As mayor of Trondheim, Rita Ottervik was often present, or indeed herself also presenting technology prizes, and noticed that they nearly always were awarded to men. The Young Innovators Prize, given by the City of Trondheim, seeks to remedy this by focusing on young women innovators in the technology sector. Rita Ottervik has been Trondheim’s mayor for almost 16 years, and is running for election again now in 2019. She has been political advisor to the Prime Minister of Norway (1996-97) and has held a large number of organizational and political positions. She represents Det norske arbeiderparti.