The winners of the Wales Technology Awards 2019 have been announced, following a gala evening ceremony at City Hall, Cardiff.
Powered by The ESTnet, the voice of technology in Wales, the awards celebrated the very best of the thriving Welsh technology industry with the hundreds of guests in attendance, including keynote speaker Lee Waters AM, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport.
The event saw companies and individuals from across Wales honoured, showcasing the breadth and diversity of the vibrant industry.
The Wales Technology Awards 2019 winners;
- The Sir Michael Moritz Tech Start Up Award – partnered with GoCompare
Drone Evolution (Caerphilly)
- Best Tech Workplace – partnered with Acorn IT and Digital Recruitment
Bipsync UK Ltd (Cardiff)
- Best New Talent – partnered with the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult
Gerard Church, GoCompare (Newport)
- Best Application of Tech – partnered with Sony UK Technology Centre
- Technology Leader of the Year – partnered with Wynne Jones IP
Jackson Hull, GoCompare (Newport)
- Innovative Product of the Year – partnered with Innovation Point
Glyndwr Innovations (Saint Asaph)
- International Impact Award – partnered with IQE
Software winner: Bipsync UK Ltd (Cardiff)
Hardware winner: TXO Systems (Chepstow)
The Wales Technology Awards 2019 were supported by Headline Partner, Cardiff Metropolitan University. Professor Jon Platts, Dean of the Cardiff Metropolitan University School of Technologies, highlighted the important role between business and academia at the evening ceremony, along with presenting the ESTnetNG prize to this year’s winner, Cameron Edwards
Avril Lewis MBE, managing director of the ESTnet commented;
“The Wales Technology Awards celebrate the success of the vibrant, diverse technology industry that exists in Wales.
“The technology industry is hugely important to Wales. It provides over 40,000 thousand high value jobs across the country, contributes significantly to our economy and enables other industries and market sectors to transform and grow.
“The technology industry in UK is growing one and half times faster than the overall economy. This means that the impact this industry has will only continue to become more prevalent over the next few years.
“Across the whole of Wales, there are innovative companies doing truly great work, and it has been an honour to bring the industry together and celebrate their achievements at the biggest night of the year for Welsh technology.
“The theme of the past year has been uncertainty, both within the UK and internationally. However, the theme of this year’s awards has been unity and togetherness. Together we can continue to build a thriving industry that sits at the heart of the Welsh economy and capitalise on the endless opportunities available to position Wales on the global stage.”
Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, Lee Waters said:
“At a time of economic uncertainty and upheaval we are seeing the technology sector in Wales continue to flourish. Successful Welsh tech start-ups are growing into small, medium and even large businesses, creating high value, highly skilled opportunities for people across Wales whilst bringing forward solutions and technology that in many cases are genuinely world leading.”
“I’m delighted to be a part of the Wales Technology Awards; to take the time to recognise and celebrate the achievements of the businesses nominated here, and across the industry. It provides further opportunity to engage with this transformative industry, to understand what we can do to harness the talent we have in Wales to ensure we maximise the potential of tech to transform the public sector, and all industries across Wales.”
Professor Jon Platts, Dean of Cardiff School of Technologies at Cardiff Metropolitan University School of Technologies, said;
“Cardiff Metropolitan University is delighted to support the ESTnet as the headline partner of the Wales Technology Awards 2019, championing the outstanding achievements and innovations made by Wales’ growing tech sector.
“We are hugely impressed by the standard of entries in this year’s awards and warmly congratulate all the winners on their well-deserved honours.
“Here at Cardiff School of Technologies, we partner with a wide range of technology-focused companies to ensure that we are developing the skills required by employers, and look forward to continuing to collaborate with businesses to help grow the technology industry and ensure Wales has a future-proof pipeline of talent and skills.”
For more information on the Wales Technology Awards 2019 winners, please visit the Wales Technology Awards website.