Women of Tech: the top 5 app creators to take note of

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Avator By Lauren Noakes
Marketing Assistant
Published 8th March 2020
Last modified 9th May 2022
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International Women’s Day is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate all the extraordinary, brilliant and innovative women of the world and loveit coverit were keen to get on board!

We wanted to showcase 5 incredible women who harnessed their creative skill and keen motivation to produce widely-known applications amid a male-dominated industry.

So, here are the top 5 women that astounded us with their technical genius.

1. Tan Hooi Ling
Tan Hooi Ling impressed the masses when she co-founded her transport application, Grab. Similar to platforms such as Uber and Lyft, Grab allows users to hail a taxi from their phone and track progress. However, this application exceeds this one use alone. In fact, the platform also offers a food delivery service.

So, Ling ensured that whatever the needed service, you can take proactive measures on your device from whatever location.
2. Roni Frank
Talkspace is a highly-renowned application that offers affordable and accessible therapy solutions to its users. Roni, and her partner, co-founded the platform after undergoing a counselling experience that ultimately saved their marriage.

Since then, the application has grown from strength to strength – from previously existing as a group therapy platform to then evolving into a full-scale psychotherapy support that is available to users worldwide.

Furthermore, this application has continually raised notable funds over recent years and has undoubtedly earned its place as one of the most progressive therapy applications on the market.
3. Robyn Exton
If we know shift our focus over to how applications have evolved to support those LBGTQ+ community, we must consider Robyn Exton who created the app, ‘HER’.

This story is particularly notable due to its origins. One morning, Robyn woke up and realised that she had won the EuroMillions – discovering she was only one number short of the jackpot. This win awarded her with 3500 pounds which she went on to invest in a risky business venture. Quite clearly, her decision paid off.

The app itself offers a safe platform for gay women to communicate with one another – allowing them the same dating opportunities that many other apps offer heterosexual individuals. And with 70% of LBGTQ+ couples meeting through dating apps, Robyn’s creation certainly find a lack of demand!
4. Christina Kehl
When it comes to insurance, it can all be a bit confusing. That’s exactly why Christina Kehl’s application, Knip, was so impactful and consequently successful.

Knip allows you to track your policies, premium and benefits all in one simple format. And, what’s more, the application offers advice from the insurance experts so that you can feel fully assured that your insurance policy is doing exactly what you expect.

This application is undoubtedly still in a growth phase, however, we don’t doubt it will be long until it becomes a widespread tool for the masses.
5. Ida Tin
Ida Tin’s creation is a godsend to women across the globe!

Clue is a menstrual health app that allows users to track their period, fertility and pre-menstrual syndrome – allowing them to prepare and avoid any undesirable situations. What’s more, it also allows users to track their health in terms of various categories, such as; exercise, hair, skin, digestion.

The app launched in 2013 and since then has continued to grow in notability. It’s safe to say that we don’t expect that it will stop anytime soon.

It can be easy to focus on the negativity surrounding women within the technology predominantly because of the huge gender imbalance within the industry. And this is understandable, as it is estimated that women make up a mere 25% of the entire workforce. However, it’s equally as important to recognise all the brilliant work that women have achieved within the industry as well as the work that will arise in future years.


With this wider perspective and the evolving social acceptance of working women in certain industries, there is no reason to suggest that the future will not continue in this bright manner.