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See our amazing judges (investors, entrepreneurs, tech experts)

Keji Adedeji, Product Manager at Voxpopme and regional co-organiser of ProductTank EMEA region.

Keji describes herself as a customer person at heart, loves really understanding customer problems and working with empowered product teams to solve them. When not helping teams build product processes and solving customer problems, she  enjoys building a product community and have been doing so in Birmingham since 2013 with ProductTank, a meetup for product people by product people. More recently, she is the regional co-ordinator for ProductTank EMEA region.

Suzanne Edwards, CEO and Head of Education and Business at Enlighten and Winner of Influential Female 2018.

Suzanne spent 20 years as a teacher in prison and secondary education and is the CEO/owner of Enlighten a multi-award winning augmented reality company with a focus on tech for good and last year’s winner of the Silicon Canal Most influential female award. Suzanne’s company Enlighten has also been announced as the winner in the Business Cloud’s top 50 tech companies in the Midlands.

Hannah Quinton, Head of eLearning at GuyKat Solutions and Creative Driector of CloudTeach


Hannah has a passion for creative, digital media and leading a team to build engaging online learning. In 2017 she won the Silicon Canal Developer of the Year, and since this award, she has taken the plunge to create a partner company for a new exciting complementary venture to her original job role. Her day-to-day responsibilities involve heading up the entire content creation team that develops bespoke eLearning modules delivered to tens of thousands of professionals in over 50 countries, spanning every continent, in 12 different languages, on a daily basis. She prides herself on working and partnering with the likes of Mondelez (parent of Cadbury), L’Oreal, SAP, Unilever and Amnesty International. She is a Birmingham promoter, having moved here from home town of London, and is often found at local tech networking events talking about the Birmingham tech scene and lifestyle. You will struggle to meet a more enthusiastic woman in tech. Also, fun fact, she has an irrational phobia of ketchup.

Mark is a multiple business owner and serial entrepreneur spanning the fresh produce, recruitment- creative sector, digital, tech and retail industries. Mark is MD of BanaBay, they are global growers and exporters of a variety of premium fruits direct from plantation to retail and wholesale customers.  Mark is also the co-owner and Commercial director of Purely Plantain Chips, a strategic business adviser and shareholder in Heylus and the COO for Woodbarn. Mark also holds trustee positions for Midlands charities including WAITS (Women In Today’s society) and Free@Last. He is extremely passionate about giving back to the Midlands and utilising his network to the benefit of these organisations. He is a director of Birmingham Tech Week and TAG Network Midlands and he is part of the leadership committee for his BNI Sunrise group. Mark is an ambassador team for the MBCC awards in addition to existing roles. Mark also won the Entrepreneur of the Year award at the Nachural Awards earlier this year and is nominated at this time for Man of the Year at the City of Birmingham Business Awards and Business Man of the Year for the Birmingham Awards.

Peet Denny - Move 37

Peet is a consulting CTO specialising in AI. At Wealth Wizards, he developed the world's first AI regulated financial advice system which used explainable AI to deliver a recommendation in a very complex financial area. Peet also runs brum.ai, which is a community of over 900 AI researchers, engineers, students and aficionados from across the Midlands. He speaks internationally on AI and regularly appears in the media, including CNBC and the BBC.

Andrew Squire - BJSS

Andrew has spent 19 years in the technology industry, starting out as a consultant at Accenture before leading global technology organisations building products for the financial services sector, particularly focused around foreign exchange trading and risk management platforms, for Thomson Reuters and Refinitiv. He is very excited to have recently joined BJSS, the UK’s leading privately owned IT and Business consultancy, to expand their operations into a new base in Birmingham – a return to his roots as a University of Birmingham graduate. Andrew still sees himself as a technologist at heart (he would say “geek”), is a proud LGBT+ ally and a staunch believer in the importance of Diversity and Inclusion.

Adrian Dickson - Microsoft

Ade is an experienced digital leader and entrepreneur with 25 years of technology and digital transformation experience across leading organisations. He leads Digital Advisory services in Microsoft, with teams of consultants that help clients understand and adopt technologies driving major industry change through the 4th industrial revolution.

Chris Meah - School of Code

Dr Chris Meah completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Birmingham in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence and accomplished a PhD in biomedical imaging in 2017. Throughout his studies he developed business acumen and won a number of awards for his academic work and entrepreneurship and innovation. In 2015 Chris founded the School of Code, with the aim of making code accessible for all. He had found that learning to code was lonely and monotonous and wanted to change this for future coders. Now School of Code is going into it's third cohort. Chris has been an excellent role model to all!

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