hedgehog lab Product Manager, Tom Ford, has been included in this year's BIMA 100 list of Britain's brightest and best digital talents.
Collated by BIMA, the not-for-profit industry body that represents the digital industry in the UK, the yearly list collates leaders, pioneers, rising stars and innovators from across the nation amongst a range of categories.
Tom has been included in the Tech for Good category, which is supported by Microsoft, in recognition of the work he’s carried out designing and developing his text-to-speech app, My Voice, for Android.
The app provides a simple and accessible way for people with speech difficulties to convert text into speech with support for over 30 languages as well as the ability to save key phrases and select pitch and speed.
Tom was motivated to develop the app after a loved one was diagnosed with a terminal illness, leading him to teach himself coding and develop the app from scratch in his spare time.
My Voice has now amassed over 10,000 users and over 40,000 downloads on the Google Play Store, has been endorsed by the Motor Neurone Disease Association and is helping to improve the quality of life for those with speech difficulties across the world.
I’m sure everyone will join us in giving Tom a massive, massive congratulations for this amazing and richly deserved recognition!
Head over to the BIMA 100 website for the full list.