Wales’ leading tech females announced at Digital Festival

Wales’ first ever awards ceremony for female technology professionals and innovators took place during the opening of the Digital Festival on Monday.

Organised by Innovation Point, the awards were set up to share the stories of the women leading Wales’s technology sector. Currently, just 15 per cent of UK tech roles are held by females.

Hundreds of women took part in the public nomination process, many of whom have founded companies working worldwide, saving lives, creating careers and boosting the economy.

One of these women Dr Elin Haf Davies, who has spent nearly 20 years developing new and emerging drug treatments for rare diseases in children. She is also the founder of digital health firm Aparito.

“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 care givers or need care during pregnancy and motherhood,” said Elin.

“A lot needs to be done, therefore. Bringing women together to share ideas and to support each other is one of the best way 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.”

Gemma Hallett, from Beddau in Pontypridd, is another leading woman recognised by the awards. After being made redundant from her teaching career, she used her payout to develop a careers app for youngsters.

Called miFuture, it helps young people find and apply for jobs, courses and volunteering opportunities in a swipe. Gemma was recently nominated for several Wales Technology Awards.

“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,” she said.

“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.”

Other winners include Aimee Bateman, CEO and founder, Careercake.com; Rachel Clacher, co-founder, Moneypenny; Victoria Norman, CEO and Founder, Signum Health; Dr Debbie Garside, CEO of GeoLang ; Sarah Edwards, managing directo of  Capital Networks Solutions Limited; Lisa Matthews-Jones, portfolio manager, Arts Council of Wales; and Kirsty Williams, co-founder of DashHound.