National awards return to celebrate Welsh technology

The flagship awards for Wales’s growing technology industry are set to return in 2017 for the fifth year and will recognise the achievements of Welsh tech.

Organised by ESTnet, the Wales Technology Awards will take place at the Wales Millennium Centre on June 22nd and sport a whole host of new award categories.

Launched by ESTnet, which is a network of technology professionals and businesses in Wales, the awards aim to shine a spotlight on the flourishing Welsh tech sector.

The awards are supported by some of the industry’s most powerful companies and experts. The Technology Leader of the Year award is one of the top honours available.

It’ll be presented to a hard-working individual who, regardless of their job title, has shown passion, enthusiasm and pervasiveness in their organisation. 

The Sir Michael Moritz Tech Start-up Award will celebrate a high-flying Welsh technology start-up that’s achieved success in a short space of time and can demonstrate growth potential.

There are some other exciting categories too. Best Tech Adopter will be awarded to someone who has shown that they have used technology to disrupt the industry they work in.

Best New Talent will go to someone who’s just started in the industry, while Innovative Product of the Year will go to a disruptive application of technology.

Commenting on the Awards’ return, Avril Lewis, managing director of the ESTnet, said “The Technology Awards stand to champion the outstanding achievements made by the sector’s 3,110 businesses and 39,000 people, who are working tirelessly to make Wales a world leader for technology.

“Here in Wales, we design, develop, manufacture and integrate some of the world’s most advanced enabling technologies. As the network for this dynamic sector, we know that over 70% of the companies we represent are actively working to expand their personnel.

“Our role is to support these pioneering companies by enabling them to build their reputations and networks, develop programmes that facilitate their efforts to grow the skilled workforces that are essential for their future growth, and inspire those outside of our sector and Wales to realise the potential that our country has to offer.”