The Student Development Co. founded and run by Claudine Adeyemi has made it into Digital Leaders’ DL100 list for 2017 for its mobile app, Career Ear.
Digital Leaders, the global initiative for promoting effective, long-term digital transformation across government and industries, yesterday announced the finalists who make up the DL100 list for 2017 and opened the public vote.
The independent list recognises 100 people and organisations across the UK who are leading the way in digital transformation in all sectors.
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 50 private sector, 29 from the public sector and 20 from the nonprofit sector. Companies featured include Network Rail, DWP, Seedrs and Lloyds Banking Group.
The Student Development Co. is a non-profit organisation that provides career-related support to young people from less privileged backgrounds. It has launched a mobile app called Career Ear, the UK’s first Q&A careers advice platform of its kind. It allows young career seekers to ask current professionals questions about their careers and experiences and has been shortlisted as “Mobile Innovation of the Year”.
Adeyemi, who by day is a lawyer at law firm Mishcon de Reya, said:
“We are extremely excited about this achievement. It is a testament to the incredibly hard work of our entire team of volunteers. Our underlying goal is to help as many young people as we can. Career Ear enables us to do this in a more creative, modern way and it is fantastic that our innovative solution has been recognised by Digital Leaders. It is also important to me that young, female and BAME people with an ability to have an impact on digital transformation in the UK in the coming years are included in this list and in the conversations that are taking place. I hope that I can be a visible role model to others.”
Lord Francis Maude of Horsham, Chair of Digital Leaders, said:
“The Digital Leaders 100 list 2017 is once again highlighting the progress that has been made in digitally transforming the UK across all sectors. Our Digital Leaders community have pulled out all the stops to let us know about the hidden heroes, quietly getting on with the UK’s digital transformation without themselves seeking recognition.”
The final list order and category winners will be announced at the DL100 Awards Dinner at St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel on 22 June 2017.