What can I expect at the judging day?

The judging day is an exciting day, over 50 judges will simultaneously judge each of the 27 categories throughout the day.

When you arrive, you will be checked in by the Awards staff and be taken to the finalists lounge where you will wait for your judging slot.

Five minutes before your judging slot you will be taken to your judging room.

Once you have completed your presentation, you are free to leave the venue.

The judges will convene at the end of the day to determine the overall winner and highly commended for each category.

All results are announced at the awards dinner in November.

Getting to the venue - FAQs

How do I get to the venue?

The 2019 Judging day is located at:

Etihad Stadium, Manchester City Football Ground
Ashton New Road, Manchester M11 3FF.

For full details on how to get to the venue please visit mancity.com

When should I arrive to the venue?

Please aim to arrive at the venue 20 minutes before your time slot for registration.

Is there parking available?

Yes - please enter via Gate 11 on Ashton New Road (A662).

For the Colin Bell Stand, parking is available in the Yellow Car Park and visitors should access the stadium at the Colin Bell Stand reception, entrance U.

Parking is free of charge.

Alternatively, you can take the Metrolink tram to and from the Etihad Campus stop.

What security protocols are there?

Upon arrival you will be asked to undergo a quick bag search before you enter the Stadium.

The security team will have a list of all expected guests. If a replacement presenter attends the venue without prior notification, you will need to provide details to security.

What if I am running late?

We understand things can happen which may mean you are running late for your appointment.

If you think you are going to be late please call us on 07989 535819 or 07967 273 496.

We will aim to reschedule your appointment wherever possible.

Judging slot - FAQs

What if I am finalist in more than one category?

You will be required to attend a judging slot per successful entry.

We recommend booking your judging slot as quickly as possible as slots are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

How many people can attend the judging day presentation?

Technology Innovation/Organisation/Project Excellence - No more than two representatives per entry. (For Project Excellence one representative must be the end user).

For Personal Excellence - only the Individual Finalist can be interviewed.

What are the judges looking for?

Each of the categories has defined criteria that entrants must answer. Just as in a job application the judges are looking for hard evidence that the entry has addressed the criteria.

You should aim to provide measures of success and quotes from customers and/or users.

The key question to ask yourself is“can someone read this entry once and understand what we have achieved and why it deserves to win?” If the answer is no then re-work it.

How many judges will I be presenting to?

There may be up to three judges on your panel. All judges will be listed on our website before the judging day.

How long will my judging session last?

A total of 25 minutes has been allocated for each judging slot.

Personal Excellence finalists:

  • 20 minute interview

Organisational, Technology and Project Excellence finalists:

  • 5 minutes set-up
  • 10 minutes for your presentation
  • 10 Q&A with the judges
Who am I up against?

A full list of category Finalists will be available on the UK IT Industry Awards website on the afternoon of Monday 19 August. There are up to 10 finalists selected in each category. Each entry/individual will be judged separately throughout the day.

Do I need to bring a laptop?

No - we provide a laptop in the judging room which is projected to a large plasma screen.

Each laptop will support Powerpoint 2010 pro (with 2003, 2007 pro plug ins) and Adobe Reader.

If you do bring your own device:

Please ensure that your presentation / visual aid has been fully tested. If you attend to use an iPad, Mac or android device please ensure you bring along the required connectors.

Will I get feedback?

Unfortunately it is not possible to provide feedback to finalists. The judges decision is final.

Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

Are refreshments available?

Yes, tea, coffee and water is available on arrival.

You will also be offered water in the judging room.

Awards dinner - FAQs

When can I book a table?

Table booking is now available - for full details and to book a space at the Awards dinner visit the UK IT Industry Awards website.

Do I have to book a table?

The winners of the 2019 Awards will be announced at the lavish prize-giving ceremony taking place on Wednesday 13 November 2019 at Battersea Park Events Arena in London.

The presentation evening is a spectacular occasion and is attended by leaders from corporate business and government and some of the most influential people from the IT community.

How much do tables cost?

There are different table packages from Platinum to Silver depending on your budget.

Full details on prices and packages

Where and when does the dinner take place?

The prize giving ceremony will take place on Wednesday 13 November 2019 at Battersea Park Events Arena in London.

Sponsorship opportunities

For information about sponsorship opportunities please contact Steve Hands on steve.hands@incisivemedia.com or via telephone on 0207 484 9819.

Contact us

Do you have any questions or need some help? You can reach us at ukitindustryawards@bcs.uk or by calling 07989 535819 or 07967 273 496.