The SPARKies tech and digital awards, now in its sixth year, shines a light on the amazing wealth of tech and creative professionals, startups and businesses in the West of England. We want to highlight the innovation being created in such abundance in and around Bristol and Bath, and the people and businesses who make it possible.
Here you can find out a bit about all the categories so that you can get your nominating hats on to help us celebrate the best in tech in the West.
One for the under 25s. This award will go to the individual, whether an employee of a tech company, post grad or entrepreneur, that has already demonstrated true commitment and initiative within the tech and digital community and whom the judges believe will go far in this industry.
Founder/ Entrepreneur of the Year
This is an award for those in our community who have consistently demonstrated a significant entrepreneurial spirit and has shown commitment, enthusiasm, success and achievement.
Best Mentor/ Advisor
This award recognises the individual or organisation, that has truly gone over and above to advise and support a tech company or individual to achieve success in the South West digital and tech sector.
Best Digital Design
This award recognises the best web and software designs and experiences created by individuals or companies in the South West since January 2016. This could include anything from a brilliant e-commerce website, or a clever piece of software design.
Best Digital Marketing Campaign
This award is for digital marketing campaigns from the South West that have had the greatest success, through the best combination of design, engagement, reach, conversions and virality.
Data Data Data
An award for the projects that are pushing the limits of what we can do with data. This can include both commercial or public good projects.
Most Exemplary use of Virtual or Mixed Reality
This award recognises the best way virtual or augmented reality, 360 video or merged media has been utilised within a product or application. It could have the highest impact, or be the most spellbinding product.
The Hardware Award
This award looks for a piece of new hardware or new application of existing hardware that solves problems in new ways. This can include standalone hardware, components or devices.
The ‘Good’ Award
For the best use of technology for doing good – this covers green tech, sustainable tech and hardware for assisted living.
Most Innovative Use of Tech
For the person, company or project using tech in the most innovative way.
This award celebrates the person who has had a clear impact and demonstrable long-term contribution to strengthening the tech cluster in the South West.
The ‘Totally Killing It’ Award
This award recognises the company that the judges believe really made the most of the last 12 months, increasing turnover, expanding, making an impact and capitalising on their successes, both in the region and where relevant, further afield.
This award recognises the achievements of any tech or digital business started up within the last 3 years that has achieved significant success and that the judges believe will be ‘one to watch’ in the future.
For companies with over 10 people or a turnover of over £1million who are showing great growth.
Best Place to Work in Tech
This award goes to the company that the judges believe has gone the extra mile, above and beyond, for someone who works for them, or for all those that work for them. This should be nominated by employees, ex-employees and non-share holders only.
The People’s Choice
You tell us who you think the best tech company in the South West is and the ultimate winner will be chosen by the SPARKies audience last night!