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.
ElsaMarie was recognized for founding and leading Red Dot Foundation, an organization that is helping make cities safer by documenting incidents of sexual harassment and abuse in public places through crowdsourced data and technology. Her passion and commitment to using technology for good, to help tackle sexual violence, impressed the judges.