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.
Ada was recognized for her efforts to encourage and empower more girls and women in Africa to develop technical skills and pursue careers in technology. The judges recognized Ada as a role model, leading by example to inspire the next generation of technology leaders by establishing She Code Africa and Open Source Community Africa, as well as her passion and advocacy for strengthening developer communities.