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Best Use of Data

The Best Use of Data Award will recognise innovative activity rooted in data-driven insight. The winning work will show that data was used not only to solve a problem but how it contributed to the overall mission.

2023 – Wordnerds
2022 – Waterstons
2021 – Wordnerds & DWP

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award is for an individual, team, organisation or network taking positive action and making significant contribution to create an equitable, diverse, and inclusive digital sector either within the workplace or wider community.

2023 – Opencast
2022 – Success4All
2021 – Cognassist

Growth Explosion

The Growth Explosion Award is a celebration of growth and success of IT and tech organisations in the North East – creating job opportunities, building companies, expanding through wider field projects. Nominations are expected from both scale up and established organisations in the North East.

2023 – Opencast
2022 – Opencast
2021 – SoPost

Innovator of the Year

The Innovator of the Year Award will recognise individuals or teams who have developed a ground

breaking product or service for the IT and tech industry.

2023 – Oliver Wyman
2022 – iamproperty
2021 – Opportuni

Project of the Year

This award recognises projects that have delivered exceptional impact on the IT and tech industry. Projects will demonstrate innovative solutions across the public, private or not for profit sectors, Nominations can be collaborative projects.

2023 – Kinewell Energy
2022 – Newcastle College/Great North Children’s Hospital (Public Sector)
2022 – Bulien (Corporate)
2021 – iamproperty (Corporate)
2021 – DWP Digital (Public Sector)

Rising Star

The Rising Star Award will recognise an individual with less than 3 years experience in the IT and tech sector who goes above and beyond to combine their ‘day job’ with extra projects. They will have made a strong impact in their role showing leadership potential ahead of their grade.

2023 – Uffa Modey – hedgehog lab
2022 – Helen Robson – Connect Health
2021 – Elena Lanzarini – Wordnerds

Skills Developer

The Skills Developer Award will recognise organisations and individuals who are excelling in innovative training, initiatives or apprenticeship programmes that contribute to the development of the North East skills pipeline.

2022 – Gateshead College
2021 – Aspire Technology Solutions
2020 – Baltic Apprenticeships

Sustainability in Tech 

This award is open to any organisation that is taking steps to make a positive impact on the environment or supporting others to do so. We are looking for organisations that are using technology or other innovations to reduce carbon emissions and improving overall sustainability of their business and stakeholders.

2023 – NBS

2022 – Connect Energy

International Success

This category will showcase the many global success stories from organisations expanding across the globe from their base in the North East.

2023 – Oliver Wyman

Tech for Good

This award will recognise an organisation or individual who uses digital technology to improve the lives of others and make the world a better place. This award shines a light on the projects, organisations or individuals that harness the power of tech to benefit the community.

2023 – Paul McMurray – Donation Genie
2022 – Success4All
2021 – Notify Technology Ltd

Tech Champion

A ‘Tech Champion’ can be defined as an individual or organisation who has gone above and beyond for the benefit of the North East tech sector. They have the passion, intent and drive to learn, embrace change and set an example for others to follow. They are passionate about helping others to collaborate and share their knowledge.

2023 – Phil Jackman – CyberNorth
2022 – Dan Fitzpatrick – Education Partnership North East
2021 – Dylan McKee – Nebula Labs