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9 Inspiring Women in Tech who changed the future

9 Inspiring women in Tech

As we are a FEMALE LED business, it’s our duty to spread the empowerment! So here are 9 inspiring Women in Tech who CHANGED the future…

According to Adeva IT, as of 2018, women held only 25% of all the jobs in the tech industry, despite women making up almost half of the total workforce. What’s worse, this number is lower than the percentage of tech jobs held by women back in the 1980s.* 


It is a known factor that in STEM roles and Manufacturing that women are much less likely to be working in these sectors, due to many reasons such as  

  • Not enough awareness in education – young women simply aren’t aware of STEM roles 
  • Lack of interest  
  • Competition – women are pushed to non-technical roles and there is still a lot of gender inequality within these sectors.  
But at HanaTech, we are here to thrive off the positive, to share the successes of all in the STEM and Manufacturing realm as well as Small Businesses, but today our focus is sharing 9 Inspiring Women in Tech from the past until now…  

9. Dr. Shirley Jackson: Modern Day Telecommunication 

A more modern-day female inventor, Shirley made history as the first black woman to graduate with a PhD from MIT in 1973* 

In her career, Dr. Jackson has brought breakthrough scientific research in telecommunications that enabled others to invent the portable fax, touch tone telephone, solar cells, fiber optic cables, and the technology behind caller ID and call waiting. She is still active now – check out the Black Inventor site for more – * 

9. Mary Anderson: Inventor of the Windscreen Wiper 

Although it may seem simple, or an obvious necessity now, there was a time when cars were invented without windscreen wipers (which seems crazy to imagine cars without!) Mary invented the wiper in 1902.. Before Henry Ford even started manufacturing cars?! 

Though she had trouble selling her invention at first, eventually Cadillac included her invention on its vehicles in 1922* 


7. Ruth Amonette – IBM vice president

Ruth was the first woman to hold a corporate position at 27 years of age for International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) which is an American multinational technology and consulting company and Ruth was also one of very few women who held such high positions of authority at all in the United States. She has been seen as an icon of inspiration over the years as a successful business woman – you can find Ruth on the IBM site in the hall of fame here.  

6. Marie Curie – Radio Activity

Marie Curie really paved the way to the future of radioactive treatments – specifically for Cancer treatements. She discovered the elements radium and Polonium which were such huge breakthrough she is one of the most well known female scientists to this day, and rightfully so. In 1903 Marie and her Husband Pierre won a Nobel Prize for their contributions to radioactivity in science.  

As many of us know today, Marie Curie’s name has been used for a charity to support research into treatments for terminal illness and is known by its yellow daffodil logo. You can find more information here.

5. Ada Lovelace – Computer programmer 

You’ve probably heard of Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace – widely appreciated as the first person to recognise the computer and its potentials, thus being the first computer programmer.

‘In the mid-1800s, English computer pioneer and mathematician Charles Babbage asked Lovelace to translate an article about his proposed mechanical computer, the analytical engine. Lovelace not only translated the article, but she also expanded it by theorizing a way of getting the machine to repeat a set of instructions, something that would later become known as ‘looping’’*


This really was the start to what we know today – the creation of the computer and its understanding of the algorithm to the growing technology and AI we have today. 

4. Grace Hopper – Coding of the Computer 

Grace Hopper aka the ‘Queen of Code’, virtually invented coding during the 1940s*


Similarly to Lovelace but over a century on, Hopper converted English terms into code that computer machines could understand, a huge turning point in computer technology. Coding is vital for most things, whether it is website design or software applications, Hopper made it possible for us to translate. She worked right the way up to her death at 85, serving many years in the U.S. Navy and being awarded Admiral – one of the few females in this position at the time.

3. Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube 

Susan Wojcicki started off being involved with the founding of Google which is where she worked as their Marketing Manager as Google’s sixteenth employee. As she was working her way up adding more contributions to Google’s AdSense and more, she suggested their acquisition of YouTube, which she then became CEO of in 2014.  

“Tech is an incredible force that will change our world in ways we can’t anticipate. If that force is only 20 to 30% women, that is a problem,” Wojcicki has said. We love the bold stance she takes against gender discrimination.

YouTube is one of, if not the biggest platform out there available – hosting thousands of Youtuber’s who hold millions of subscribers – there is something on there for everyone. Digital jobs are on the rise due to the shift in technology – which make the job roles more desireable. Don’t know how to do something? ‘YouTube’ it.  

2. Anne Boden, CEO, Starling Bank 

Boden founded Starling Bank in 2014, where she is now CEO and a member of its board of directors, with the aim of creating a bank as focused on customer experience as possible*


Starling Bank, is a Digital/Mobile-only Bank, which has won ‘best british bank’ 3 years in a row. It’s rival – Monzo, was started by a former partner of Boden’s, who she had disagreements with which resulted in him leaving Starling – to set up Monzo.  

Anne wanted to create something entirely new, something which fits in with the times which she completed extremely well – there are over 1 million Starling accounts now in the UK. In 2018, Anne received an MBE for services to financial technology. 

1. Hana Robertson – MD, HanaTech Ltd.

We can’t not include our very own founder in our Inspiring Women in Tech list now can we?! (FYI not written by Hana herself of course) 

Hana has worked in tech roles for over 15 years, starting out doing her Manufacturing Engineering and Business Degree in 2001. She is extremely passionate about her stance as a female in tech; she knows it’s a much smaller percentage to be in and wants to push herself to be as sucessful as possible – but not without making a difference.  

Hana founded HanaTech in 2019, providing Digital Process Improvement to the local Manufacturing Industry and more.

What makes her so inspiring? 

She is passionate about making change, but not for a financial benefit. She has her vision – transforming the industry from Traditional Factory to Factory of the FutureOne Quick Win at a Time.  

Hana is working on multiple projects which will soon be revealed, but she is already making a difference and has plans to expand her change manangement across multiple businesses. The technology adaptation is underway, but there are still many people who aren’t ready – Hana wants to prepare people to be as successful as they can be, offering support and really making that difference.  

We hope you enjoyed our list – from past to present and FUTURE of Inspiring Women in Tech…

There is a need for change in the Tech industry – see this report for more information and stats and what we need to do to close the gender gap in technology.

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11 amazing innovations all around us

For our 11th Day – 11 amazing innovations all around us that are so obvious you never even notice them… 

We are going to show you 11 tech innovations that you probably can’t live without and have played huge parts to society and are just plain genius!  

1. The Camera/ Recording Devices 

Amazing innovations

Although you may not realise it, the invention of the camera paved the way for so many things to which we use today and we couldn’t be without.

‘In 1685, German author Johann Zahn proposed a design for the first handheld reflex camera. French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce is now widely accepted as the creator of photography as we now know it. Using a homemade camera, he produced the first partially successful photograph in 1816 on paper coated with silver chloride.’* 


Fast forward a few hundred years.. 

The invention of the camera was necessary for technology to develop from film to digital, and all the way to the tiny camera on our gadgets. Camera’s have made possible deeper connections through communication all over the world – with internet of course. Through the likes of Skype, social media apps, video calls and Zoom, most of use video every single day. 

2. Voice activation devices or better known as – “Alexa?” “Hey Google!”  

Amazon Alexa

New data from Strategy Analytics show that over 1-in-5 UK households had a smart speaker as of the end of June 2019.*


And I’m willing to bet that even more of us have them now that we work from home… These devices have become so second nature; having lots of different abilities to even turn on lights! There are still a few of us that feel a bit weary that a device is listening.. But don’t worry, there aren’t little people with a headset on listening to your every word… they are activated with their ‘names’. Remember Siri? 

The iPhone helper came out in 2011, to which many of us started asking it to tell a joke… (go on ask it now, you love a dad joke…) 

3. Finger Print and Face Recognition 

iPhone Face ID

We have all been so used to unlocking our phones with the touch  of our fingers that we forget we own a passcode!

The fingerprint technology was released in 2013 – they do have their flaws though, especially if you’ve been in the bath for too long and it does’t recognise those wrinkled finger tips… 

Facial recognition actually dates back to as far as the 60’s – as a computer application. 

FaceID was the one who took the storm – Apple’s technology bypassed all of the other’s, being the fastest most efficient feature, although there are times it doesn’t work. I guess nothing is perfect though right? 

4. Touch Pay and Digital Wallets 

Contactless payment

And we thought the invention of bank cards was great, not having to carry around cash.. but then the contactless payment was even better although wisely at a limit… 

In 2014 Apple Pay was released; a mobile digital wallet which allows payments in stores and online without the need for a chip and pin card. Although at first many people didn’t trust it which lead to a slow start, globally over 43% of us are using it now.  

As we mentioned in day 12, the mobile phone is now the modern day swiss army knife.. It being the only thing you need to carry around. 

5. McDonalds – Self serve Kiosk 

Gone are the days of needing to talk to a staff member to order your food.. This innovation may seem simple, but it’s pure genius. Some may say that it ‘cuts off the human interaction’ which in some ways yes, however when you really think about it, you’re there to get your food and eat it hence ‘fast food’. 

McDonalds Kiosk

The Self Serve Kiosk manufactured by Evoke Creative started in 2015, and really changed the game. A few major pro’s: Quicker when the queues are longer, getting much more trade in with the extra ’tills’, Great for inclusivity of those who find it hard to communicate physically due to health reasons, easy to clean/wipe down after use – Check out Evoke’s site for more technical pro’s.  

6. Video Doorbell and Home Security 

Not everyone has one of these, but they sure are taking off to be one of the amazing innovations recently. In 2013, inventor Jamie Siminoff brought his idea for a video doorbell to TV’s “Shark Tank,” the US version of Dragon’s Den, hoping to find a backer for his new company. The sharks flatly rejected him. But the product, Ring, became a huge hit, and Amazon purchased his company in 2018 for over $1 billion. 

RING Doorbell

RING are an innovative brand integrating their High Definition video doorbell to an App, so you are able to save recordings, use the microphone to speak to people at the door whereever you may be and track motion outside through sensors. Alike Alexa and Google Home, many people have a RING doorbell installed; they are user friendly and provide clear pictures that other standard security cameras cannot. 

7. GPS and Sat Nav’s to Google Maps 

We all got frustrated when we went on road trips and nobody could hold the map the right way up. But Satellite navigation systems appeared; The first was Transit, a system deployed by the US military in the 1960s.*  Publicly available GPS devices had already been around since the early 1980s – Around 2000 were when companies started releasing GPS systems such as MapQuest. 

But MapQuest was still online, meaning you had to print off your route. Fast forward to now – Google took over the game to be one of the most amazing innovations to date. 

Google Maps

Google maps was released in 2005, and 1 year later came street view which meant that they no longer needed to rely on third parties to get information. Google really developed the digital maps system to what it is today – most people use it on mobile devices to navigate almost anywhere. 


8. Gaming all over the world

Gaming is one of the biggest industries out there – with 4 out of 5 households owning a console. Starting off from even before consoles appeared, arcade games and Space Invaders started the path which has grew to what we are at today with online gaming. Ideas had floating around for online gaming when consoles were around, but internet either a) didn’t exist or b) when it did, it just wasn’t fast enough.  

SEGA Arcade

It wasn’t until the release of the Sega Dreamcast, the world’s first Internet-ready console, in 2000, that real advances were made in online gaming as we know it today.* 

The release of Runescape in 2001 was a game changer. MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing games) allows millions of players worldwide to play, interact and compete against fellow fans on the same platform.* 


Fast forward to now, where people all over the world play games online, connecting with each other and even making money being professional gamers, but with making money means pumping money: Millennials spend an average of $112 a month on gaming content, according to a 2019 report from gaming research company SuperData** 

Mobile is the most popular platform for gaming millennials with 81% representation. Consoles are second with 60%, followed by PC at 30%** 


Gamers can continue playing on a mobile device during their commute, and then resume the game at home… pretty much gaming whereever they want. 


9. Drones – For all kinds of Uses 

Although they get a bad reputation and have been a controversial topic, Drones are a huge step in technology and we are yet to see their full potential.  

Advanced Drones are still relatively new; the first recorded use was in WW1 for military weapons having the ability to be un-manned. But asides from Military, Drones have been adopted in many other sectors including commercial, research, government, emergency health and even deliveries – one amazing innovation!


BI Intelligence expects sales of drones to top $12 billion in 2021. And no small amount of that will come from the sale of personal drones used for film-making, recording, still photography and gaming by common tech-savvy enthusiasts.*


Huge corporations like Amazon and Google are testing ways to deliver packages with drones. Facebook is using drones to provide Internet connections in remote locations. And there’s even a start-up that’s using unmanned aircraft to deliver tacos to your door. *


So in the near future you could receive your package by a flying saucer… 

10. E – commerce 

There once was a time where you could only buy products in person at a store (can you even IMAGINE not procrastinating on clothing websites in your dinner break)  

E-commerce shopping

Online shopping is higher than ever before, it was always on the increase due to its efficiency and ease of access but in 2020, the pandemic has only sped up the process.  

1979 – It all began when Michael Aldrich ‘invented’ online shopping.  Using videotex, a two way message service, it revolutionised businesses. We now know this as e-commerce.* 


Fast forward a few years to 1991 – The internet is commercialised and we saw the birth of e-commerce. Really, online shopping is still young, but it has spiked dramatically and given businesses so much more opportunity and space to trade.  

In today’s climate, the rise of online presence in social media has integrated e-commerce into social platforms; Facebook and Instagram offering ‘shop’ features to easily purchase an item at the touch of a button. Whilst may seem risky.. It’s only really risky to those who fall victim to the sneaky marketing.. *10% off.. BUY IT NOW* 

11. Self Driving Cars  

Whilst here in the UK it’s not something your average next door neighbour owns, it’s very much underway. Tesla are the most popular electric car company, Elon musk, Tesla’s CEO stated in June that he expects to have self-driving commercially available vehicles by the end of 2020 as he’s been testing one himself for his commute, although we are yet to see if this plan succeeds.  


Tesla’s cars are like mobile phones, they have ‘updates’. October 20th they rolled out their self driving update to select consumers to test, which make the vehicles slow and cautious* 


‘In GM’s 1939 exhibit, Norman Bel Geddes created the first self-driving car, which was an electric vehicle guided by radio-controlled electromagnetic fields generated with magnetized metal spikes embedded in the roadway. By 1958, General Motors had made this concept a reality.’

Other companies like Honda, Toyota and Volvo are aiming to deliver on-Highway driverless cars by 2021. 

We hope you enjoyed reading our 11 amazing innovations all around you.. how many things do you see around YOU? Tune in tomorrow to to find out ADVICE and TIPS on how to TIME MANAGE effectively! Alternatively, contact us or follow us on our socials to keep up to date –

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Online VS. Retail – What is the all important future of Black Friday and retail shopping through LOCKDOWN 2.0?

As Black Friday looms, for many businesses large and small this is their peak trading time. For some, this is even their best time of year OVER Boxing Day sales. But how has Black Friday shopping progressed over the last few years? 

The huge sales day takes place on the last Friday of November, usually the day after Thanksgiving Day which is why it originated in the U.S. – regarded as the beginning of the Christmas Shopping season. Interestingly, Amazon – an online based company – brought it to the UK back in 2010 but it’s only been recent few years that is has really taken off and pretty much every company out there has jumped on the bandwagon. The day is notoriously known in many countries for being one of the most disruptive, sometimes even abusive days due to masses of customers fighting over a last product on the shelf, from toys to TV, as it’s commonly known that large tech appliance stores such as Currys PC World take part with great discounts.

But is Black Friday itself really as important as it used to be?

Person Shopping on Laptop

As retailers are battling their competitors’ prices, companies are starting their sales even earlier than the Friday, sometimes even starting on the Monday instore and online. So, over time, it has turned this whole week into a relevant time period for retailers to make the most of the high number of sales.


A Forbes study last year: 

“Black Friday, traditionally known for driving in-store traffic, for the first time beat Cyber Monday in the number of e-commerce shoppers by 10 million, totaling 93.2 million in the U.S. That online fervor beat even Black Friday’s own in-store traffic of 84.2 million shoppers”*


The study shows more and more people are heading towards online shopping on Black Friday every year, and not just waiting for Cyber Monday to grab the deals. Cyber Monday traditionally is known for exactly what it says – online shopping. But seems the whole week may as well be called ‘cyber deals week’… 

Now more than ever has the world shifted towards online presence due to pandemic, shutting most retailers for most of the year 2020 so far. 

It looks like we won’t be standing in long lines outside shops and department stores this year, as two thirds (66%) of Black Friday shoppers said they plan to do it all online. This is an increase from 2019, where 56% only shopped online on Black Friday.**

Fewer Brits are planning to take part in Black Friday and Cyber Monday in 2020 compared to 2019. Last year, 42% of adults planned to do so, whereas this year the number has gone down to 39%.

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Even though the pandemic has changed so many of our living circumstances, the predicted amounts spend are still high, in fact higher than last year. Maybe it’s due to the lack of spending this whole year? Or some retail therapy to compensate for the lows of the year? But there’s one thing for certain; all of us will be shopping online in the UK due to the closure of all ‘non-essential’ stores.

But in reality, the online customers are rising yearly – due to the ease and efficiency of purchasing online, the non-existent crowds and fighting, the time effectiveness and more. Yet, we see that a lot of us still prefer to shop in store; reasons such as ability to see, touch and feel the product in person and it’s assess quality, and to try items on for size without having to order multiple sizes and return online, and some simply to be loyal to the business. 


So, what lies ahead? As the inevitable shift in online shoppers increases and people become more digitally inclined, retailers and other businesses will be forced to adapt to continue to trade into their future. Companies are delving into augmented reality as emerging technology becomes more accessible; the use of 360 degrees and 3D images, and product videos has been a growing feature on many online stores, but looks soon to be upgraded to a ‘try on before you buy’ concept as this is one of the key reasons why people still shop in store. 

Facebook already have ‘try on’ AR features in it’s ads which came out in 2018. And there is a move towards ‘visual’ search to replace the traditional text type search bar – an easier way to search for similar products across the marketplace using an image / photo rather than having to try to describe what you need in words –

A picture paints a thousand words. 

Our WHY CHANGE? Page highlights key events and reasons why retailers need to revolutionise their processes – Toys’r’us being a key case study along with Primark now throughout 2020 losing £2billion+ so far due to no e-commerce platform. In comparison, new brands that choose to use an ‘online first’ methodology and sell predominately online with little to no stores whatsoever, such as fast fashion brands, are thriving and continuing to be on the increase.  

If you need any support whether you are a large or small business, with an e-commerce site and more, we can help! Email us at [email protected] or contact for advice and we can suggest what will work best for you!

Let us know what you think by following us on our socials (scan barcode below or use the link) – we will be posting LOTS more content over BLACK FRIDAY WEEK So join in the conversation!  

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COVID-19; What’s next for businesses in MANUFACTURING …

Since the UK lockdown in March, many in the manufacturing industry were left with questions, uncertainty and lots of spare time on their hands, due to the majority of the country either on furlough or finding themselves working from home.

According to in April 2020, 46.6% of people in employment did some work from home. However, for many sectors of the manufacturing industry, working from home just isn’t possible currently, without significant advances in virtual or augmented reality… 

‘At the beginning of 2020, the UK manufacturing sector experienced its sharpest decline in output since 2013..* 

“For the last couple of years, it’s been tough for the manufacturing sector – firms have been holding off spending on long-term hiring, investment, recruitment and machinery,” says Seamus Nevin, the chief economist at Make UK. “A degree of certainty was starting to be restored this year. But this pandemic has created a whole new set of uncertainties. It’s disrupted supply chains [and] customer demand.”*  

During all of the struggles the pandemic has produced, there is also a huge correlation between the rise of online usage; understandably. What else has everyone been doing other than recording TikTok dance challenges all lockdown, watching the daily news updates on Covid-19 or panic buying pasta and toilet roll online? 

‘From how we interact with others, read the news, connect with businesses and make purchasing decisions; having a digital presence is extremely powerful and isn’t showing any sign of leaving. Online has around 3.2 billion users worldwide, which is a crazy 42% of the population. Users are spending an average of 2 hours and 22 minutes per day on social media and 3.26 billion people are using their mobile phones to access the platforms, which is up 10% from last year. As being online and accessible is becoming increasingly popular in our daily lives, it offers businesses more and more opportunities to reach out to their audiences.’** 

So how does this relate to businesses in manufacturing? As we know, we currently cannot run an entire factory from home, however… You CAN use the rising online presence to your advantage… 

Web 2.0 is very much among us; people are using their smartphones more than ever before. There have been new job roles entirely created in the past 10 years due to the rise in Technology – more jobs, more opportunities. Time is an inevitable thing, as well as change and development; by embracing digital improvements you will become the innovator in a hugely competitive market. The way social media platforms provide marketing tools are so impressive, you can now advertise your entire business sat in the comforts of your own home. 

But where do I start? 

All of your potential clients and current ones are reachable at the click of a button. By starting with small quick wins, such as creating a Facebook Page for your business and reaching out for reviews, you find connections who then… find connections. Whilst physical interaction is currently on the low, you can still be visible very easily to your customers, to show that you are here to support, albeit virtually, and that you are trading and you still exist. Out of sight out of mind certainly does not have to be the case. 

HanaTech is here to help from those small quick wins to full digital process improvement – creating your digital path and putting your business back on top. Innovation is key in an ever-changing tech world, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult process… 

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