The trophies have been given out, toasts have been made and the canapés have been eaten. After four fantastic global events recognizing the work of organizations and individuals across the cloud industry, the Digital Revolution Awards 2023 season has come to a close.
Throughout the Digital Revolution Awards 2023 events, we saw many outstanding winners take the stage, receiving a round of applause for making a positive impact on our world through the use of cloud technology.
Now it’s time to shine a spotlight on some of those worthy victors and showcase the fantastic work that made them winners in the Digital Revolution Awards.
In this Meet the Winners blog, we’re getting to know the first-ever winner of our Outstanding Contribution to the Google Community (UK) award, Laura Morinigo.
This year, we brought in a brand new category to acknowledge the incredible strides being made in the fast-growing Google Cloud space. Our Outstanding Contribution to the Google Cloud Community prize was created to recognize the efforts of those working with the Google Cloud platform, and champion the individuals and organizations that are empowering and leading this burgeoning community of cloud professionals.
In our search for our first-ever winner, our judging panel was looking for a trailblazing professional whose work within the community is enabling and inspiring Google Cloud users to accomplish their goals, whether they’re related to business objectives, technological innovation, or professional development.
Enter Laura Morinigo.
A veteran cloud professional whose commitment to advocacy, education, and inclusivity is second to none, Laura is a shining star in the Google Cloud world. Her work has introduced countless young people to tech and opened doors to life-changing opportunities for those from at-risk and underrepresented backgrounds through boot camps and education programmes.
Laura has also used her tech expertise to help good causes, like Google Launchpad and the United Nations’ World Food Programme, deliver services more effectively with cloud technology.
Hailing from Argentina and currently living in London, Laura works as a Principal Engineer and Web Developer Advocate for Samsung Internet at Samsung Research Institute UK. In this role, she works on open-source projects, builds demos, and takes part in events to get the word out about advanced web features that help web developers to create more inclusive web apps.
But her passionate evangelism for tech doesn’t stop there. Aiming to bring opportunities to budding coders from all walks of life, Laura has been involved in many education projects including teaching coding in cities all across the world.
Everywhere Laura has travelled throughout her career, she’s brought her generous spirit and enthusiasm for knowledge sharing. In New York, she taught a summer school program that helped at-risk youths build fundamental coding skills, including how to tackle hardware and software problems.
She also co-founded Río de La Plata Google Developer Group, giving Google developers a space in which to share knowledge, spread best practices, and communicate news related to Google Technologies like Android, Angular, and HTML5. After relocating to London, she has continued to cement her role as a pillar of the community, acting as a Community Leader for GDG Cloud London. And, through her work with Thinkful, Laura has empowered young tech professionals from Europe and the US to set and achieve goals as part of the Thinkful Fullstack bootcamp.
Laura has not only used her knowledge to help individuals, but also organizations, supporting start-ups participating in accelerator programs like Google Launchpad and the United Nations’ World Food Programme. Her work has already earned her a spot as a Google Developer Expert for Firebase.
And her drive to create opportunities for underrepresented professionals has also landed her a role as an Ambassador in Google’s Woman Techmakers programme; a global initiative aiming to highlight the talent of women in technology, and empower female technologists through access to increased visibility, community, and resources.
She’s also an accomplished writer and speaker, regularly sharing her knowledge at conferences, online events, and through articles, video blogs and social media.
We chatted with Laura at the UK ceremony to hear all about her win.
“It feels like such a recognition of all the amazing work we’ve been doing with the tech community,” she said.
“We’ve been doing a lot of feedback events, we’ve been creating a lot of spaces to promote having more diversity. So this feels like a sign that we need to continue working!
“This is also a great way to give visibility to all the work that people are doing, and it also feels like a way to promote your efforts and for people to get to know you better.”
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