London Tech Week Awards
At London Tech Week we have spent nearly a decade of connecting and celebrating the leaders in tech across the UK, and our Awards will celebrate the pioneering individuals and companies shaping technology and using it to accelerate positive change across the whole of the UK.
We look forward to receiving your nominations and lookforward to having you attend the awards ceremony during the virtual London Tech Week 20-24th September 2021 where we will announce our winners!
Voting is now live for 2021!
The shortlists for each category have been selected. Please take a look at this year's shortlist for each category and cast your vote!
The rules are simple:
- Please only vote once per category (duplicate votes will not be counted)
- Votes are anonymous. Please take time to read the categories to ensure you're nominating for the person or company you think most deserves to win.
- Spread the word with the hashtag #LTW
When voting close we will announce the winner at London Tech Week!
Outstanding Contribution to Digital Skills
This award recognises an organisation or individual who has worked tirelessly to upskill the nation by empowering young talent and/or the intersectionally diverse workforce to build a career in technology, upskill in their existing career and contributed to closing the digital skills gap!
Microsoft launched a five-year campaign, Get On 2021, to help 1.5 million people build careers in technology and help 300,000 connect to tech job opportunities. Bringing in other key partners and customers such as KPMG, Unilever, and DWP to help support this ambitious, but needed goal and initiative. Since launch, 536,000 people have undertaken technical skills training on their journey to re-skilling and up-skilling. 38,000 people have attended sessions as part of the Digital Skills Weeks events. Over 2m people in the UK have engaged with Microsoft’s Global Skills Initiative, designed to support people impacted by the pandemic by providing free digital and soft skills training.
IBM P-TECH connects employers, schools & HE providers to help less privileged 14-18yr olds be more work ready. The 4-yr prog provides mentors, work experience & HE learning. Globally P-TECH touches 8K students & 250 schools incl 6 schools in UKI with 550+ students. Expanding to West London in 2021.
mthree is the emerging talent and reskill training partner for public and private organizations across the globe. We bridge the skills gap in technology and other high-demand disciplines by connecting education to the working world. Led by industry, our Academy curriculum adapts to meet ever-changing requirements. We help build pipelines of diverse, custom-trained talent – complementing traditional hiring strategies like internal graduate programs and reactive recruitment.
Since 2011, Decoded has been on a mission to demystify and democratise technology. We work in partnership with global organisations, helping them to build the talent to unlock their true data potential and place data skills at the heart of their business.
Championing financial wellbeing for all, Blackbullion is the fintech company that partners with universities and colleges to deliver financial education and support to students. Partners include Imperial College London, LSE, UWE and UA92. March 2020 saw demand for student hardship funds sky-rocket, and at the same time, university support teams - transitioning to working from kitchen tables - were struggling with time-intensive and manual processes to deliver fragmented pots of financial support. Understanding the link between financial wellbeing and mental health at this critical time and responding to customer needs, Vivi led her team to launch Blackbullion’s Funds Management System (FMS). The first of its kind, the FMS provides a 100% digitised application process for students applying for hardship funds, loans and scholarships, and enables universities to deliver secure payments in seconds to students in need. Since launching in late 2020, the FMS has helped partners award over £2m to students with a 48 hour average application processing time. Blackbullion champions financial inclusivity, tackle student needs and underpin student wellbeing and attainment, while supporting university retention strategies.
Inspiring Leader of the Year Award
This award celebrates the outstanding achievements of all leaders (CxO or management level) in delivering exceptional leadership and going "above and beyond" to achieve a more inclusive digital world.
Poppy Gustafsson is the Chief Executive Officer of Darktrace plc. Under her leadership, the company has experienced significant growth and global expansion, with 5,000 customers and 1,500 employees worldwide. She was named Vodafone’s Woman of the Year for Technology and Innovation in 2020, Tech Businesswoman of the Year at the UK Tech Awards 2019 and won the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Awards 2019. Together with Darktrace CTO Jack Stockdale, Poppy was awarded an OBE for services to cyber security in 2019. She is a qualified chartered accountant, and holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Sheffield.
Hayden Wood is the co-founder and CEO of Bulb, the green energy company. In just over five years, Bulb has grown to 1.7 million members, 1,000 employees, and has expanded to France, Spain and Texas. Earlier this year, Bulb was named the fastest-growing company in Europe. Hayden also leads the Tech Zero taskforce, a group of innovative tech companies accelerating progress to net zero..
Precious is 27 years old but has worked tirelessly to support the build of Lendinvest's product, including doubling the product teams and playing a fundamental role in supporting the business to grow its revenue from £50m in 2018 to £118m in 2021. As a result, Precious is now the scaleup's Head of Product sitting on the company's leadership team, managing a team of 7 people and is being spotlighted in a special feature by Salesforce in July. Precious has also been shortlisted for the Women in FinTech awards 2021. What's more impressive is that Precious has achieved all of this whilst simultaneously building a careertech startup from scratch called CareerEar. CareerEar has now grown to a team of 11 and Precious manages a tech team of 4. She has built the CareerEar platform and seen membership grow by almost 200% in the last year alongside the company's growth in revenue. She is a highly skilled and influential leader whose non-traditional background has not stopped her from achieving greatness and she has so much more to give!
As Head of Applied Research and Development at Barclays, Edel Owen researches, incubates and experiments with new technologies for Barclays from cloud to AI to digital currencies. She is real inspirational leader who leads with examples and lead with genuine passion in technology and deep care into people. Edel is also Diversity& Inclusion Lead for Barclays Strategic Technology Centre and is passionate about inspiring and encouraging women in technology. Edel has made tremendous contribution in Barclays UK tech and digital portfolios through bring the expertise, energy and Innovation Mindset into every day work. She has delivered exceptional leadership and is going above and beyond to achieve a more inclusive digital world.
Amber's ability as an exceptional leader is underpinned by three key leadership qualities. Firstly, Amber creates and builds teams that have a positive social impact. Such as the international public sector account, which she has built from scratch; delivering international programmes focused on sustainability, social impact and using Deloitte's size and influence for good. Second, she is forward-thinking. Amber founded our digital network, pioneering innovation and digital skills development in a practice of over 400 people. Finally, she is amazing at focusing on every individual's personal learning and development, mental health, wellbeing and equality. She dedicates her time to coaching a wide range of team members, both in Deloitte, in her client teams and outside of work in her role as a mentor. She always puts her team's happiness and growth at the centre of everything she does. In summary, Amber is a driving force for good in Deloitte, and indeed for the profession of consulting as a whole. The future of our firm is purpose orientated, digital and inclusive. Amber is the embodiment of these three things. She is a leader for our future and exactly the type of person we want to empower to lead the future direction of our profession.
Tech for Impact Startup of the Year
This award recognises a Founder or startup that has accelerated the positive impact technology can have on the global ecosystem, and is tackling the most pressing challenges of today!
Healx combines frontier technology, patient insight, and world-leading drug discovery expertise to find novel mono- and combination therapies for some of the 95% of rare diseases without treatment. Their innovative approach means they can accelerate the pace, increase the scale and improve the chance of success of rare disease treatment development.
DrDoctor is the country’s leading patient engagement platform that saves patients and hospitals time, effort and money by helping patients digitally engage with their healthcare provider. Our platform makes an instant impact by shifting clinically-relevant patient interactions online. Our vision is a digital-first healthcare system and we’re already working with more than 30 Trusts and 10 million patients across the NHS, to ensure they get the care they need, when they need it. DrDoctor is on the forefront of digital healthcare for patient management.
In response to COVID-19 they rapidly rolled out products to help hospitals deal with the crisis, enabling them to battle misinformation about the virus, reaching 330,000 patients in the first few months of the crisis.
Babbu is the world's first digital nursery, an educational technology platform aimed at parents and carers of children 0-5 years. A business borne in a pandemic, where parental loneliness rocketed from 35% to 63% and the percentage of us who felt uncomfortable asking for help doubled. A time of desperation for parents that highlighted to the world the importance of early years education not just as a means of supporting parents in work, but as a vital part of a child's development. With Babbu, their digital ecosystem mirrors the supportive, educational environment of a physical nursery, but at a fraction of the cost. Their smart technology provides curated, age-appropriate activities and observational tools, to empower parents and bring the EYFS into every home. Babbu are striving to democratize early years education, so that all children are afforded the same opportunities, and in doing so, close the attainment gap both here in the UK and globally.
Crate to Plate
Crate to Plate is a London-based sustainable urban farming business bringing sustainable, local production of leafy greens to urban communities. Crate to Plate harnesses state-of-the-art hydroponics technology and eco-friendly innovation – to grow the freshest possible produce, totally chemical and pesticide free.
A combination of designers, chemists, engineers and entrepreneurs, Notpla make edible alternatives to plastic packaging. Their seaweed-based material Ooho biodegrades in 4-6 weeks, is used for sauces, sachets, drinks and cocktails and now provide water/grease proofing for cardboard takeaway boxes.
The InspiringFifty with accelerateHER
The InspiringFifty UK awards, hosted by accelerateHER, are now open for nominations to spotlight women excelling in technology careers across the UK and showcase 50 incredible trailblazing leaders. Entrants to the awards can come from any career sector or job function.
InspiringFifty is a programme by accelerateHER that aims to increase diversity in tech by making women role models more visible. accelerateHER is a global network and event series which exists to re-balance gender in the technology sector to secure women, and all who identify as such, an inclusive future across all business.
You can nominate people in your network, or yourself, and entries will close on 2nd July 2021.
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