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At this year's award ceremony, we welcomed Eileen Burbidge, partner at Passion Capital, and Hadeel Ayoub, the 2018 Tech Playmaker of the Year who shared their experiences, insights and stories.

Eileen Burbidge

Eileen Burbidge is a Partner at Passion Capital, the pre-eminent early-stage technology venture fund based in London. She brings extensive operational experience to her investment activities gleaned from business and product roles at Yahoo!, Skype, Apple and elsewhere. On behalf of Passion, Eileen serves as non-executive director on a number of fast growing SMEs including Monzo Bank, Digital Shadows, Tide, and Focal Point Positioning, among others. Eileen is also the Chair of Tech Nation, formerly TechCity UK which is the British government-backed organisation supporting the digital economy across the UK. She is the HM Treasury's Special Envoy for FinTech appointed by the Chancellor; Tech Ambassador for the Mayor of London's office and served on former UK Prime Minister David Cameron's Business Advisory Group. Eileen was also recently appointed to the board of Dixons Carphone, the FTSE 250-listed consumer electronics retailer. She was made an MBE for services to Business in June 2015 and holds a BSc Engineering degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Hadeel Ayoub

The 2018 Tech Playmaker of the Year, Hadeel Ayoub describes herself as a Designer, Programmer and Researcher in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) & Assistive Technology. She is the founder of BrightSign, a wearable technology start-up developing enabling innovations dedicated to facilitating communication for individuals with non-verbal disabilities. Hadeel's slogan is 'One day I hope to give a voice to those who can't speak.'