Finalists of the Wales Technology Awards 2018 announced

The finalists of the 2018 Wales Technology Awards, which are organised by the ESTnet, have been announced following a record year for entries.

Sponsored by headline partner GoCompare, the awards are aimed at shining a spotlight on the achievements and innovations made by Welsh technology entrepreneurs and businesses.

This year’s event will take place on May 3rd at Cardiff City Hall. The shortlist was chosen by a judging panel consisting of leading business and technology experts, including seasoned entrepreneur Ashley Cooper.

Commenting on the shortlist, ESTnet managing director Avril Lewis said: “The sheer number of high-quality entries e received for this year’s Wales Technology Awards is a clear demonstration of the strength, diversity and value of the Welsh tech sector.

“The innovations and successes that have been revealed prove what we in the sector have known to be true for many years. Here in Wales we design, develop, and integrate some of the world’s leading technology that will and continue to, advance the way we all work and live.

“Thanks to the support of our partner companies the Wales Technology Awards will ensure that these achievements, and the talented individuals that made them possible, receive the recognition they rightfully deserve.”

The Best Application of Tech gong recognises innovations that are having “significant impact in the creative industries, education, financial services and healthcare areas amongst others”.

The nominees are:

  • Method4
  • One Team Logic
  • Red Apple Finance
  • S4C / Antena
  • Signum Health Ltd

Meanwhile, the Innovative Product of the Year category “measures the impact of Welsh technology and rewards the innovation that drives the industry, including new approaches and disruptive technologies”.

The nominees are:

  • Credas
  • Simply Do Ideas

There’s also an International Impact award, which will go to a firm that has “achieved significant, sustainable growth through international trade”.

The nominees include:

  • RFIDdirect
  • Silvertel
  • TXO Systems
  • Cardiff University / Airbus
  • Vizolution
  • Wales Interactive

Best New Talent Award will go to an “individual working in their first technology role who shows great promise”.

The nominees are:

  • Callen Gibbs – Capital Network Solutions Ltd
  • Egidijus Jankauskas – Newport Wafer Fab Ltd
  • Gemma Hallett – miFuture
  • Megan Jevin – Inspiretec Group Ltd

The coveted Sir Michael Moritz Tech Start-up Award will recognise a new business to the Welsh tech scene that has “achieved success in a short space of time and has the potential to grow and thrive in the future”.

The nominees are:

  • Codez Academy
  • Credas
  • miFuture
  • Quote Detective
  • Reeco Automation
  • Signum Health Ltd
  • Sports Injury Fix Ltd
  • Trameto
  • University Cribs
  • We Build Bots

Best Tech Workplace will be presented to a company in Wales “that has created an environment that excites and inspires its team”.

The nominees are:

  • DevOpsGuys
  • Gofore UK
  • Method4

The last award is Technology Leader of the Year, which will be presented to “a leader whose passion, enthusiasm and pervasiveness have had a real impact on his or her organisation, or the wider industry”.

The nominees are:

  • Frits van Calker – RFIDdirect
  • Hywell Ifans – BCC IT
  • Sarah Edwards – Capital Network Solution