Women in technology celebrated at national awards

14 March 2019

The winners of a national awards which celebrated women in technology, have been announced.

The 2019 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards, in association with The Tech She Can Charter, celebrated 50 of the most talented individuals in the tech industry, both in the UK and beyond.

These included the founder of a business helping engineers perform complex inspections using drones; a young chief executive who created an app at the age of 16 to teach thousands of children how to code; and a leader whose innovation helped drive over £500million in global revenue.

Aside from category winners announced on the night, the overall Woman of the Year was Felicia Meyerowitz Singh, chief executive and founder of Akoni, from London.

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 her to build Akoni – a digital cash management tool, specifically for smaller businesses, investors and charities.

On behalf of the judging panel, Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of everywoman, said: “This year showcased yet another selection of talented individuals from all around the world, across different sectors and from all walks of life.

“Their phenomenal achievements within the technology industry make us proud to announce them as everywoman ambassadors.”

The 2019 FDM everywoman in Technology award winners are:

One to Watch Award – sponsored by Computacenter

Leslie Sarango Romero, Student at Harris Academy Bermondsey, from London.

Apprentice Award – sponsored by Dell Technologies

Tiffany Cooksley, Software Engineer at CGI.

Rising Star Award - sponsored by T-Systems

Mahek Vara, Founder and CEO of Code Camp.

Digital Star Award - sponsored by CGI

Esther Kieft, Former Product Owner at Lloyds Banking Group.

Software Engineer Award - sponsored by NatWest

Pae Natwilai, CEO and Founder of Trik.

Academic Award - sponsored by Lloyds Banking

Apala Majumdar, Reader at The University of Bath, and OCIAM Visiting Fellow, University of Oxford.

Team Leader Award - sponsored by American Express

Sally Bogg, Head of Service Management at Leeds Beckett Universit.

Entrepreneur Award – sponsored by IBM iX

Joanne Smith, CEO and Founder of Recordsure.

Innovator Award – sponsored by Equiniti

Maureen Biney, Software Engineer at American Express.

Leader Award - sponsored by BP

Amy Chalfen, Global Service & Delivery Director at Experian.

International Inspiration Award

 Mujde Esin, Founder of KizCode.

Male Agent of Change Award - sponsored by VMware

Jim Bichard, UK Insurance Leader at PwC UK.

Pictured: The award winners at the 2019 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards.

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