Recently we wrote a short article about the upcoming Women In Tech Awards that are due to be held in the RDS this November! We are very excited as the event is powered by the Dublin Tech Summit, the biggest tech showcase in Ireland. As we said in our previous article these awards are dedicated to recognizing the innovation, leadership and achievements of women in Ireland’s tech landscape. To pick the best and brightest women in the industry you need the best judges. So who are the people charged with making the tough calls?

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Anne Ravanona, founder & CEO of Global Invest Her

Our first judge up is Anna Ravanona, the Founder & CEO of Global Invest Her a platform and online community for early-stage women entrepreneurs that breaks down the funding process & helps them get investor-ready, to get funded faster. An incredible platform which has already been a proven success helping many female entrepreneurs to get up and running. She is a passionate women’s advocate with over 22 years experience in global business, she spoke at TEDx to inspire everyone to ’Spread Your Talent To The World’. She also advises Fortune 500 companies on Gender Diversity.

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Katia Lang, founder & CEO of the Fintech Times

Katie is the co-founder of Disrupts Media Limited, publishers of The Fintech Times newspaper and Disrupts.com.
Blockchain, Crypto, and startup enthusiast, Katia is one of the Top 100 Women in Fintech 2018 and having someone like this on the judges panel is a huge win for the Women In Tech Awards.

Since launching back in 2016, The Fintech times has grown exponentially. Bringing Fintech to the world, the brand is experiencing steady growth in headcount, readership, and revenue.

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Philip Konopik, Ireland Country Manager of Visa

As the Visa Ireland Country Manager, Philip Konopik is leading Visa’s market and business development activities in the market, working with clients and partners to drive innovation and evolution of the payments ecosystem with the aim of making Ireland the benchmark for digital payments in Europe. Prior to joining Visa he was part of the leadership team at the London-based growth and innovation consultancy Market Gravity. Over five years, he helped grow the business from a team of 10 to over 70 employees across London, Scotland and New York, and in the process working with leading challenger and high-street banks, as well as the payment industry across the UK and Ireland.

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Jules Coleman, Co-founder of Hassle

Jules Coleman is the co-founder and CTO of Resi, a London based startup changing the face of residential architecture.
Prior to Resi, Jules co-founded hassle.com, a domestic cleaning marketplace. Jules and the team grew Hassle.com to 100 employees across 4 countries before selling the company to Helpling in July 2015 for €32m. She is someone who knows how to grow a business from the ground up, successfully. Her eye for the market, knowledge and expertise will be invaluable to the team when picking the winners.

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Gen Ashley, Director of Women Who Code, London

Gen is the Founder of TECH(K)NOW Day – a conference focused on Women in Technology. She is also a Director of Women Who Code London and is a very active leader in the Tech community in London.
Gen is also a Lead for Google Women Techmakers London, NASA Space Apps Challenge London, Twitter Developer Community London and Google Developer Groups London. She is also part of the leadership committee for Ada’s List (a network for women in technology). She is co-organiser of COED:CODE, OpenTechSchool London and London Game Developers.

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Joe Healy, Manager of High-Potential Startup Division, Enterprise Ireland

Joe was awarded a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Birmingham and holds a Masters Degree in Technology Management from the National Institute of Technology Management, UCD. More recently, in 2015 he was awarded a Diploma in Company Direction by the Institute of Directors.
Joe joined Enterprise Ireland in 1997. During his time with Enterprise Ireland he has worked in a number of senior roles.

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DR. Binja Dasani, International Award Winning Strategy, Innovation & FS Exec

And last but certainly not least, the final judge is Dr. Binja Dasani. She has a robust track record of delivering strategic, innovation and complex transformation successes for global Financial Services firms, across products, asset classes and markets. Bijna influences to deliver and builds high performing teams. Bijna serves the Boards of CIO Net, the IPQC CDO Exchange Series, and the Inclusive Companies Network. She is a FinTech Mentor and films videos on Mentorship, Leadership & Technology; she’s a co-presenter for the Women in Business TV series.

And that’s it! These are the brilliant people who will be have the deciding votes for the inaugural Women In Tech Awards.If you want to find out more about the event you can check out their website for a full list of categories, partners, speakers and everything else.

Goosed are fully behind the Women In Tech Awards and we hope that in the near future we can also do our bit and have more female contributors. If you want to write for Goosed.ie literally just get in touch via [email protected] and get started straightaway. Even if you don’t think you are much of a writer now, Martin, Jon, Dean, Gary and Neal are ready to help.

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