Since the pandemic, the adoption of technology has increased significantly. Ways of working have changed, impacting businesses world-wide. Innovation is key, as ever, and drives growth, creates new opportunities and helps organisations stay competitive in an ever changing business landscape.

The Technology Excellence Awards are presented to recognise and reward innovative new hardware, software, or IT services, which make the biggest contribution to Business Technology or IT in general.

Entries can be submitted by organisations, institutions, public bodies, vendors nominating their customers or themselves, or from individuals wishing to recognise their own organisations’ efforts.

We are looking to recognise Achievement and Innovation in the development, sales and implementation of new/updated technologies released during the past 12 months that have a substantial base in the UK or where the product or service is marketed within the UK.

Entries for Technology Excellence will be judged against four key criteria, which carry equal weighting. The appropriate section of the entry form must be completed for each criteria. Judges will be looking for professionalism and ethical practice in every entry.

The awards in this category will be judged against four key criteria:

Entrants should provide:

An explanation for how the submitted product/service meets each of the four criteria, plus a maximum 250-word summary of why they believe they should win this award.

Each entry, therefore, requires:

  • Overview of the product/service (80 words), which can be used for PR purposes
  • Four sections detailing achievements (up to 500 words each) against each of the four criteria above
  • A summary statement (up to 250 words)

Entrants are urged to ensure that their submissions follow the above format so that the judges can give the entry their fullest consideration.

Additional evidence:

Under commercial confidence, entrants should seek to provide quantitative evidence (including limited ancillary materials) wherever appropriate to support the submission.

Please note that any additional documents provided should be brief and additive to the entry, and video material should be a maximum of 3 minutes in duration.

All sections of the form must be completed.

Technology excellence categories include:

AI Innovation of the Year

Awarded to an innovative development and/or application of Artificial Intelligence that is realising new potential in AI.  As one of the hottest topics in technology, this significant new category to the IT Awards for 2023 will showcase impact and innovation in areas such as machine learning, natural language processing and process automation.

Cloud Innovation of the Year

Awarded to a product or service that has delivered measurable benefit to end users in either a single, large organisation or for a variety of organisations through any mix of private or public cloud offerings.

Emerging Technology of the Year

Awarded to an innovative new development or service that delivers a new class of solution or type of benefit. This category does not need to demonstrate 12 months’ worth of results before being submitted as it is intended to allow UK inventiveness to be showcased through these Awards however, products should at least be able to showcase some early measurable results.

Inclusive Technology Innovation of the Year

Awarded to an innovative new product or service which is accessible by as many people as possible, regardless of their gender, age, ability or background. It will use inclusive design principles and practices to deliver measurable benefits, transforming lives, boosting productivity and driving societal benefit.

Security Innovation of the Year

Awarded to an innovative new product or service that has delivered measurable benefit for customers in areas such as IT security, data protection, information management, risk management, business continuity, cybersecurity or disaster recovery.

Sustainable Innovation of the Year

Awarded to a technological innovation that reduces the effects of IT development, usage and disposal on the environment, saving energy and resources which translates into lower carbon emissions. Resources may be recycled to bring business benefits and minimise cost at all stages of IT product development. This category will showcase Green Technology Innovations from businesses to act more responsibly under the 3R's of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

Technology Innovation of the Year

Awarded to a new or improved product, service or process that leverages technological advancements or breakthroughs to solve problems, help make IT good for society and drive business value.

The Technology Innovation may involve the development of hardware, software, systems and other digital or physical products in a range of areas including but not limited to: Digital Twin, VR, Machine Learning, Big Data Analytics, Robotics, Mobile Technology, Internet of Things, Augmented Reality, Blockchain, Quantum Computing.

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