Digital Leaders announces the Digital Leaders 100 winners for 2020

DL100 winners

Written by Robin Knowles, CEO, Digital Leaders

Last night at the 8th Digital Leaders 100 Virtual Awards ceremony we met this year’s winners, with an audience of all 100 finalists as well as sponsors and special guests. The attendees mingled virtually in the #DigiLounge after the ceremony to celebrate and congratulate this year’s winners.

The Founders Award for 2020 was carried off by entrepreneur and angel investor in amazing startups like the jetsuit company “Gravity”, Professor Adam Beaumont.

The Overall Winner and #1 on the list was Elemental Software, who won the award in addition to the HealthTech Innovation Category. Elemental Software are a social subscribing business that has launched a remote support solution designed to ensure vulnerable community members are mobilised, contacted, connected and supported during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Smart City of the Year saw very strong competition, but ultimately went to Sunderland City Council.

Both the top individual awards went to women this year.

Lucy Watts MBE, won Digital Leader of the Year for her work in digital spaces for people with disabilities and life-shortening illnesses. 

Academic Reem Talhouk was named Young Digital Leader of the Year for her work in refugee settlements in Lebanon looking at the use of digital technologies, such as blockchain, to improve food security and public health.

The 8th Annual Digital Leaders 100 list highlights the latest champions of digital transformation across the UK. All 12 UK regions are represented in this year’s list, reflecting the national reach of the Digital Leaders Community. Outside of London and the South East, the strongest regions were Scotland, the South West, Yorkshire and the North West. 

The independent list recognises 100 people, organisations and programmes across the UK who are leading the way in digital transformation in all sectors. Previously, the list has featured industry names such as: Martha Lane-Fox, Mike Bracken, Liam Maxwell, Seyi Akiwowo, Kevin Cunnington and Eileen Burbidge. 

The 100 finalists that make up the list competed for the public vote in one of 10 categories. The top three in each category were then met by the judges to pick a winner in each category. This year’s DL100 list is made up of individuals and organisations with 42 private sector, 36 from the public sector, 18 from the non-profit sector and 4 from academia. 

The full list of Winners for the DL100 Awards 2020 are:

DL100 Overall Winner 2020: Elemental Software

Digital Leader of the Year: Lucy Watts MBE

Young Digital Leader: Reem Talhouk

Smart City of the Year: Sunderland City Council

SME of the Year: SnapDragon Monitoring

AI Innovation of the Year: Crisp

Digital Skills or Inclusion Initiative of the Year: Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership

Cross-Sector Digital Collaboration of the Year: Essex + Herts Digital Innovation Zone (DIZ)

Digital Public Service Innovation of the Year: Tell Us Once – DWP Digital

Tech for Good Initiative of the Year: stem4  – mental health apps for teenagers

HealthTech Innovation of the Year: Elemental Software

5G Innovation of the Year: Appyway – WM5G congestion solution

Founders Award: Prof. Adam Beaumont

Leading by example, the DL100 list has a 50/50 gender split, recognising the diversity in digital transformation roles and the leading women across the industry. This is a figure not seen commonly on many industry lists.

10 UK regions are represented in this year’s list, reflecting the national reach of the Digital Leaders Community. Outside of London and the South East, the strongest regions were Scotland, the North West and Yorkshire and Humberside.

Robin Knowles, CEO of Digital Leaders, commented:

“We are once again proud to see the incredible recognition of leading female role models in the DL100 where there are no awards based on gender. As a list that is nominated from our extensive Digital Leaders network, we’re always eager to see new names and faces featured on the list. There are few tech based awards that can claim they have successfully gathered a list with 50/50 representation!”

This year’s list for Digital Leaders and Young Digital Leader included: Leeds Festival’s Stuart Clarke; Chief Executive of Wigan Council, Alison McKenzie Folan; Apps for Good CEO Heather Picov; Quantum Black’s Yetunde Dada; as well as the two winners.

Russell Haworth, Chair of Digital Leaders, said: 

“The Digital Leaders 100 list 2020 once again highlights the progress in digitally transforming the UK. Our community of Digital Leaders have shone a light on the many hidden heroes, quietly getting on with the nation’s digital transformation. It is fabulous to see such a strong list from outside London this year reflecting our own inclusive national programme and the growing importance of digital transformation on companies irrespective of size or sector.” 

Full Digital Leaders 100 List 2020 (grouped by category)

AI Innovation of the Year

  • Arthritis Tracker for Teens, Versus Arthritis
  • Crisp
  • DUChESS – Dynamically Updated Chatbot for Extracting Summaries and System Understanding, DIEM Analytics Ltd
  • Ethical by Design
  • FavourUp
  • miiCARE
  • Swindon Borough Council
  • Talk to Tesco, Tesco
  • Target RPA, Target Group
  • The Tribe Project, Bronze Software Labs Ltd

Cross-Sector Digital Collaboration

  • ecoloco, HiveLOGIC
  • Essex + Herts Digital Innovation Zone (DIZ), Essex + Herts Digital Innovation Zone
  • History Makers: inspiring people to how collective action can change the course of history [Annie Besant & the Match Girls Strike and Jayaben Desai & the Grunwick Strike] People’s History Museum
  • Humanitarian Immersive Experience, Open Lab, Newcastle University
  • Integrated cloud solution that is improving road safety and saving lives across the UK, Civica 
  • National Underground Asset Register Pilots, Geospatial Commission – Cabinet Office
  • NPEx by The Health Informatics Service and X-Lab, X-Lab
  • PiGIS™ (Pig Grading Information System), Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute, College Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise
  • Power Up: Good Things Foundation and JP Morgan, Good Things Foundation 
  • Street Manager – Department for Transport

Digital Leader of the Year

  • Sirinda Bhandal, Simply Connect Solutions
  • Lucy Watts MBE, Festival Spirit
  • Stuart Clarke, Paceline Ltd; Leeds Digital Festival
  • Amy Icke , The Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST)
  • Mansata Kurang, VR Revival Ltd.
  • Alison Mckenzie-folan, Wigan Council 
  • Patrick Melia, Sunderland City Council
  • Deborah O’Neill , Oliver Wyman
  • Heather Picov, Apps for Good
  • Andrew Proctor, Staffordshire University

Digital Public Service Innovation

  • Affordable housing monitoring, Southwark Council
  • Continuous Service Improvement, City of Edinburgh Council
  • Developing Digital Skills & Awareness in Dorset, Dorset Council
  • Digital Admissions, Education Authority
  • Full Marks for Ofsted’s New Online Childminder Registration Service, Informed Solutions
  • Outstanding Public Service Digital Innovation, BookingLive
  • Pledge to be a healthy workplace, Medway Council
  • Supporting children and young people in Dorset to access the education they are entitled to, Dorset Council
  • Survey Data Collection – 2019 Rehearsal, Office for National Statistics 
  • Tell Us Once, DWP Digital

Digital Skills or Inclusion Initiative

  • 100% Digital Leeds, Leeds City Council 
  • CybSafe
  • Digital Communities Wales, Wales Co-operative Centre
  • Digital Voices Programme, DWP Digital
  • FoundersDoor, Your Startup, Your Story (YSYS)
  • Generation UK
  • Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership, Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub, Lancashire LEP
  • Lloyds Bank Academy, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Migrate Energy
  • WhiteHat

Digital SME

  • Axlea Innovations Ltd, Age UK Lancashire 
  • Box UK
  • DrDoctor
  • Foundation SP
  • Housekeep
  • Person Centred Software
  • Pickr
  • SmartSurvey
  • SnapDragon Monitoring Snap, Dragon Monitoring
  • Topolytics

Healthtech Innovation

  • Bleepa Feedback Medical
  • A Digital Sexual Health Tool for Young People in Wales, ProMo-Cymru
  • Elemental Software
  • Empowering Health Professionals – Putting Patient data into the hands of clinicians in Milton Keynes Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Improving Access, Outcomes and Reach with Digital Mental Health , SilverCloud Health Ltd
  • NHS login, NHS Digital
  • NHS Widening Digital Participation : Good Things Foundation and NHS Digital Good Things Foundation 
  • Rune Bech, Liva Healthcare
  • Smart device application for self-monitoring of heath data for adults with Cystic Fibrosis , Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
  • Space Finder, Edge Health

Smart City

  • Bolton Council
  • Dundee Council
  • East Staffordshire Borough Council
  • Edinburgh City Council
  • Gateshead Council
  • Smart Belfast 
  • Smart Cardiff – Inclusive, Sustainable, Healthy & Productive city
  • Stockport Council
  • Sunderland Council
  • Wakefield Council

Tech for Good Initiative

  • Beam
  • CogniHealth
  • Founders4Schools
  • Gather
  • Lloyds Banking Group Consumer Digital Index, Lloyds Banking Group 
  • MeeTwo Education Ltd
  • Mullany e-Mentoring, The Mullany Fund
  • Octopus Energy, Octopus Energy
  • stem4 mental health apps for teenagers, stem4
  • Website Carbon , Wholegrain Digital

Young Digital Leader

  • John Peter Archer, Gather
  • Yetunde Dada, QuantumBlack
  • Penny Day, Sunderland Software City
  • Emily Hyett, Deloitte Digital
  • Toni MacKenzie and Clara O’Callaghan, dressCode
  • Sam McLaren, Dorset Council
  • Katie Rappell, Adult Learning Cardiff – Cardiff Council
  • Joe Seddon, Access Oxbridge
  • Lauren Stewart Tack, Invigorate Platform
  • Reem Talhouk, Open Lab, Newcastle University

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