The list for Computer Weekly magazine was decided by both an expert judging panel and a reader vote.
Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt was placed at number 11 and is named in the list because of his role as chairman and co-founder of the Open Data Institute (ODI), his role as advisor to the U.K. government on public access to government information and his being a member of the Public Sector Transparency Board.
Professor Dame Wendy Hall was placed at number 25 and is named in the list for her academic reputation and for being a founding co-director of the Web Science Trust.
Following on from being named in Computer Weekly’s first ever list of the U.K.’s top 25 most influential women in I.T. in July, Professor Dame Wendy Hall has featured in Computer Weekly’s recently announced list of the most influential people in U.K. I.T.
The list was decided by a reader vote as well as an expert judging panel with representatives from across the I.T. industry.
Professor Hall was recognised for her founding of the Web Science Research Initiative with Sir Tim Berners-Lee in 2006, which is a collaborative research project between the University of Southampton and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
In Computer Weekly’s first ever list of the top 25 most influential women in I.T. in the U.K. Professor Dame Wendy Hall was placed at number 2.
The women in the list were voted for by readers of Computer Weekly and a panel of leaders from across the I.T. industry.
The reason for the publication of the list is to recognise and focus on female role models in the I.T. industry, in order to encourage more women towards careers in the area (currently less than 20% of people employed in the I.T. sector in the U.K. are female, with this figure falling to below 10% for senior/leadership roles).
Dame Wendy said: I’m delighted and flattered to have been included in such a distinguished list and I applaud Computer Weekly for their efforts to highlight the role of women in I.T. in the U.K. which is far more significant than is often realised. Such publicity will encourage others to consider careers in an industry that is one of the most exciting and important to be in today.