News | 12 Oct 2022

Colleen Wong wins Vodafone Woman of Innovation Award

Colleen Wong, a mother-of-two tech novice who transformed herself into a tech entrepreneur, has won the Vodafone Woman of Innovation Award at the annual Women of the Year Awards in London.

The event celebrates more than 400 women from across the UK who have achieved remarkable things over the year.

Miryem Salah, Head of Business Transformation at Vodafone, said: “It was an absolute honour to spend the day celebrating so many inspirational women and present Colleen with the Vodafone Woman of Innovation Award.

“The positive impact that her company has had is far-reaching and a true example of the positive impact that technology can have on society.”

Colleen Cheung-Ying Wong is founder of tech company Techsixtyfour, which, among other things, developed the ‘My Gator Watch’ to enable young children to stay connected to their parents without the need for a smartphone.

Colleen is now adapting the device for older people and those suffering from dementia to track location and detect falls. The aim is to help older people remain independent for as long as possible while reassuring family and friends of their safety.

Colleen said: “I am so honoured to receive the Vodafone Woman of Innovation Award. It has been a seven-year rollercoaster ride with crazy unexpected twists and turns, such as Covid and Brexit, that have made me much more resilient but also made me question my own ability to fight these fights.

“I love what I do and work hard every day because I hear from my customers how the Gator watch has changed their lives.

Vodafone celebrates talented women at the House of Commons

Vodafone hosted a reception at the House of Commons recently to celebrate talented women, with speakers including Mims Davies MP, Laura Farris MP, Jess Philips MP and the entrepreneur Sonya Barlow.

“It is incredible to have my work recognised and to know that I have the support of so many amazing women who are doing amazing things.”

The event, hosted by TV star Mel Giedroyc, was also attended by other celebrities, such as Vicky McClure, Clare Balding, Angela Hartnett, Miquita Oliver and Lorraine Kelly.

Other special honours went to Kath Tregenna, a primary school teacher who has continued teaching with bionic arms and legs after almost dying of sepsis; Nzambi Matee, inventor who has developed bricks stronger than concrete from recycled plastic; Juliet Sanders, founder of a growing food poverty charity for local families; Yvonne Bajela, a venture capitalist who specialises in investing in companies led by under-represented entrepreneurs; and Leanne Pero, founder of Black Women Rising which raises awareness around identification and treatment of cancer in women of colour.

Special tribute was also paid to women’s sporting achievements, especially that of the England Women’s Football team at the UEFA European Women’s Championship this summer.

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