Please Assess - My Tech Nation Stage 1 Application

Little Background: I am a software Engineer with around 5+ years of experience and am currently in UK on a skilled worker visa.

Letter of Recommendation

  1. Previous VP of Company A and current VP of Company B (my current Employer).
  2. CTO of Company C
  3. Lead Software Engineers - Company D
  4. I have one more LOR from Senior VP from Company A (However my employment with Company A is 11 months - It’s a strong LOR, what should I do?)

Mandatory criteria

  1. How do I demonstrate that I have been recognised as (or recognised as having the potential to be) a leading talent in the digital technology sector in the last 5 years?
  • I worked as a key engineer during some product development for US Army during Ukraine / Russia War. There are articles about my company A for this (Not specifying names). However, i have screenshots of appreciation from all around the company and i can get a Letter of Endorsement from the Director of Engineering of Company A that showcases and highlights my effort. Also, evidence of some monetary benefit I received for my contribution.

  • Letter of Endorsement from my Technical Lead for leading a few projects. How do I provide Github contributions since I have left that company?

  • I digitized the enrollment and more processes for nonprofit community educational institutes. Can provide a letter of Endorsement for my work, and a few testimonials from management members.

  • Assisting in the Digitisation of another registered non-profit organization. (It is in progress, can get the Director’s Letter on letterhead with screenshots of a few chats and talks that I am giving atm).

  • I made some work for another Charity in my master’s and it’s currently being used in the organization. Can i provide that? - Not sure since it has been a part of my studies.

  • I have a high salary. Can provide payslips and everything as evidence.

Optional Criteria

  1. How do I demonstrate that I have been recognised for my work outside of my immediate occupation that contributed to the advancement of the sector?
  • Personal and University’s Github profile showcasing actual contributions. (Not sure how strong that is).

  • Collaboration with non-profit organizations by delivering talks. A letter to confirm and posters? (This is the same organization as above).

  • The complete Digitisation of the non-profit community organization that I mentioned above. Can I use that here?

  • Participated in Women Tech Quest in 2020 and won the competition. Can this be used here?

  • I received a bronze medal in my bachelor’s (with one publication) and am currently enrolled in master’s (almost done). Can this be and should it be provided anywhere in the application?)

3) How do I demonstrate that I have made significant technical, commercial, or entrepreneurial contributions to the field as a founder, senior executive, board member, or employee of a product-led digital technology company?

  1. Again Ukraine / Russia War - How i was a key engineer. Testimonials on letterhead and letters of appreciation - Should I get letters from different people than the ones used in mandatory criteria?
  2. Company A projects and work on multiple projects as a Key Engineer - Technical Lead letters of appreciation
  3. Company B (current company) work - I was the key engineer in one of the projects that came in and it received a lot of appreciation. Can get CTO’s letter?
  4. Company A and Company B contract and payslips. (Again wouldn’t it be repetitive from Mandatory Criteria).

Please help, I feel like my application is weak because I have no big talks etc, or open source contributions.

Also, since my employment at Company A is 11 months, can i not use the letters of appreciation and/or reference as pieces of evidence from those people?

Please review and let me know how can i categorize it in a better way and What are the chances on me getting an endorsement.?