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2019 FDM everywoman in Tech Awards

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ACHIEVE. ELEVATE. INSPIRE

 

 

Nominations for the 2019 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards have now closed. Keep an eye on our page and our social media channels using @everywomanUK and #ewTechAwards to find out who we announce as our finalists!

The annual Awards programme uncovers and celebrates the most inspirational women working within STEM industries, demonstrating the vast range of career opportunities that the sector has to offer for women.

Supported by Tech She Can this year's programme is looking to “Achieve, Elevate and Inspire”, the search has begun to find the tech industry’s most exceptional talent, from the UK and beyond.

 

CATEGORIES

 

 

who is it for?

Supported by the most forward-thinking brands, which are committed to celebrating the skills, innovation and leadership of women, our women in tech awards champion and celebrate women who are achieving career success and the companies that are supporting them to do so. Entrants can be at any stage of their career, including young students or apprentices passionate about the future of technology and high-flying senior women well established on the career ladder. Discover the categories.

 

why nominate?

The FDM everywoman in technology awards are free to enter and past winners and finalists, ranging from rising stars to entrepreneurs to senior corporate leaders, go on to become ambassadors for women working in the technology sector, ultimately encouraging more women and young girls to consider a career in this innovative and fast-moving sector.

 

Key dates

Nominations Open: 6 August 2018

Nominations Close: 1 October 2018 - EXTENDED TO 15 OCTOBER - now closed 

Judging Day: 16 January 2019

Awards Ceremony: 6 March 2019

When and where
Date: 
6th March 2019
Start time: 
6:45PM
End time: 
12:00AM
London Hilton on Park Lane
22 Park Ln
W1K 1BE Mayfair, London
United Kingdom
GB
Categories
categories

2019 FDM everywoman in Technology Award categories 

 

  • Academic Award - sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group
    This is awarded to a woman in academia who has made an outstanding contribution to technology and science and whose work has made or has the potential to make a significant long-term impact in STEM. This could include using technology to enhance and support research and teaching, achieving technological breakthroughs or leveraging one’s position to significantly encourage more talent into stem subjects.
     
  • One to Watch Award - sponsored by Computacenter
    This is awarded to a girl aged 11-18 who is actively encouraging girls to study STEM subjects at school-level or making waves in the tech space. This award seeks to identify young game-changers and is open to inspirational students
     
  • Apprentice Award - sponsored by Dell Technologies
    This is awarded to a young woman apprentice who is a game-changer and is excelling in her early career.
     
  • Rising Star Award - sponsored by T-Systems
    This is awarded to a woman aged 26 or under who is excelling in her technology career, making a valuable contribution to her organisation.
     
  • Digital Star - sponsored by CGI
    This is awarded to a woman who is excelling in a digital role. This could include innovative digital content, social media, web development or developing online solutions.
     
  • Software Engineer Award - sponsored by NatWest
    Awarded to a woman who has made a significant difference to the art of software engineering. She has built something new, shifted the art of the possible and is moving the profession forward.
     
  • Team Leader Award - sponsored by American Express
    This is awarded to a woman whose team leadership has greatly contributed to the organisation’s success. She is leading a team of up to 100 employees.
     
  • Entrepreneur Award
    This is awarded to an owner/operator of a technology business whose vision and talent will inspire others to start their own technology-related venture (trading for a minimum of 24 months)
     
  • Innovator Award - sponsored by Equiniti
    This is awarded to a woman designing, developing, researching, implementing or being exceptionally creative with technology in an unconventional and innovative way.
     
  • Leader Award - sponsored by BP
    This will be awarded to the woman operating in a senior technology role within her organisation. She will be making a contribution to the strategic direction of the business. She is leading a team of over 100 employees.
     
  • International Inspiration Award - sponsored by IBM iX
    This is awarded to an individual, male or female, for their active commitment to encouraging, advancing, sponsoring or championing the progress of women working in technology. They are based outside of the UK.
     
  • Male Agent of Change Award - sponsored by VMware
    This is awarded to a male agent of change for their active commitment to encouraging, advancing, sponsoring or championing the progress of women working in technology.

 

 

 

Judges
Judges
Tunji Akintokun

Tunji Akintokun MBE

Senior Vice President, NSC Global
Sheridan Ash

Sheridan Ash

Technology Innovation, and Women in Technology Leader, at PwC UK
Nabila Aydin

Nabila Aydin

Global Marketing Director at FDM Group
Lizee Butler

Lizee Butler

Senior HR Business Partner, Computacenter

Jacqueline de Rojas CBE

President, techUK

Alison Dodd

Managing Director at T-Systems Ltd,
Jodi Ferrer

Jodi Ferrer

VP UK&I, VMware UK and Ireland
Sheila Flavell

Sheila Flavell

Chief Operating Officer, FDM
Rebecca Grattan

Rebecca Grattan

Chief People & Transformation Officer, Equiniti
Lindsey Griffiths

Lindsey Griffiths

Head of Technology Adoption at BP
Lyn Grobler

Lyn Grobler

CIO, Hyperion Insurance Group
Vanessa Hackett

Vanessa Hackett

Vice President, Loyalty & Benefits Platform, American Express
Jayne Kennington-Arnold

Jayne Kennington-Arnold

VPC, End User Services, CGI
Audrey Mandela

Audrey Mandela

Co-founder, Multimap. Acting COO, Informito
Emma McGuigan

Emma McGuigan

Group Technology Officer - Communications, Media & Technology, Accenture
Declan O'Gorman

Declan O'Gorman

Head of Digital & Engineering Services, Royal Bank of Scotland
Elizabeth Varley

Elizabeth Varley

Co-Founder & CEO at TechHub
Debbie Vavangas

Debbie Vavangas

Digital Strategy & iX Lead, IBM iX
Jacky Wright

Jacky Wright

Chief Digital & Information Officer, HMRC
Gill Wylie

Gill Wylie

Enterprise Transformation, Lloyds Banking Group
Partners & sponsors
Partners & Sponsors

TITLE PARTNER

The FDM everywoman in Technology Awards showcase the endless opportunities on offer to those interested in a career in the technology sector. The Awards support inspirational role models who are enjoying a successful career in IT and serve to actively encourage and celebrate their achievements in a bid to create gender parity in the industry. FDM and everywoman share a commitment to enabling

 

in association with

 

The Tech She Can Charter has been founded with the aim of improving the gender balance in technology roles in the UK. The Charter signatories recognise that this is an important society problem that can only be solved by taking coordinated action to improve the pipeline of females looking to pursue a career in technology. 

www.pwc.co.uk/techshecan

 

CATEGORY SPONSOR - Team Leader Award

American Express is proud to sponsor the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards.

We strive to be an essential part of our customers’ digital lives, by bringing continuous innovation to our existing offerings, and developing new products and services to meet the emerging needs of customers. Technology drives everything we do, and a diverse workforce is critical to our success. We share your commitment to attract, develop and retain women at all levels.

 

category sponsor - Leader Award

BP is delighted to sponsor the Leader Award. At BP we believe in acknowledging, valuing and leveraging our similarities - and our differences - for business success. Diversity and Inclusion is important to our business and we are committed to creating a work environment where everyone is treated fairly, with dignity and respect and without discrimination. A diverse and inclusive workplace allows our employees to reach their full potential and deliver their best performance.

 

category sponsor - Digital Star Award

CGI is delighted to once again sponsor the Digital Star award. We created this award with everywoman to shine a light on the rising importance of digital innovators and leaders in technology. As a global IT and business process services provider, CGI understands the power of diverse teams and what they can achieve for our business and clients. As such we champion building a diverse talent pipeline and role modelling the exceptional female talent we have, at all levels of our industry in the UK. Diversity enables innovation and we look forward to seeing the innovations this year’s finalists have driven for their organisations.

 

category sponsor - One to Watch Award

Computacenter is proud to sponsor this year’s FDM everywoman in Technology Awards, helping to flood light onto the wealth of talented girls and women that can inspire us all within the technology industry.

There are still challenges in attracting women to STEM careers, but there are great opportunities at Computacenter and across the industry for women to learn, develop, educate and lead. These awards play a vital role in promoting the role models that are paving the way for others.

Our industry thrives on creativity and innovation, and we are passionate about recognising and enabling women to bring new ideas that can challenge us and push us to be better and do better. The girls and young women who are in education today will shape the future of our industry; that’s why we’re sponsoring the ‘one to watch’ award.

 

category sponsor - Apprentice Award

 

 

category sponsor - Innovator Award

Equiniti keeps things running smoothly for some of the world's best known brands and public sector organisations. Our activities are often mission-critical to our clients but not core to their organisations. By taking care of these services, we free them to focus on what matters most.

We also provide services to millions of individuals, helping them manage their company benefits and putting them in control of their shares and pensions like never before.

 

category sponsor - International Inspiration Award

 

 

category sponsor - Academic Award

 

 

category sponsor - Software Engineer Award

We are delighted to be sponsoring the ‘Software Engineer’ category for the 2019 FDM everywoman Awards. Alongside a wide range of banking services, NatWest offers businesses specialist sector knowledge in areas such as manufacturing and technology, as well as access to specialist entrepreneurial support. As an organisation NatWest values and promotes inclusion in all areas of recruitment and employment.  Software engineering is an area in which we are keen to see more women feature, so we are thrilled to be part of these awards and to be able to highlight and support the fantastic new talent coming through.

 

category sponsor - Rising Star Award

We are delighted to support the Rising Star Award and would like to encourage young women working in the technology world to nominate themselves. At T-Systems we actively encourage young people to think about future careers as IT professionals and through the Modern Muse initiative we have engaged with young girls, providing role models within the industry. Diversity is an integral part of our business strategy and we are dedicated to supporting female talent within our business. We are proud to partner with everywoman in sponsoring this Award. Together, we are supporting women in technology and business for today and tomorrow.

 

category sponsor - Male Agent of Change Award

As a company that prides itself on a diverse & inclusive culture, VMware is committed to supporting initiatives that are dedicated to celebrating the importance of women in technology. We empower our employees regardless of gender and recognise the vital role a balanced gender workforce plays in nurturing a successful business. VMware is once again proud to be supporting the FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards. This is a great opportunity to showcase and highlight the positive impact that women have within our industry.
 

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Media partnerS

 

 

Gigabit is a very proud partner to the 2019 FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards. We champion any initiative that encourages and empowers women in tech.

 

Distribution partners

 

Special Thanks

 
 
 

 

WANT TO GET MORE INVOLVED?

Supported by the most forward-thinking brands committed to celebrating the skills, innovation and leadership of women in tech, the Awards champion and celebrate women who are achieving career success and the companies that are supporting them to do so.

The awards are also an excellent opportunity to engage clients and motivate teams in an inspiring setting. To find out more about corporate hospitality or how your company can get involved with the awards contact seema@everywoman.com

Winners
Winners
Woman of the Year Award

Awarded to a woman in academia who has made an outstanding contribution to technology and science and whose work has made or has the potential to make a significant long-term impact in STEM.

 

Felicia Meyerowitz Singh

 

 

 

Winner

Felicia Meyerowitz Singh, CEO, Akoni

On setting up her own finance business in India, Felicia identified a lack of resources available to SMEs and that banks didn't offer decent interest rates to small businesses. This inspired Akoni – a digital cash management tool, specifically for smaller businesses, investors and charities. Felicia is dedicated to gender diversity in finance and technology, which is why she founded a “Female Founder” group offering mentorship to young female entrepreneurs and dedicates her time to promoting gender equality. Her passion for helping small businesses thrive and succeed is what made her truly stand out to the judging panel.

Academic Award – sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group

Awarded to a woman in academia who has made an outstanding contribution to technology and science and whose work has made or has the potential to make a significant long-term impact in STEM.

Apala Majumdar

 

 

Winner

Dr Apala Majumdar, Reader in Applied Mathematics at the University of Bath, OCIAM Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford and member of Advanced Studies Centre, Keble College, from Bath, who was promoted to "Readership" in 2013 - a permanent position with research, teaching and leadership responsibilities. She specialises in Liquid Crystals and has published over 40 papers to date. Apala inspires female researchers globally through mentorship and female-empowerment events

 

 

Runners up

Dr Adelina Ilie, Reader in Nanoscience, University of Bath

Shakira Asghar, Head of Design and Technology, Ashlawn School

The One to Watch Award – sponsored by Computacenter

Awarded to a girl aged 11-18 who is actively encouraging girls to study STEM subjects at school-level.

Leslie Sarango Romero

Winner

Leslie Sarango Romero, Student, Harris Academy Bermondsey, from London, who created a virtual reality game called Eduscape that can be downloaded as an app, and helps teens develop their interest in mathematics

Runners up

Aoibheann Mangan, Student, Mt St Michael Secondary school

Laurelin Chase, Student, Clacton County High School

Avye Couloute, Student, Bishop Gilpin

 

The Apprentice Award

Awarded to a young woman apprentice who is a game-changer and is excelling in her early career.

Tiffany Cooksley

Winner

Tiffany Cooksley, Software Engineer, CGI, from Gloucester, who played a significant role in ensuring one of the highest client satisfaction scores of 9.8/10 at CGI and has been promoted three career grades in just four years.

Runners up

Emily Tomlinson, Trainee IS Security Coordinator, Northumbrian Water

Chloe O'Shea, Technology Consulting Brightstart, Deloitte

 

Rising Star Award - sponsored by T-Systems

Awarded to a woman aged under 26 who is excelling in her technology career, making a valuable contribution to her organisation.

Mahek Vara

 

Winner

Mahek Vara, Founder and CEO of Code Camp, from Harrow, who founded the charity when she was just 16 years old and studying for A-Levels. Code Camp provides children from all walks of life with the opportunity to learn how to code. Now 18, she has already helped teach more than 70,000 children in India, alone, how to code

Runners up

Tasha Morrison, Solution Architect Graduate, Whitbread

Clare McKeever, Software Engineer, PwC

 

 

Digital Star Award - sponsored by CGI

Awarded to a woman who is excelling in a digital role. This could include innovative digital content, social media, web development or developing online solutions.

Esther Kieft

 

Winner

Esther Kieft, Former Product Owner at Lloyds Banking Group, from London, who completed the graduate scheme as a top performer after having delivered impressive strategic digital initiatives. She is now responsible for designing the mobile and tablet banking experience for over 10 million mobile users.

Runners up

Monique Ho, Innovation Exchange Lead, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Melissa Dunn, Head of Digital Product Development, Sainsbury's Argos

Kar Lok Chan, Technical Architecture Manager, Accenture

Samantha Charles, Director, Float Digital

Rebecca Ellul, Head of Strategy & Business Development, Digital & Tech Policy, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

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Software Engineer Award – sponsored by NATWEST

Awarded to a woman who has made a significant difference to the art of software engineering and has built something new, shifted the art of the possible and is moving the profession forward.

Pae Natwilai

 

Winner

Pae Natwilai, CEO and Founder of Trik, from London, who designed software to help engineers inspect large structures using drones, by turning photos into 3D models. Throughout her career, Pae has also become a vocal advocate for programmes that support women in tech.

 

Runners up

Hannah Bird, Senior Squad Manager (Platform Engineering), Lloyds Banking Group

Nelly Kiboi, Software Engineer, American Express

Nadine O'Hagan, Senior Software Engineer, PwC

 

Team Leader Award - sponsored by American Express 

Awarded to a woman whose team leadership has greatly contributed to the organisation’s success and is leading a team of up to 100 employees.

Sally Bogg

 

Winner

Sally Bogg, Head of Service Management at Leeds Beckett University, from Leeds, who left school at the age of 17, before returning to education as a mature student at the age of 25, with three young children. As the first of her family to attend university, she inspired her children and husband into further education. She now leads the university’s Unified Service Delivery Model, which delivers support services to 2,900 staff members and 28,000 students, as well as leading the Student Women in Leadership initiative.

Runners up

Edel Owen, CTO BUK Ventures, Barclays Bank

Janine Hughes-Griffiths, Director of Service, CGI

Ranjeet Ruprai, Technical Team Lead, Experian

Jasleen Budhiraja, Assistant Consultant, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd

Shilpa Shah, Director Technology Consulting, Women in Technology Lead, Deloitte MCS

 

Entrepreneur Award - sponsored by IBM iX

Awarded to an owner/operator of a technology business whose vision and talent will inspire others to start their own technology-related venture (over 24 months old)

Joanne Smith

 

Winner

Joanne Smith, CEO and Founder of Recordsure, from London, who left the comfort of an international corporate job and, despite having little technology expertise, founded Recordsure. The business now helps institutions collect and review the thousands of customer conversations that take place daily, to increase customer care and transparency.

 

Runners up

Colleen Wong, Founder, Techsixtyfour

Kim Nilsson, CEO, PIVIGO

Helen Mitchell, Co-Founder, Blukudu Ltd

 

Innovator Award - sponsored by Equiniti 

Awarded to a woman designing, developing, researching, implementing or being exceptionally creative with technology in an unconventional and innovative way.

Maureen Biney

 

Winner

Maureen Biney, Software Engineer at American Express, from Burgess Hill, who is inspiring the next generation of female developers. She supports coding clubs at schools, and the CODE GIRLS program in West Sussex. Maureen helped improve healthcare in Ghana by developing a system which stores life-saving patient information and is now implemented at four hospitals.

Runners up

McCall Dorr, Innovation Strategy Director, Experian

Megha Prakash, Co-Founder & CEO, Earthmiles (GMS Partners Ltd)

 

Leader Award - sponsored by BP 

Awarded to the woman operating in a senior technology role within her organisation, leading over 100 employees and making a contribution to the strategic direction of the business.

Amy Chalfen

 

Winner

Amy Chalfen, Global Service & Delivery Director at Experian, from Penn. She leads a team that ensures successful software implementation for the world's largest financial institutions, insurance providers, and telecom companies. Since joining, Amy has helped the Decision Analytics sector of the business achieve 12% growth and $700million in global revenues.

 

Runners up

Angela Maragopoulou, Global Head of IOT / UCC Operations, Vodafone Group Services Limited

Deborah O'Neill, Partner, Oliver Wyman

Ana Perez, Senior Director, Consulting, Oracle

Marianne Breen-Hart, Program & Project Mgmt Associate Director, Accenture

Sharon Moore MBE, CTO for Government, IBM

 

Male Agent of Change Award - sponsored by VMware 

Awarded to a male agent of change for their active commitment to encouraging, advancing, sponsoring or championing the progress of women working in technology.

Jim Bichard

 

WInner

Jim Bichard, Partner, UK Insurance Leader at PwC UK, from London. He introduced key diversity initiatives to empower colleagues, including the “Back to Business” programme for returning mothers and the Women in Technology initiative. He also leads mentoring programmes aimed at helping high-potential female talent progress into senior roles

Runners up

Phillip Neal, Digital Workplace Director, BP

Jonathan Pritchard, Reader in Astrostatistics, Imperial College London

Phill Wallace, Managing Director, Oracle Business Group

 

International Inspiration Award

Awarded to an individual based outside of the UK, male or female, for their active commitment to encouraging, advancing, sponsoring or championing the progress of women working in technology.

Mujde Esin

 

Winner

Mujde Esin, Founder and Director of KizCode - a Social Enterprise which empowers young women in underprivileged communities through education technology and coding workshops. Since the platform was established in 2016, it has taught coding and technical skills to over 5000 girls and young women.

Runners up

Adriana Bianca, Biofuels CIO and Ethics and Compliance Leader, BP

Jessie Haugh, Head of Research and Development, The Ablegamers Charity

 

 

 

Past winners
Past winners

The 2018 Woman of the Year

Dr. Marily Nika

Dr. Marily Nika, Engineering Program Manager at Google, based in San Francisco. Marily’s contribution to the UK technology industry is invaluable. She pursued a PhD in Computer Science at Imperial College London, where she founded the first Women in Computing Group. She also founded London Geekettes, a global platform connecting over 2,000 female innovators in technology and has personally mentored over 1,000 women. Her work at Google impacts millions of people, launching voice recognition technologies across all European, Middle Eastern and African languages.

 

 

The 2018 category winners are:

Academic Award – sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group

Jeni Brown

Jeni Brown, Training Manager, London School of Economics and Political Science, from London. She has contributed greatly to LSE's goal of creating globally employable graduates through an innovative IT training programme. Last year saw a 300% increase in attendance in just two years, making it one of the most successful programmes throughout the entire university.

Runners-up
  • Geraldine Murphy, Head of Teaching and Learning, London School of Business and Management, from Leicester
  • Steph Scott, Physics Teacher, Newcastle High School for Girls, from Newcastle Upon Tyne

 

One to Watch Award – sponsored by Computacenter

Katie Griffiths

Katie Griffiths, Student, King Edward VI School, from Stratford-Upon-Avon. 17-year-old Katie created the “I’m Okay” app for teenagers questioning their sexuality and gender. From reading stories about people with similar experiences to understanding LGBT terminology, Katie hopes to remind young people that they are not alone.

Runners-up
  • Anna Ionescu, Anglo European School, from Brentwood, Essex
  • Jess Scott, Newcastle High School for Girls, from Newcastle Upon Tyne

 

Apprentice Award - sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Sophie Caffrey

Sophie Caffrey, Technical Apprentice, Leonardo, from Luton, was inspired to pursue engineering after visiting her first-ever Apprentice Open Day at Leonardo. Sophie’s first complete project as an apprentice – designing a Printed Circuit Board – has since been used on every global trial of this product in 2017.

Runners-up
  • Marie Foster, Junior ALM Tools Engineer, BP Plc, from London
  • Shannon Lynch, Chassis Engineering Degree Apprentice, Jaguar Land Rover, from Coventry

 

Rising Star Award - sponsored by T-Systems

Kimberly Norris

Kimberley Norris, Senior Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin & Pilot Officer, RAF Air Cadets, from Portsmouth. At the Royal Navy Maritime Capability Office, she has worked on some of the most challenging programmes including unmanned technology and has led various out-of-work activities devoted to the advancement of women in technology. Kim is also a Pilot Officer with the RAF Air Cadets, volunteering as a STEM ambassador across multiple Squadrons.

Runners-up
  • Katharine Burton, Assistant Vice President; Analyst Programmer, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, from London
  • Harley Reiss Slaven, Test Engineering Manager – Global Test Support, Rolls-Royce, from Glasgow

 

Digital Star Award - sponsored by CGI

Carrie-Anne Philbin

Carrie Anne Philbin, Director of Education, Raspberry Pi Foundation, from Cambridge. Raspberry Pi is a high-powered computer designed to help young people all over the world learn computer science. Through her Picademy educator support programme, she has helped train over 2,000 educators and 12,000 adults and encourages teenage girls to embrace making things with technology through her YouTube channels “Crash Courseand The Geek Gurl Diaries”.

Runners-up
  • Saija Mahon, Founder CEO, Mahon Digital Marketing, from London
  • Emily Walters, Head of Digital Experience, Sopra Steria, from Edinburgh

 

Software Engineer Award – sponsored by NatWest

Kirsty Tidmarsh

Kirsty Tidmarsh, Senior Software Engineer, Department for Work and Pensions, from Widnes, who played a key role in enhancing coding standards throughout her entire practice and was central to introducing an integrated telephony platform, saving on considerable supplier costs. Outside work, she created the “Women in Software Engineering Community” dedicated to mentorship and volunteers at “Code Club” – a nationwide network of free after-school coding clubs for children.

Runners-up
  • Shilpa Arora, Senior Engineer, American Express, from West Sussex
  • Rosie Lickorish, Software Engineer, IBM UK Ltd, from Southampton

 

Team Leader Award - sponsored by American Express

Tanja Lichtensteiger

Tanja Lichtensteiger, Business Systems Development Manager, Leeds Beckett University, from Leeds. With 17 years’ experience building systems, Tanja is a natural problem-solver with a clear passion for her team and technology, demonstrated through her determination to secure funding for their training and development. Described as a natural leader, Tanja proactively addresses the gender imbalance in senior management in higher education giving talks for Code First, encouraging girls to pursue IT careers.  

Runners-up
  • Mandy Loadman, Change & IT Programme Manager, Aviva, from Norwich
  • Nicola Ryan, Director, Global Virtual Sales and Customer Success, Cisco, from London

 

Start-up Founder Award

Gemma Milne

Gemma Milne, Co-Founder, Science: Disrupt, from London. Science: Disrupt is the only media outlet focused on science entrepreneurship, which is not linked to another institution, meaning it can be completely unbiased. It produces podcasts, events and editorial, bringing together over 600 academics, entrepreneurs, scientists and Nobel Prize winners. Through Science: Disrupt, Gemma gives women access to role models within the industry.

Runners-up
  • Kiran Bhagotra, CEO & Founder, ProtectBox , from Belfast
  • Louise Doherty, CEO, PlanSnap, from London

 

Entrepreneur Award – sponsored by Fujitsu

Georgina Nelson

Georgina Nelson, CEO & Founder, TruRating, from London. Georgina began her career as a consumer rights lawyer, before spotting a gap in the market for reliable customer ratings. Georgina’s success in bringing TruRating to market in a traditionally male-dominated technology industry is truly impressive. Starting with no knowledge of the technology involved, whilst on maternity leave, she built the world’s first mass point-of-payment consumer rating system.

Runners-up
  • Jill Hodges, CEO & Founder, Fire Tech Camp, from London
  • Mary O' Brien, CEO & Co-Founder, VideoDoc, from London
 
Innovator Award - sponsored by Equiniti

Amanda Adams

Amanda Adams, Cryptography Architect, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, from Chester, who uses her world-class technical ability to protect the bank’s security. She shares eight patents inclusive of variations within the cryptographic space and has written numerous posts tackling complex technical subjects in an accessible language. Outside work, she is a mentor for CoderDojo, which delivers free lessons on coding to children and teenagers.

Runners-up
  • Julie Bretland, CEO & Founder, Our Mobile Health, from London
  • Pip Wilson, CEO, Amicable, from London

 

Leader Award - sponsored by BP

Debbie Vavangas, iX Executive Partner, IBM, from London, who is now an executive partner in an environment where the ratio is 5:1 in favour of men.  Debbie joined IBM as a graduate in 1997 and has since set the example for others, innovating and blazing a trail in ideation, experience and technology. In a single year, her team has built 15 new products, 16 clickable prototypes and scaled 3 products globally.

Runners-up
  • Rachel Murphy, in her role as Digital Delivery Director, NHS Digital, London 
  • Shobana Rajamani, Director, Quality Engineering and Assurance Practise, Cognizant Technology Solutions, from London

 

Male Agent of Change Award - sponsored by VMware

Russ Shaw

Russ Shaw, Founder, Tech London Advocates & Global Tech Advocates, from London.  Tech London Advocates is now an unrivalled community of over 5,000 leaders, united to form the most influential group in tech.  Russ affects change through working groups, which tackle topics of the industry such as immigration, women in tech and LGBT concerns. He is part of the recently launched Digital Skills Partnership, championing a stronger female talent pipeline and development opportunities.

Runners-up
  • Freddie Norton, Acting Head of Fellowship and Experts, Apps for Good, from London
  • Dr. Will Whittow, Senior Lecturer, Loughborough University, from Loughborough

 

International Inspiration Award - sponsored by Aviva

Gayathri Mohan

Gayathri Mohan, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Sopra Steria, from Chennai, India.  Gayathri is Managing Trustee of Sopra Steria India Foundation which now supports over 75,000 children a year, predominantly from poor backgrounds with limited IT education options. Her Sopra Steria India Foundation Graduate Scholarship Scheme has seen 463 students graduate including 193 engineers and three doctors.

Runners-up
  • Thierry Delaporte, Chief Operating Officer & SE Executive Corporate Officer, Capgemini, from Paris, France
  • Dr. Marily Nika, Engineering Program Manager, Google, from San Francisco, USA