Leanne was recognized for being a tireless agent of change, tackling head on the challenges that reflect the under-representation of women in the technology sector. The judging panel was impressed by her work to bridge the gender gap in technology and eliminate the misconception that “women don’t build good tech startups” through She Loves Tech and a global start-up competition. Her efforts to break down barriers and support women entrepreneurs and startups in their own endeavours have demonstrated outstanding leadership and impact, and the judges were unanimous in their choice.
Hannah was recognized for making an early impact in the technology industry through her work as a developer at defty, a website builder, and for applying technology in innovative and beneficial ways by co-founding vrcalm, a virtual experience that uses health tech and VR to help those with dementia. She has shown tremendous potential to achieve great things in the tech industry.