2019 Pinkerton Award Winner
The Master of the WCIT, Lady Parmley, was pleased to announce at the recent 104th Business Lunch that Neil Donaghy was the winner of the 2019 Pinkerton Award. Neil has won the prestigious competition for his excellent paper (available to view online here) on how artificial intelligence in virtual assistants such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana or Apple Siri can positively support those who may feel excluded or disadvantaged. In addition to the Award, the Master will present Neil with a cheque for £1,000 to support him through contributing to his professional development.
The Pinkerton Award is an annual competition run by the WCIT named for John Pinkerton, one of the founders of our Livery Company and a pioneer in the field of IT (John designed and built LEO, the Lyons Electronic Office, the world’s first business computer in 1951). In his memory, The Pinkerton Award recognises excellence amongst the cadre of WCIT Journeymen, young professionals involved in IT who undertake a structured mentoring programme. This year, candidates were asked to submit their entries, using a variety of different media available to them, on how social media is impacting democracy, what the professional advantages of Blockchain are or how virtual assistants can positively support those in society who may feel excluded or disadvantaged. The entries this year were of the customary high calibre; the reputation of the award scheme for the high quality of entries and their intellectual rigour has been maintained.
The three shortlisted finalists were invited to the 104th WCIT Business Lunch in the grand surroundings of Armourers’ Hall where the Master announced the winner on 15th May. Previous winners have spent their prize money on everything from a Chinese language for business course to technical training, and from Financial Services qualifications to building technology to help teach biology in schools – a testament to the wide range of talents we are fortunate to have in our Journeymen. For any questions on the Pinkerton Award, the mentoring programme for young professionals called the Journeyman Scheme or on the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists please contact the Clerk via firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7600 1992.