Dr. Julie McElroy has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Rising Star category in the Scottish Women in Technology Awards 2019.
The Rising Star category highlight women who are “a student, graduate, apprentice, or someone who is at the beginning of their technology journey and is acting as an advocate for technology and/or gender equality which is impacting the wider community. The winner of this award will demonstrate that they have an enthusiasm for tech and have the potential to be a future leader/source of inspiration in the sector” (SWiT, 2019).
Chloe Booth, Chief Product Owner – Tech Talent of Nationwide who nominated Julie for this Award. Chloe says “Julie is a pioneer and rising star in the field of Assistive Technology with an ambition to contribute to a global presence of Assistive Technologies. Julie believes that people are our greatest asset. It is fair to say that best performances come from individuals who are user-led in the developments of Assistive Technologies. Through her own lived experience and her PhD in Assistive Technologies, which allowed her to investigate the learning experiences of disabled students in technology-rich learning environments, she has developed a specialism in accessibility and usability design, which is particularly relevant in the development of software solutions. This requires an understanding and awareness of a range of technologies in order to derive innovative and practical solutions. Her contribution was highly sought when she moved to University of Strathclyde to further her studies looking at the reutilisation of assistive technologies for a Masters in Knowledge Exchange which she is due to graduate in November later this year”.
The Scottish Women in Technology Awards will be an a prestigious awards ceremony to be held on 24th October 2019 at Radisson Blu Glasgow.