JFD, an organisation honoring and connecting women who change the world since 2013, took the occasion of International Women’s Day to unveil the 2021 winners of les Margaret Awards and the first young winners of les Margaret Junior Awards, under the patronage of Jean-Michel Blanquer, French Minister of Education, Youth and Sports.
Jean-Michel Blanquer, French Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Elisabeth Moreno, French Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister, in charge of Equality between Women and Men, Diversity and Equal Opportunities, Cédric O, French Minister of State for Digital Transition and Electronic Communications, Sira Sylla, Member of Parliament, member of the Foreign Affairs Commission and Wilfrid Lauriano do Rego, Coordinator of the Presidential Council for Africa, presented the awards alongside Delphine Remy-Boutang, CEO the Bureau & JFD. During the digital ceremony, JFD also revealed the results of the 2021 JFD x BVA study “Digital Equality: Shaping the future with new leaders”. The entire study, which will be available from March 9, was conducted among more than 4,000 Europeans and provides valuable insights into their perception of digital professions, the changes made in terms of parity, and their relationship to entrepreneurship.
“I would like to salute the creativity and boldness of the 2021 winners of les Margaret Awards. They are the new leaders shaping the future. JFD is pursuing its mission to unveil the next digital champions and is contributing to their success by mobilizing major political, media and economic players such as the World Bank Group, EDF Group, La Poste Group, Crédit Agricole Group, Microsoft France, Total, Mastercard, Dassault Systèmes, Idemia, PayPal… In addition to media visibility valued at 1 million euros and support for acceleration and growth for one year, we will organize the first ever JFD Entrepreneurship Expedition on October 11, International Girls’ Day. The winners will be invited to walk in the footsteps of Margaret Hamilton in the USA, Europe and Africa.”, says Delphine Remy-Boutang, CEO the Bureau & JFD, President GEN France.
Les Margaret Awards 2021 laureates are:
Margaret Entrepreneur Europe: Linnéa Kornehed, Co-Founder, Einride, the world’s first company to put an autonomous truck on a public road. The startup is developing electrically-powered, autonomous, delivery vehicles. The remote control system and its artificial intelligence enable live route planning and logistics tracking.
Margaret Entrepreneur Africa: Nneile Nkholise, Co-Founder & CEO 3DIMO, which automates the analysis of livestock data to monitor animal health. This in-app generates a universally traceable digital identification of each cow linked to a farmer and will provide the farmer with a tool to record animal vaccinations, movements and inventory control.
Margaret Intrapreneur Europe: Elham Kashefi, Professor of Quantum Computing at University of Edinburgh & Research Director CNRS – LIP6 Sorbonne University, Co-Founder VeriQloud. Elham Kashefi co-founded the domains of quantum cloud computing and quantum computing verification, and pioneered the transdisciplinary interaction of hybrid quantum-classical solutions, ranging from theoretical investigation to real-world experimental and industrial commercialization.
Margaret Intrapreneur Africa: Eloho Omame, Founder FirstCheck Africa (ex-MD Endeavor Nigeria), is piloting a fund with a community of women business angels and investors, focused on women, to make it easier for African women entrepreneurs in the digital world to raise capital.
Margaret Junior Europe: Louise Lesueur, 11, TOGETHER!, an application improving the medical follow-up of children and disabled people. Her solution facilitates medical communication between the doctor, the legal guardian(s) and the patient by allowing all those involved in the patient’s care to exchange and consult medical data in one click.
Jury’s coup de coeur: Manon Van Hoorebeke, 17, Programmer, who is working on a community application giving access to information on STEM to young girls: workshops, masterclasses, development of collaborative projects, etc
Margaret Junior Africa: Xaviera Kowo, 18, Programmer, who has developed a waste treatment robot. Capable of picking up debris on its way to transport it to a defined area (garbage garbage cans, recycling center…), in record time.
Jury’s coup de coeur: Rose Goyéli Tuo, 15, X-Market, an application for monitoring urbanization, allowing management of the often anarchic implantation of roadside stores. It thus reduces accidents, neighborhood quarrels, and altercations between vendors and public authorities (seizures, destruction of goods, etc.).