Shortlist 2019

Start-Up Founder Award

Elodie Draperi

Give Vision

On a mission to transform the lives of millions of blind and visually impaired people! GiveVision develops medical devices to assist visually impaired people. Our latest prototype, SightPlus, is a Sight Enhancement Kit combining VR and AR to help partially sighted people to see better and achieve their every tasks easily and more independently.
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Sonu Bubna

Serial entrepreneur with established history of working in eCommerce. Passionate about advocating women entrepreneurship, particularly in Tech. Co Founder of a tool that combines crowd power & artificial intelligence to help thousands of shoppers save money on eCommerce stores. With over 35k+ global stores on the platform, is one of the fastest growing community driven couponing platforms.
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Victoria Masso

Behaviour Hackers

Founder and Managing Director of Behaviour Hackers. Behaviour Hackers helps current leaders have the skills to adapt and thrive in the current ecosystem where technology is making organisations be less hierarchical, more networked, more nimble and technology enabled. We do this by providing executive training to develop the skills needed to thrive in today’s fast-paced digitally transformed economy, having innovation at heart and using behavioural science for effective, long-lasting change.
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Apprentice Award

Alexandra Cleator


User Researcher and Accessibility Lead at Methods.
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Nina Ma


Associate in Technology Risk at PwC UK
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Shannon Lynch


Degree Apprentice at Jaguar Land Rover.
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Rising Star Award

Clare Streets

B13 Technology

In summer 2017, Clare Streets was desperate to find work – after being a stay-at-home mum for seven years, she spent July and August applying for jobs cleaning houses and hotels or doing online admin. A year later, after accessing 16 weeks of digital training through the School of Code, the mum of two from Kingswinford, Dudley is now an associate director at Birmingham digital firm B13 Technology. Since completing the Bootcamp, she has gone on to lead on diversity on Silicon Canal's Board, as well as help the WM Digital Skills Partnership board. Clare’s inspiring story led to her being invited to address the inaugural meeting of the West Midlands Digital Skills Partnership.
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Emily Lawton

REPL Group

Emily joined REPL as an Associate Software Engineer in October 2018. Emily works across multiple software projects on both REPL owned products and bespoke client work. Since REPL has such a wide range of clients, Emily has had the opportunity to work with the latest technology in big data, web application development and automated testing.
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Gabrielle Barthelemy


Gabrielle Barthelemy is SCC’s International Marketing Manager. Her role at SCC involves ensuring brand consistency across all the countries where SCC operates. She also implements best practice across SCC EMEA.
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Academic Award

Carolina Fuentes

University of Nottingham

Researcher at Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, University of Nottingham, exploring Human-Robot Interaction and Human-Computer Interaction as part of interdisciplinary projects.
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Jane Sinclair

University of Warwick

Associate Professor in Computer Science at University of Warwick.
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Paula Mendes

University of Birmingham

Paula Mendes is a Professor of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology in the School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK.
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Tech for Good Award

Cate Rae

Widgit Software

Cate Rae is Managing Director at Widgit Software. For over 30 years, Widgit Software has been a pioneer in developing software and materials to support people and help them realise their full potential, no matter what their age, ability or background. Widgit’s cutting-edge titles and unique Symbol Set are supporting more and more people with additional learning and communication needs, such as autism.
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Julie Robinson

Move It or Lose It ltd

Move it or Lose it began in 2010 when founder Julie Robinson produced a fitness DVD to help the older people attending her community exercise classes. Now the company has 5 award-winning DVDs, which are also streamable and has trained over 750 specialist instructors to teach classes in community and care settings.
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Pauline Roche

RnR Organisation

Pauline is a power networker for the #Tech4good community. RnR Organisation is a small #techforgood infrastructure social enterprise, supporting the use of tech for impact and social change including via publishing a monthly Digital WM News.
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Innovator Award

Julie Twynholm


PwC Horizon Scanning was an idea Julie conceived in June 2018. Following discussions with a number of her financial services clients, Julie identified a gap in the market and need for a solution which helped companies navigate the complexities around identifying regulatory changes and managing business transformation to ensure they maintain compliance. By technology enabling the delivery of this service, Julie has disrupted the way horizon scanning services are delivered to and consumed by her clients, making it faster, more collaborative and cost effective.
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Kari Lawler


Kari Lawler was accepted onto the Entrepreneurs for the Future (e4f) incubator at just 14 years old, where she became the youngest ever start-up, entrepreneur on the Innovation Birmingham campus. Now, at 16 years old and with the guidance and mentorship from Barclays Eagle Labs she is utilising this knowledge to help start-ups and SMEs understand and deploy AI within their businesses, through education, development and training.
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Melissa Snover


Melissa Snover is an award-winning entrepreneur who has founded and ran several successful businesses. She is a visionary and trendsetter in the food tech industry and has recently launched Nourished; an online subscription service delivering the world’s first truly personalised nutrition product using vegan and sugar free ingredients.
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Best Digital Lead Award

Lynda Gillson

Spica Technologies Ltd

Chief Product Officer at SPICA Technologies Ltd. She is an experienced technologist and product designer, focused on providing the best functionality and user experience. Lynda is Spica's Chief Product Officer - she has overall responsibility for translating the business' strategy into a set of repeatable solutions that span a number of technologies - IOT, cloud, BI/Analytics, and mobile, directing a team of product designers and software engineers.
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Mariam Amos

Mansfield District Council

Strategic Director at Mansfield District Council, Mariam has taken on the leadership of digital transformation across the organisation. Mansfield District Council serves the needs and delivers services to approximately 99,000 citizens. Small but no less ambitious for that, the Council has committed fully to using digital to innovate and improve the lives of local residents.
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Pat Crossley-Smith


Pat has worked with Methods since August 2017, initially as Delivery Director and now as the Executive Director of the Digital practice. Whilst current work has been providing services to the Public Sector, Pat has drawn on skills honed through assignments across the Private sector at both BA and BUPA where Pat was responsible for delivering high-profile global Digital Transformation Programmes, driving strategy and roadmaps to successful conclusion.
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Shining Star Award

Amandip Jheeta

Delivery Director at NTT DATA UK. An Experienced Information Technology Leader with a demonstrated history of managing projects/ portfolios and maximising benefits and returns. A results-oriented individual with a proven track record of delivering challenging projects on time to budget.

Genea Lynch

Exhibit Interactive Limited

Digital Director at Exhibit Interactive. We get people to interact with your product and brand in a captivating and memorable way. We specialise in Augmented/Virtual Reality, Multi-Touch, 360 Video & CAD Modelling.
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Jane Pagett


Jane joined JLR 2 years ago and was brought in as a Solution Lead to work with the other Solution Leads to shape the internal processes and improve the efficiency of the SAP Center of Excellence (CoE). Jane has been an important part of the SAP CoE leadership team to drive this team forward, working in a predominantly male environment, she has built a sold reputation as being a go to person.
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