winning actor and advocate Geena Davis, Founder and Chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.  The following year, DEG presented Nonny de la Peña, CEO Emblematic Group, with the award. DEG created the Innovation Award to recognize female executives in the fields of entertainment and technology who have made a significant contribution to the industry.

DEG also presents annually the “Hedy Lamarr Achievement Award for Emerging Leaders in Entertainment Technology,” which recognizes female college students in their junior year whose studies in the fields of entertainment and technology have shown exceptional promise.  The first Emerging Leader award was presented to Johanna Baumann of the University of Michigan in 2017. Cassidy Pearsall of Carnegie Mellon University received the award in 2018.

To determine the award winners, the DEG has enlisted a distinguished Judging Panel comprised of a cross-section of leaders representing the entertainment, technology, academic, IT and consumer electronics industries. Among other factors, the Judging Panel will base their decision on the candidate’s embodiment of the following principles: Innovation, Engagement, Excellence, and Leadership.

2019 Hedy Lamarr Award winners will be announced soon.

Geena Davis

Nonny de la Peña

Nonny de la Peña




For information on sponsoring the 2019 Hedy Lamarr Awards, please contact Andi Elliott (andi@degonline.org).

Photo Caption (left)
(l. to r.) Hedy Lamarr’s son Anthony Loder , Cheryl Goodman of Sony Electronics, DEG’s Amy Jo Smith, student winner Cassidy Pearsall of Carnegie Mellon University, executive winner Nonny de la Peña of Emblematic Group and Ed Ulbrich of Method Studios, at the Hedy Lamarr Awards presentation November 1 in Santa Monica, Calif.