Sophie HebdidgeWhat happened next for Sophie Hebdidge?

In this ongoing series, we speak to our winners about life after winning a TechWomen100 Award.

Now in their sixth year, the TechWomen100 Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in tech – the emerging tech talent and role models for the future.

We spoke with Sophie Hebdidge, who won a TechWomen100 Award in 2021.

Sophie Hebdidge is the Academy Director and CTO at futureproof, a technology training company which supports diverse talent in forging a tech career through comprehensive training, deployment, and ongoing support.

She is also the founder of Techniclarity, which gives female founders the tech know-how they need to lead their start-ups. Sophie began her career at Barclays as a business analyst, before moving on to develop some of the world’s leading coding communities in London and New York. She is also a serial founder and CTO, notably developing voicebots which equip teenage girls with the skills they need to manage their own mental health.

Whether facilitating an advanced Python course or educating senior leaders on cybersecurity, Sophie is deeply passionate about helping women create and understand technology.

How did you feel when it was announced that you’d won a TechWomen100 award?

I couldn’t quite believe it and was even more excited when the physical award came in the post, I’ve never had anything like that happen before! I’ve worked for nearly all of my career to support and encourage women into tech and I felt really proud to be recognised for this work.

Please tell us what has happened in your career since winning the TechWomen100 award?

Since my award futureproof has gone on to scale up quite rapidly, we’re now training 3x more people than we were last year and have won numerous more awards including Best Small Employer from the Women in Tech Awards.

What advice would you give to someone else going through the award’s process?

Your work will speak for itself, just keep doing amazing work and it will be recognised.

Also don’t be ashamed to shout about the fact that you are nominated and you want people to vote for you!

What tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers? 

Focus on what motivates you and keep trying to do work that makes a difference.