Congratulations to our 2018 Women in Digital Award Winners!

QUT Bluebox Founder of the Year

Julie Stevanja, Co-founder of StyleRunner

Julie Stevanja is the founder of Style Runner, a highly successful eCommerce Activewear and Apparel platform. A pioneer of innovation, Stylerunner was awarded for their rapid adoption of new technology to deliver unrivalled customer experiences. The judges were particularly impressed with Julie’s leadership and vision within a competitive landscape.

ERM Power Software Developer of the Year

Sarah Smith, CTO of Sortal

Sarah Smith is the CTO of Sortal, a ground-breaking AI powered technology to search your personal images. Sarah has had an impressive global career in technology working with Nokia, Google and Expedia. The judges were impressed with her constant contribution to the Digital eco-system and entrepreneurial spirit.

Columbus Digital Producer of the Year

Candace Marshall, Executive Producer at Josephmark

Candace Marshall is the Executive Producer at Josephmark and Breeder. Candace has been awarded for her work on Clipchamp Create, which the judges described as technically complex and highly strategic. The judges appreciated her business acumen demonstrated throughout the submission and quality of the final output, in addition to being a highly engaged digital community member.

Videopro Digital Marketer of the Year

Brynley King, Managing Director at

Brynley King is the founder of a sophisticated Digital Marketing agency specialising in eCommerce optimisation. The judges were impressed with her strategic nous and incredible results for clients – exemplified when one of her stores generated it’s first 100k in 164 days.

UQ Business School Leader of the Year

Julie Trell, CEO of Muru-D

Julie Trell is the Global Head of Muru-D, and SheEO Australia Lead. Julie has had a global career with some of the biggest technology companies in the world, and is passionate about education and innovation. The judges were impressed with her playful approach to leadership and change.

Suncorp Innovator of the Year

Sharon Melamed, MD at Matchboard

Sharon Melamed is the Founder of Matchboard, a platform that connects service providers and consumers. Sharon impressed the judges with the platforms’ innovative nature and proven market traction, reinforced by a large number of customer testimonials and raving fans.

Cisco Sales Excellence

Elizabeth Gibbons, Director of Client Services at Zeroseven

Elizabeth Gibbons is the client director at ZeroSeven. In her role she is responsible for Business Development and company growth, which she has excelled at through tenacity and strategic excellence.

Queensland Urban Utilities Making a Difference

Rachel Downie, Founder of Stymie

Rachel Downie is the founder of Stymie, a platform that helps to prevent bullying in schools. Rachel is solving a very real problem within schools through a technology driven solution.

AWS Community Champion of the Year

Ally Watson, Co-Founder of Code Like a Girl

Ally Watson is the co-founder of Code like a Girl, an organisation that teaches girls to code in programs across Australia. Ally was voted the People’s Choice for this award for her admirable commitment to moving the needle for girls in tech.

CUA Incubator of the Year

Womens Business School

The Womens Business School  provides training and support for women to grow their business using Digital Technology as an enabler and productivity maker. The judges were impressed with their results and commitment to empowering women.

AWS Board Diversity

AV Technology

AV Technology is a company focused on constant improvement of their workforce, company performance and culture. They have demonstrated unparalleled self awareness, commitment to change and belief in the value of Diversity and Inclusion.

AICD Employer of the Year


CISCO QLD has achieved incredible results in improving their gender diversity from 6 to 37% in the last 12 months largely driven by the QLD State Manager Michael Reid. The judges were impressed with their tangible results and Michael’s passion for Diversity.

Arq Group Educational Leadership

Tech Girls are Superheroes

Tech Girls Movement work with schools across Australia to inspire and mentor young girls into Technology. Winners are often taken to the US to visit Silicon Valley and learn about the opportunities careers in technology provide. The judges were impressed with the organisations impact, with proven success in inspiring more young women into technology.

Check out the photos from the evening HERE