The first ever Top Women in Welsh Technology – an awards ceremony crowning the women driving the digital industry in Wales – has been announced at Digital Festival in Cardiff.
With just 15% of the people working in STEM roles across the UK female and only 5% of leadership positions in the tech industry held by women, Innovation Point, organisers of the festival, believes sharing the stories of female’s leading the way will inspire others to follow.
The announcement comes as over 2,000 delegates attend the sixth annual Digital Festival, organised by Innovation Point in partnership with Welsh Government, to hear tech leaders from Silicon Valley, Paris, London, Africa, India, Berlin, Brussels and Barcelona tackle tomorrow’s big issues taking in mega-trends like AI, VR, IoT, GDPR, blockchain and big data, looking at how they affect day-to-day lives as we live, work and play.
One of these inspirational women is Dr Elin Haf Davies, who has close to twenty years’ experience working to develop new and emerging drug treatments for rare diseases in children.
Based on her experience, and the need to improve the drug development pathway, Elin co-founded aparito, a digital health company providing remote patient monitoring in real time from their base in Bala.
Elin said: “In health tech, only 11% of people at the top are women, which is disproportionate to the fact that women are more likely to be caregivers or need care during pregnancy and motherhood.
“A lot needs to be done, therefore. Bringing women together to share ideas and to support each other is one of the best ways to start addressing this. It is a huge honour to be shortlisted and I’m grateful to the Digital Festival for specifically highlighting women in the tech industry.”
After being made redundant from her teaching career, Gemma Hallett, from Beddau, near Pontypridd, used her pay-out to self-fund miFuture.
The app brings opportunities to the hands of young people meaning they can find and apply for jobs, courses, and volunteering in a swipe.
Following a successful pilot, she is now to taking her app nationwide with a clear mission of 'mobilising generation Z towards employability and prosperity'.
Gemma said: “Initially I envisaged the solution to be yet another website with a range of functions, but it turned out that is exactly what young people didn't want.
“I've facilitated conversations with over 2000 Gen Z'ers and our developers, a conversation and approach that had not been done before.
“The result is an app that brings personalised career matches right into the hand and world of Gen Z, to engage and create a decision in that crucial 10 second engagement window.
“I've been working in this space for the past three years and have recently seen a real shift and momentum in support for women in the digital world, not only celebrating successes of those who have 'made it' but championing us who are in the early stages.
“The ecosystem is the strongest I've seen it and women with influence are empowering and supporting others, this has been evident in the lead up to this Digital Festival and long may it continue.
“We know that the environment must build on this and support those who are coming with and behind us.”
The Top Women in Welsh Technology includes:
Aimee Bateman, CEO and founder, Careercake.com
Gemma Hallet, founder, miFuture
Rachel Clacher, co-founder, Moneypenny
Victoria Norman, CEO and Founder, Signum Health
Dr Debbie Garside, CEO GeoLang creator of the Ascema Platform for Data Loss Prevention
Sarah Edwards, managing director, Capital Networks Solutions Limited
Lisa Matthews-Jones, portfolio manager, Arts Council of Wales
Kirsty Williams, co-founder, DashHound.
Dr Elin Haf Davies, co-founder, aparito
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