The Wales Technology Awards are back in September to champion the outstanding achievements and innovations made by Wales’ thriving tech industry and the people within it.
Twelve award categories cover all aspects of the Welsh tech sector, including the prestigious Sir Michael Moritz Tech Start-Up Award and Best International Impact of the Year Award.
The Judging Panel for the Wales Technology Awards will be chaired by Aled Miles, President & CEO of Sauce Labs, who will be joined by Priya Guha MBE, Venture Partner Merian Ventures & NED UKRI; Richard Theo, Founder Wealthify & ActiveQuote; Dr Rhian Hayward MBE, Chief Executive Officer, AberInnovation; and Matt Warren, Founder & CEO, Veeqo.
New categories for this year include the Best Photonics Application Award and the Best Blockchain Application Award, recognising thriving emerging technologies in Wales, and the Tech for Good Award, Tech for Healthcare and Well-being Award, and Tech for the Planet Award to recognise tech’s essential role in solving key societal challenges.
Created by non-profit organisation Technology Connected, previously known as ESTnet, this will be the eighth Wales Technology Awards and the first since the pandemic began. The Awards have been designed to spotlight collaboration, innovation, and benefits to society and recognise these achievements on a global stage.
Wales is being increasingly recognised for its strength in building technology clusters. CSconnected, a global centre of excellence for Compound Semiconductor technologies, is Partner for the Best Photonics Application Award. Leading law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys, which specialises in technology amongst other areas, is Partner for the Best Blockchain Application Award.
Previous Wales Technology Award winners include Welsh pioneers such as power module designer Silvertel, WeBuildBots, investment fintech Wealthify, DevOpsGroup, data analytics leaders AMPLYFI, Glyndwr Innovations, BCC IT, and Drone Evolution.
The entry deadline is swiftly approaching and entries must be sent through the online form by 1 June 2022.
The Wales Technology Awards will take place 15th September 2022. More details regarding tickets, how to enter, judges, and partnerships is available via the Technology Connected website.
Avril Lewis MBE, Managing Director of Technology Connected said;
“Though we’re a small country, Wales is home to a thriving tech ecosystem with increasing global influence. Throughout the pandemic we have witnessed incredible creativity, collaboration, and innovation and we all know now more than ever just how much we rely on technology.
“It’s time to recognise the exceptional work of individuals, organisations, and projects who have seen us through, continued to innovate, and continued to benefit the world. It will be wonderful to celebrate the ingenuity of the Welsh technology industry in person once again.”
On joining as Chair of the Judging Panel, Aled Miles, President and CEO of Sauce Labs, said, “I am both delighted and honoured to be part of the Wales Technology Awards 2022. Our country has a vibrant technology sector that is recognized globally. Acknowledging the innovators and technology leaders in Wales is vital as we lift the voice of Wales on the world stage.”