About the SPARKies tech awards

The SPARKies Awards – the best in tech in the west!

The SPARKies Awards were set up in 2012 to shine a light on the very best people, products and companies that make up the tech sector in Bristol, Bath and the broader West of England region.

The format of the awards goes something like this: (i) 100s of nominations are submitted in 15 (or so) categories, (ii) a select group of 30 judges go through the nomination and score them, (iii) a shortlist is then produced (and published), (iv) the judges then vote based on the shortlist, (v) we announce the winners at a sell-out Awards Party/Ceremony somewhere fun (the event was held at Komedia in Bath for the first 2 years and was last held in the Bierkeller in Bristol). It returns to Motion in June 2018.

The 2016 SPARKies Awards Party took place in February during the Bath and Bristol Digital Festival. To embrace the fact that The SPARKies are about celebrating the best in tech in Bristol and Bath, the Awards Party venue will alternate between Bath and Bristol. So, that means Bath in 2014, Bristol in 2016, Bath in 2017, etc…

The SPARKies awards 2017

You can get a feel for how we celebrated the 2017 SPARKies awards in the video below:


Find out more about the 2017 awards, including the winners on the SPARKies 2017 page.

The SPARKies awards 2015/16

You can see more on the 2016 awards, including the winners and runners up, at the SPARKies 2015/16 page.

The SPARKies awards 2014



You can see more on the 2014 awards, including the winners and runners up, at the SPARKies 2014 page.


The SPARKies awards 2013

The SPARKies 2013 winners

Best Digital Design Project: Complete Control for World Book Day

Best Mentor: Mike Wilsher of Executive Foundation

Best Startup: CiteAb.com

Best Tech Founder or Entrepreneur: Mike Barlow, MyHealthPal

The Good Award: Neil Burgess for Cura

Future SPARK: Urban Tribe

One to Watch in 2013: MyHealthPal

Best Service Provider to the Tech Sector: Gradwell

Best App of 2012: Mubaloo and the Met Office

Biggest Success Story of 2012: Complete Control

Individual Contribution to Tech: Prof Phil Willis for his research into vectorised digital images

Totally Killing It! (competing globally from the west): TechRadar.com