The British Interactive Media Association (BIMA) is a thriving part of the UK’s digital scene, and reading the list of inductees into its Hall of Fame is like a roll call of who’s who in the British digital industry.
Published annually, the BIMA 100 celebrates those at the forefront of the country’s digital industry, with a panel of industry experts selecting the final 100 individuals from public nominations.
In the words of BIMA: “They’re the thought leaders, changemakers, disruptors and pioneers. They’re established figures within the industry who continue to be at its vanguard. They’re ‘ones to watch’ – new innovators in the chosen digital space who are making everyone else sit up and take notice.”
We were therefore very honoured not only to attend the recent BIMA 100 – Class of 2018 event, but to also sponsor the Talent Champions category alongside high-profile patrons including the likes of Microsoft – a landmark moment for Adam.
The Talent Champions category recognises the individuals who have gone above and beyond to develop outstanding teams, as well as to nurture others in their businesses by ensuring their talent is recognised and developed. We chose to sponsor this category because it perfectly reflects our ethos.
“It’s a privilege to be part of such an inclusive and inspirational community of ground-breaking business leaders,” Richard Gahagan, CEO of Adam, said on the night.
“For a group of such incredible business people, BIMA is a down-to-earth and inclusive community that recognises the best in our sector. We’re proud to sponsor the Talent Champions category of this year’s BIMA 100,” he added.
The event took place on May 8th, and in addition to meeting those who were included in the Class of 2018, we were lucky enough to see two heavyweights of the UK’s digital industry inducted into the BIMA Hall of Fame.
Dr Sue Black, an incredible and inspirational woman, rightly took her place in this illustrious list. She epitomises what can be achieved if you have the right attitude and drive, having studied for her initial computing degree as a single mum at the age of 25.
Fast forward 20 years and Sue is a leading figure in encouraging women to enter the digital industry. Among her many achievements is founding Tech Mums, a platform designed to help single mothers who are carving out a career in digital while balancing their work and family life.
Sue is also credited with saving WWII codebreakers’ landmark Bletchley Park after launching a social media campaign between 2008 and 2011 to preserve the historic site. Listening to her speak was one of the highlights of the evening.
The other inductee into the BIMA Hall of Fame this year was Saul Klein, partner at venture capital fund LocalGlobe. Saul, whose story is no less inspirational from Sue’s, shared a few tales of his time working on some of the world’s biggest digital projects and at leading tech businesses.
From his involvement with Skype and Lovefilm to his time advising the British government, Saul has a rich and varied background in tech and digital that makes him an incredibly worthy addition to the Hall of Fame. He was a fascinating speaker with a wealth of knowledge to share.
You can find the full list of the digital influencers selected for the BIMA 100 – Class of 2018, including all those featured in the Talent Champions category, here.