I was very proud to have made the final 10 in the category Digital Leader of the Year 2018 and was overwhelmed by the response I received from colleagues, business and friends the voting. It helped reconnect me with people I had worked with in the past who got in touch to let me know they had voted. To win the overall category was both surprising and very humbling when you hear about the other fantastic leaders. My team and I are motivated and excited about the work we do at The Data Lab and to have recognition of this at the UK level is extremely rewarding. I would like to thank the team at Digital Leaders for all their support and for the great work they do.
Digital Leader of the Year
The Digital Leaders programme recognises the importance of Leadership in driving forward digital transformation in the UK. This award is for an individual whose actions in the past year have made them stand out as a Digital Leader in the transformation of their sector.
Young Digital Leader of the Year
This category recognises the extraordinary achievements of young people aged 16-24 in the digital transformation space from all across the UK. This award is for a young individual whose actions in the past year have made an impact in the transformation of their sector.
AI Innovation of the Year (NEW!)
Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Natural Language are revolutionising services by using data to power automation of services, delivering significant positive impacts. This award recognises an exemplary product or service, which over the last year utilised AI positively to make an impact in its respective area.
HealthTech Innovation of the Year (NEW!)
Technological change represents a golden opportunity for healthcare providers in the UK to deliver services to a higher standard with the help of innovative tech. This award is for a product or service which, in the last year, leveraged technology to improve healthcare provision or service efficiency.
Digital Skills or Inclusion Initiative of the Year
This award covers from Basic Digital Skills or Inclusion to executive education. This award is for a product or service, which in the last year has delivered a real impact in terms of digital skills or inclusion to its intended community.
Digital Public Service Innovation of the Year
Public Sector Innovation is a new focus of the modernisation of Public Services from Central and Local Government; to Health and blue light services. This award is for a digital public sector innovation including the use of a service during the last year that has delivered measurable impact.
Digital Council of the Year
Some of the greatest innovations in Digital Public Services have come from the Local Government Sector. This award recognises those Councils that over the last year have delivered measurable digital transformation either internally in their organisation or in the way they are providing their public services
Digital SME of the Year
SMEs in the UK are developing innovative digital services and products that are increasingly being recognised for overall economic development. This award is for SME organisations that in the last 12 months have delivered digital impact in their chosen sector.
Digital Charity of the Year
The Charity Sector is embracing Digital Transformation in response to the strong evidence of its benefits. This award is for charity or not-profit organisations who have in the last year demonstrated the transformative power of digital to themselves or services to their beneficiaries.
Cross-Sector Digital Collaboration of the Year
2018 saw many more GovTech style solutions developed in partnership between the public and private sectors. This award is for a cross-sector digital product or service that in the last year has had a measurable impact and delivered real outcomes.