Please see the following descriptions for more information on each category.
HealthTech Pioneer of the Year
From 3D printing organs to video calling doctors, from curing disease through big data to wearables that monitor chronic conditions, healthcare is a sector ripe for disruption. An overburdened NHS and aging population has meant the sector is increasingly looking toward tech solutions.
Judges are looking to celebrate the pioneering individuals or companies using technology to improve the wellbeing of patients and revolutionise healthcare as we know it.
The UK’s financial technology sector – known as FinTech – is on the crest of a wave and has become a magnet for innovative companies that use technology to make financial services more efficient.
A wide-ranging and exciting category that incorporates the likes of InsurTech, cryptocurrency and digital banks, the judges want to see evidence of the disruptors using technology to transform the sector but staying on the right side of the extensive regulatory issues.
Standing out in the crowded world of online shopping can be a challenge when it takes customers a matter of seconds to abandon their cart and move to a competitor if your site doesn’t perform. Whether you’re a bricks-and-mortar store expanding your online presence or an online-only business rapidly innovating, we want to hear from the fast-growth sites that are implementing new ways of doing things. While sales are a crucial measure of success, user experience and strategy will also play a huge part in creating a site that makes its mark.
Manufacturing is no stranger to technological innovation, with machines forming the bedrock of the sector. Industry 4.0 is set to transform the sector and the judges want to hear from those firms leading the way for the next generation of industry. Whether it’s through automation, digital innovation or emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, it’s clear that Industry 4.0 will be raised on the back of tech.
This category aims to recognise the tech innovators disrupting the transport sector – from driverless cars to smart roads to apps that help people get where they need to be quicker or reduce accident rates. Judges want to hear from those who are helping connect the country and shake up the network leaving travellers with a smoother, more efficient ride.
Most students will now be using technology in their home lives, so it makes sense that technology would become a natural part of their learning too. With the potential to scale, educate in a fun way and support time-poor teachers and provide extra resources outside of the classroom, technology is shaping the way that we learn. Judges are looking for game-changing technology in the world of education.
Data – or rather the misuse of it – has been getting a bad rap recently but there’s no denying that data and interpreting it is the lifeblood of business. Innovative companies are using it to streamline services, cure diseases, increase ROI and boost sales. This award aims to recognise the unsung data and analytics heroes of the year.
What makes the perfect app? There are millions of apps available serving sectors as diverse as health; finance; education; property; transport and leisure but how do you make yours stand out from the crowd? The judges are looking for the app that has really made a difference and gained significant traction.
Innovation is the backbone of progress, which is a word that strikes at the very heart of technology. This category aims to celebrate the pioneers using technology to throw out the old and bring in the new with extraordinary results in their sector. The judges will be looking for evidence of how innovation has had a transformative effect on outcomes. Open to all sectors.
UK funders have a reputation for being risk-averse when it comes to technology with tech start-ups and scale-ups often struggling to secure investment. This category wants to recognise the funders; private equity houses; angel investors etc who are funding technology.
With social initiatives and charities notoriously overstretched and under-resourced, nothing has the potential for social impact like tech. From maximising existing resources in a one-person charity to alleviating the burden on the NHS, the judges want to hear from the tech that’s changing lives for the better.
Technology is the engine fuel for growth so it’s hardly surprising that many of the UK’s fastest-growing companies are underpinned by tech. The judges want to hear from companies across all sectors that have significantly increased user base, turnover or services in the last 12 months through the clever use of tech.
This category celebrates the incredible tech companies with a turnover of up to £10m across all sectors that have been making their mark during the last year. They can include micro businesses to international companies doing amazing things with tech. Entries should demonstrate their commitment to tech innovation.
This category celebrates the incredible tech companies with a turnover of up to £50m across all sectors that have been making their mark during the last year. They can include micro businesses to international companies doing amazing things with tech. Entries should demonstrate their commitment to tech innovation.
This category celebrates the incredible tech companies with a turnover of over £50m across all sectors that have been making their mark during the last year. They can include micro businesses to international companies doing amazing things with tech. Entries should demonstrate their commitment to tech innovation.
With digital agencies growing rapidly to meet the demands of an increasingly digital workforce, the judges are looking for the agency that stands out as a little different while also delivering consistently high-quality work. Whether it’s growing their client base or exceeding the expectations of existing clients all while using digital tools in a smart way, this category aims to showcase the agency that’s using digital to stand out from the crowd.
With the next generation growing up as digital natives, it’s clear that the future of the sector is in their hands. With many of tech’s brightest stars making an impact before the age of 30, it’s clear there is some exciting potential coming up through the ranks. Entrants must be under the age of 30 (by November 20, 2018) and already making a name for themselves in the sector.
Businesses need dynamic entrepreneurs and the tech sector has more than the most. Some have high profiles but other prefer to work tirelessly behind the scenes away from the public eye. The judges want to recognise the tycoons with the x-factor. They could be an unsung hero of a team, a founder, CEO or CTO, or someone who takes more of a supporting role.