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Last Year's Awards

Read more about Hadeel Ayoub and the rest of our winners here and take inspiration as you craft your own story and make your way to becoming a technology playmaker.

Last year's winner

Hadeel Ayoub, BrightSign
Technology Playmaker of the Year 2018 Award

Hadeel is the founder and CEO of BrightSign, an award-winning wearables start-up providing assistive technology for people with non-verbal disabilities. She is also a designer, programmer and researcher in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) & Assistive Technology. Hadeel’s mission is to give a voice to those who are unable to speak.

Hadeel Ayoub
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Kathryn Parsons

Digital Leader of the Year 2018

Kathryn is CEO of Decoded, a technology education company she co-founded in East London in 2011 with a promise to teach anyone to code in a day. Today, Decoded teaches in over 85 cities globally, delivering face-to-face and online learning experiences spanning future skills such as coding, AI, blockchain, and cyber security. In 2014, Kathryn was part of the successful campaign to have coding introduced as a mandatory course to the UK national curriculum. She is Chairwoman of the UK Institute of Coding.

Kathryn Parsons

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