Emerging Talent Award

Know someone who you thindk will go far? Nominate a student who will be the next big thing!

Entry Criteria

Criteria for the Emerging Talent category:

– Nominee works for a tech business/in a tech role

Successful nominations should detail but not be limited to the following:

– Skills demonstrated that suggest they are one to watch
– When the nominee has gone above/beyond what is expected of them
– The impact on their business the nominee has had
– What makes them stand out from other students/recent graduates
– Examples of work that the nominee has worked on
– Anything else notable that the judges might be interested in

Iffat Islam – Winner 2019

I’ve had the privilege of knowing Iffat and she has impressed me immensely. She is by far one of the most naturally gifted students I have ever encountered with a kind heart. At 14 she developed a robot from scratch that had the ability to sleep at night and react to objects placed in from of it. At 17 she secured a place at a competitive cyber security course endorsed by GCHQ. 600 applied, only 8% got in. She also came first at the Microsoft hackathon for the game she developed. She volunteered at the Centre for Computing History for nearly 2 years. At 18 she volunteered to create a resource signposting website for refugees in the area using JavaScript and the Google platform within 48 hours. She came first place out of 100 contestants at the Cambridge University Hackathon for Blockchain, being the youngest contender and 1 of 5% that were female. She also won the bonus prize for outstanding effort. Iffat studies artificial intelligence in her own time and a lot of her skills and experience up-to-date can be found on LinkedIn. Her ambition and hard work has landed her a project with some people in MIT and Boston, Massachusetts for her contribution and expertise on a remote internship. I wholeheartedly endorse Iffat for this award for she will be an absolute testament to it and I can’t think of anyone who deserves it better.

Finalist 2019

Sarah Roberts

Finalist 2019

Leslie Rickerby