A panel of judges has assessed a record number of nominations to determine the winners of this year’s Jersey TechAwards. The event, organised by Digital Jersey and the BCS, celebrates individual and business success across the island’s growing tech sector.
This year there were 93 nominations across 12 categories, and the winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony later this month.
The categories, including shortlisted are:
Digital Company of the Year;
Digital Start-Up of the Year;
Best Use of Technology in Education;
Technology Project of the Year;
Digital Creative Project of the Year;
Technology Student of the Year (Senior);
Technology Student of the Year (Junior);
Technology Teacher of the Year;
Digital Growth Business of the Year;
Digital Leader of the Year;
Digital Team of the Year;
Security Implementation of the Year;
Tony Moretta, CEO of Digital Jersey, said: “Picking winners from such a strong and diverse field of nominations is one of the most difficult jobs in my diary. It is a testament to those who work in Jersey’s tech community that it was such a challenging task for me and my fellow judges. It took many hours and some passionate debate for us to reach our decision, and we now look forward to the big night where everyone can celebrate the breadth of good work that’s going on in the island”.
Chris Clark, CEO of Prosperity 24/7 who have sponsored the TechAwards since inception advised, “we are incredibly proud, as a local ‘start-up’ ourselves, to be in a position to provide the sponsorship needed to acknowledge excellence across the growing digital ecosystem we have in Jersey today. We are grateful to all the judges and the BCS for their support in running this diligent process and we look forward to celebrating with all the nominees on 17 October”.
Dave Cartwright, chairman of judges, said: “Year two of the TechAwards has, happily, brought more entries of a higher quality, and the competition has again been tight. I’m grateful again this year to my fellow judges for their efforts – it’s entirely voluntary on their part, and the value they bring to the awards is immense. And on behalf of the team I’m also delighted to say that the Donna Annand Melanoma Charity are our partners for the evening, and that they’ll be there taking a collection and chatting with the guests”.
The judging panel comprised nine people from a variety of fields and backgrounds: Dave Cartwright, senior cyber security consultant at Grant Thornton; Nicole Maltwood of Eagle Labs and Women In Tech; Ronnie Isherwood, chairman of the Jersey Chamber of Commerce Digital Committee; Stephanie Peat, the Government of Jersey’s director of digital and telecoms policy; Jason Laity, former senior partner at KPMG; Rod Bryans, creative consultant at Greytribe and former education minister; Tony Moretta, CEO of Digital Jersey; Susana Rowles, managing director of Innovate Education; and Rob Felton, management consultant at Mason Breese.
Judge Susana Rowles runs the Digital Leadership Programme which is now being delivered at the new Digital Jersey Academy, said: “A really positive change this year is to take the Student of the Year category and expand it from one to two awards – Junior and Senior. The Digital Jersey Academy is putting skills at the heart of the digital agenda, so being able to reward those who are at the start of their digital careers is incredibly heartening.”
The awards ceremony on Thursday 17 October takes place at the Royal Yacht Hotel, and is sponsored by Prosperity 24/7 and BCS Jersey.
If you haven’t got your ticket, then now is the time!