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2017 EMEA Regional Winners

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Minespider uses blockchain tokens to track conflict free minerals. Metals that come from conflict zones are difficult to uniquely identify because shipments can be mixed, so our approach is to create blockchain tokens according to production volumes of responsibly sourced material.

These tokens are passed up the supply chain to purchasers of metal, so that manufacturers can trace their money to responsible sources

WinnerBest Startup - Social or Community Impact

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E-Kite develops kite power systems to generate electricity at >50% lower costs than wind turbines. Their systems consist of a wing tethered to a ground station. While flying away the wing is pulling the tether, causing a pulley to turn. This pulley then drives a generator.

Kite power systems are mobile, so they can be used at temporary or remote sites. Their systems can be deployed offshore in deep waters at very low costs, because they can float on pontoons.

WinnerBest Startup - Tech or Digital Innovation

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Erase All Kittens

Drum Roll HQ are creating Erase All Kittens – the world’s first game designed to inspire girls to code and teach them professional coding languages.

Solely through word-of-mouth, the pilot version of E.A.K. has 120,000 players in over 100 countries and 55% are girls (compared with an average of less than 18% for other coding tools/clubs). Our mission is to inspire and teach at least 500,000 girls aged 8-13 to code and create on the web, by 2019.

WinnerMost Disruptive Technology or Digital Leader

Richard Corbridge - eHealth Ireland

Richard is a leader in the digital healthcare arena with 20 years’ experience. He has a passion for business change and benefits management and insists on a focus on engagement and highlighting benefits brought to every technology implementation he has responsibility for. In the last 3 years, Richard has been responsible for digital in health in Ireland before that was responsible for digital making a change to how clinical research is conducted in the UK.

WinnerMost Progressive Workplace Leader

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Greg Reed

With 20 years’ international Banking experience, Greg joined HomeServe Membership in 2012, as Chief Marketing Officer, becoming CEO in June 2017. He leads a business with 3,000 People, including 1,000 engineers, with 2.2m Customers and a turnover of £326m.

Upon joining, HomeServe had just come through a regulatory, reputational and commercial near-death experience. Greg has helped a new HomeServe emerge; a commercially powerful business built on strong principles with the right culture of committed People delivering effortless service to Customers.

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