Digital Gum reaches 5th Annual Digital Leaders 100 list


Louize Clarke | April 13, 2018

Digital Leaders Announces the DL100 Finalists

Digital Leaders, the nationwide initiative for promoting effective, long-term digital transformation across government, industry and charities, has today announced the finalists who make up the DL100 list for 2018 and opened the public vote. ConnectTVT is delighted to announce that Digital Gum, the programme giving returners, apprentices and small businesses in-demand digital skills, has made the DL 100.

The independent list recognises 100 people and organisations 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 and Eileen Burbidge. To vote in the DL100 and find out more, go to digileaders100.com

Making a place for digital explorers

Launched by Louize Clarke in September 2017, Digital Gum’s students are immersed in bi-weekly sessions, from social media marketing, app design and coding through to video content, VR and SEO. Louize – and her team of local digital businesses – coach the groups of 6-8 through topics including how to write great CVs, grow social media accounts and produce social marketing content. A total of 80 students will complete the current programme which runs till May and will launch nationally later this year. Digital Gum is backed by the Thames Valley Berkshire LEP.

“We’re thrilled that Digital Gum has been recognised at this national level. We’re working hard to change the conversation around digital skills, looking to make it genuinely more diverse and inclusive, especially through our returners work. Our next phase will be about working closely with employers to enable this and being part of Digital Leaders 100 supports that goal.”

Open to public vote

The 100 finalists that make up the list will now compete for the public vote in one of 10 categories. This year’s list is made up of individuals and organisations with 44 private sector, 32 from the public sector and 24 from the nonprofit sector. Alongside Digital Gum, tech entrepreneur Ben Towers, is one of the South East’s nine representatives, featuring in new category “Young Digital Leader of the Year”.

Digital diversity
Showing strong diversity the DL100 2018 list has 65% female members, highlighting the leading women now active across the UK’s digital sector.

Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, Chair of Digital Leaders, said:

“The Digital Leaders 100 list 2018 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.”

Robin Knowles, CEO of Digital Leaders, commented: “This is the annual list that money can’t buy. A truly independent list nominated by our growing community of 120,000 and shortlisted by 17 independent judges before a public vote puts them into a final order”. “There are few digital communities that can claim they have crowdsourced an open list with over 65% female representation in the top 100. Particularly as “Diversity” is not a category or even mentioned in the shortlisting criteria! We’re extremely excited to see who comes out top in our public vote!”

 The Awards

The final list order and category winners will be announced at the DL100 Awards Dinner at St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel on 21 June 2018.

To vote in the DL100 and find out more, go to: digileaders100.com.

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