Meet the 2020 Ultimate STEM Challenge Judges

Meet the judges who chose the 2020 Ultimate STEM challenge finalists for the Hackathon.

For an update on the 2020 Hackathon Event please click here.


The deadline for entries for the 2020 Ultimate STEM Challenge has now closed. This year’s theme focused on ‘wearable tech’ inviting pupils across the UK to come up with amazing ideas for new wearable tech that will improve our lives in the future. For the first time this year the challenge was opened to 9 to 11-year olds across the UK. With entries to be judged in two categories: age 9-11 and age 11-14. Our judging panel were tasked to review over 3900 entries from over 270 UK schools.


Let’s meet the Judges:

James Gladding, Technology Futures Delivery Manager at bp

A technology leader with 17 years’ experience in Engineering, Research & Development and senior technology roles. James is part of bp's Technology Futures team focusing on the role of technology in influencing and enabling the energy transition.

Kerry Baker, Strategic Initiatives Lead, STEM Learning

Kerry has engineering degree and a PhD focusing on women in engineering. She has worked in STEM education for twenty years helping to empower the next generation of scienist. 

Marija Butkovic, CEO and Co-founder, Women of Wearables

Marija is the CEO of a global women in tech company, that champions women in tech.

Sarah Davy, secondary school science teacher and education content writer

A secondary science teacher with over ten years’ experience. In that time Sarah has worked as a STEM co-ordinator, Head of Biology, Year team lead, as well as a Gifted and Talented co-ordinator.

Sonny Sharma, Founder New Ways to Learn & Spongy Elephant

Sonny was an Assistant Headteacher for ICT development and remains a School Governor for Training & Development. He is also a keynote speaker and has headlined events for Apple and Microsoft.


Last year’s winners from Blundell’s School Sophia Rochfort and Freya Gillard were the winning the 2019 Ultimate STEM challenge with their invention of a device designed for coffee machines that measures any size of cups, cutting down on plastic pollution and one-use cups. They said that the best part of the experience was designing building the prototype'. 


“We’re both very pleased to have won! We can’t believe it! We … loved presenting today and meeting all the other finalists.” - Freya

2019 Winners - Sophia Rochfort and Freya Gillard