Finalists for Wales Technology Awards announced

A number of businesses at the forefront of Welsh innovation have been announced as finalists in this year’s Wales Technology Awards, organised by ESTNet.

The awards are aimed at recognising the achievements and innovations made by the diverse Welsh technology sector, ranging from ground-breaking advances in hardware to pioneering applications in edtech.

On June 22nd, finalists will gather at a gala awards ceremony which will be held at the prestigious Wales Millennium Centre. They’ll be joined by a wealth of high-profile technologists and companies. 

A number of different awards will be handed out during the evening, including Technology Leader of the Year, Innovative Product of the Year, Best New Talent, and Industry Trailblazer.

The Sir Michael Mortiz Tech Start-up Award will be given to a business that’s achieved massive success in a short space of time. The shortlisted firms are Amplyfi,  Boma Camp, Byte IT, Codeherent Ltd, Digital Profile, Properr Software Limited, SamePage Group Ltd, Talkative Ltd and Wealthify.

Meanwhile, the Technology Leader of the Year Award will be presented to someone who’s had a profound impact on his or her organisation, or the wider technology industry.

The finalists for this award are James Smith, co-founder of DevOpsGuys, Denise Powell, open innovation manager at IQE; and Scott Burton, technical director of Zipporah.

GP Commissioning, ServiceTracker, Symlconnect, Vizolution, Wales Interactive and Wealthify are up for Innovative Product of the Year for their pioneering technologies.

Another important award is Best New Talent, which will recognise an individual making great strides in their first technology role. The finalists include Kate Martin from DevOpsGuys; Alina Griestaragiene from Infineon Technologies Newport Limited; and Josh Brown from Method4

Previous winners of the Wales Technology Awards include IQE plc, Microsemi and General Dynamics UK Ltd, as well as emerging Welsh-born technology companies such as the online polling platform doopoll and cloud services provider Skybrid.

Avril Lewis, managing director of the ESTnet, said: “The Wales Technology Awards stand to celebrate the vital contributions and successes of the circa 3,110 businesses and 40,000 people in Wales who represent our industry.

“The quality and volume of entries we received this year demonstrates what the ESTnet has known for many years; here in Wales we design, develop, manufacture and integrate some of the world’s most advanced enabling technologies that are driving and integral to the development of key market sectors.

“It is also clear that our sector is growing, and the dedicated work of the companies the ESTnet represents a true driving force for the Welsh economy and job creation.

“We are delighted to be joined by sponsors, including our headline partner, the Sony UK Technology Centre (UK TEC), to deliver an event that will recognise and promote their achievements.”