It may only be the start of the year but the run up to Awards Season is already upon us!

On Wednesday night we hosted the launch of the 2019 Wales Technology Awards at Tramshed Tech. The awards — run by ESTnet (the network for the Welsh tech industry) — look to celebrate excellence and innovation by championing the outstanding achievements made by Welsh technology companies.

The evening kicked off with Peter Fox (Leader of Monmouthshire County Council) and Anthony Hunt (Leader of Torfaen County Borough Council) reinforcing the commitment of the Cardiff Capital City Region Deal to digital innovation and shedding insight into how this scheme will provide a launchpad for digital transformation across South Wales and beyond.

This was shortly followed by a speech from Paul Shephard (CEO of We Build Bots — Tramshed Tech tenants) about how winning the Sir Michael Moritz Tech Start Up Award in 2018 helped propel them to massive success within just a few months of launching their business. Winning the award gave them increased exposure such that they cultivated new business and realised the potential servicing public sector organisations. Now they go from strength to strength with plans set on further expansion both in Wales and internationally into markets such as U.S.A.

It was great to see many new faces amongst the familiar, particularly recent graduates from Cardiff University like Mo from Route Konnect whose team has their sights firmly set making their mark in the Wales Tech scene and aspire to pick up the plaudets in the future. Good luck to you!

Nominations are now officially open for the Wales Technology Awards 2019. You’ve got until 5th April to get in your applications. Award categories will cover all aspects of the Welsh tech sector including:

  • The Sir Michael Mortiz Tech Start Up Award;
  • Innovative Product of the Year;
  • International Impact Award;
  • Best Application of Tech;
  • Best New Talent;
  • Technology Leader of the Year;
  • Best Tech Workplace.

The award ceremony itself will take place on 20 June at Cardiff City Hall. Book your space now!