Automation Project of the Year

Awarded to a public or private sector entrant for the most outstanding IT project utilising an automation technology such as Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Artificial Intelligence (AI), or Machine Learning (ML). This could be a chatbot, a marketing automation tool, an image analysis assistant, or any other related project. The winning entry will demonstrate the business value of the project, and why automation technologies were necessary over other options to deliver the required outcomes.

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Best Charity (Third Sector) IT Project of the Year

Awarded to a 'not for profit' sector organisation for the most outstanding project in the charitable sector. For clarity, the award is open to charities, NGO's and not-for-profit organisations outside of the public sector, subject to the accepted criteria on surplus distribution. The award is not limited to any specific type of project, as long as it uses IT to benefit the organisation or its clients. The judges may take into account, where relevant, the size of the organisation when making their determination. The determination will be made based on the project outcomes and not for the technology per se.

The judges will consider each these criteria, and each submitted project should be able to clearly demonstrate, where relevant, affirmative responses to them, and in particular show underlying characteristics of distinctive excellence, creativity and benefit to the organisation and/or its clients.

Entrants are urged to ensure that their submissions follow the below format so that the judges are able to give the entry their fullest consideration. Within the bounds of commercial confidence, entrants should seek to provide quantitative evidence (including limited amounts of ancillary materials) wherever appropriate to support the submission.

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Best Financial Services IT Project of the Year

Awarded to a financial services organisation for the most outstanding business project. The award is open to any organisation engaged in financial services to individuals or organisations. The award is not limited to any specific type of project, as long as it uses IT to benefit the organisation or its clients. The judges may take into account, where relevant, the size of the organisation when making their determination. The determination will be made based on the project outcomes and not for the technology per se.

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Best Public Sector IT Project

Awarded to the public sector organisation for the most outstanding business project. The award is open to government departments, health service, armed forces and local government. The award is not limited to any specific type of project, as long as it uses IT to benefit the organisation or its clients. The judges may take into account, where relevant, the size of the organisation when making their determination. The determination will be made based on the project outcomes and not for the technology per se.

The judges will consider each these criteria, and each submitted project should be able to clearly demonstrate, where relevant, affirmative responses to them, and in particular show underlying characteristics of distinctive excellence, creativity and benefit to the organisation and/or its clients.

Entrants are urged to ensure that their submissions follow the below format so that the judges are able to give the entry their fullest consideration. Within the bounds of commercial confidence, entrants should seek to provide quantitative evidence (including limited amounts of ancillary materials) wherever appropriate to support the submission.

This award is FREE to enter

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Best Place to work in IT 2020

Awarded to the organisation that provides the best employment and career opportunities for IT professionals. The winner will be an organisation that its IT employees view as a great place to work; that values the role of IT and the professionalism of the staff that provide and support it, offering career and skills development, reward and recognition for personal achievement and industry-leading employment benefits.

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Best Healthcare Project of the Year

Awarded to a healthcare sector organisation for the most outstanding business project. The award is open to any organisation engaged in healthcare such as NHS Trusts, commissioning groups, hospitals, or medical technology providers. The award is not limited to any specific type of project, as long as it uses IT to benefit the organisation or its clients. The judges may take into account, where relevant, the size of the organisation when making their determination. The determination will be made based on the project outcomes and not for the technology per se.

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Best Security, Defence or Law Enforcement IT Project of the Year

Awarded to a security, defence or law enforcement organisation for the most outstanding IT project. The award is open to any organisation engaged in security, defence or law enforcement such as police forces, military establishments, law enforcement agencies and associated technology providers. The award is not limited to any specific type of project, as long as it uses IT to benefit the organisation or its clients. The judges may take into account, where relevant, the size of the organisation when making their determination. The determination will be made based on the project outcomes and not for the technology per se.

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Best Use of Cloud Services

Awarded to a public or private sector entrant for the most outstanding IT project implementing services or applications where the data, processing and interfaces are driven from an as-a-service cloud platform for consumption by smart devices.

The judges will consider each these criteria, and each submitted project should be able to clearly demonstrate, where relevant, affirmative responses to them, and in particular show underlying characteristics of distinctive excellence, creativity and benefit to the organisation and/or its clients.

Entrants are urged to ensure that their submissions follow the below format so that the judges are able to give the entry their fullest consideration. Within the bounds of commercial confidence, entrants should seek to provide quantitative evidence (including limited amounts of ancillary materials) wherever appropriate to support the submission.

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Best User Engagement Project of the Year

Awarded to a public or private sector entrant for the most outstanding user engagement project that remodels client relations and brand recognition as well as projects where the rationale is the distribution or management of content. The determination will be made based on the user engagement achievements and not for the technology per se.

The judges will consider each these criteria, and each submitted project should be able to clearly demonstrate, where relevant, affirmative responses to them, and in particular show underlying characteristics of distinctive excellence, creativity and benefit to the organisation and/or its clients.

Entrants are urged to ensure that their submissions follow the below format so that the judges are able to give the entry their fullest consideration. Within the bounds of commercial confidence, entrants should seek to provide quantitative evidence (including limited amounts of ancillary materials) wherever appropriate to support the submission.

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Business Analyst of the Year

Awarded to an individual responsible for the definition of requirements and solutions for improving business processes and systems, reducing their costs, enhancing their sustainability, and quantifying potential business benefits. They may also conduct methodical investigation, analysis, review and documentation of business functions and processes.

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Business IT Innovation of the Year

Awarded to an innovative new product or service that has delivered measurable benefit for business users or customers in areas such as ecommerce, hosting, web performance, communications, blockchain or web services. This category also covers technologies used in critical national infrastructure if deployment of them enables benefits not otherwise possible.

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CIO of the Year

Awarded to a CIO, IT director or other board-level IT executive. The winner will be an individual who has consistently demonstrated excellence in leadership, innovation and quality in the use and promotion of IT in their organisation to deliver business growth or public services. The size of the organisation is immaterial.

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Collaborative Technology of the Year

Awarded to apps that run on mobile phones, tablets or any other touchscreen devices as well as embedded applications. This category includes wearable or other devices such as Augmented Reality (AR), in-car or in-house technologies, either fixed or removable. Entries should be able to demonstrate innovative uses of the various technologies used to deliver benefits, including any online services.

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Cloud Innovation Provider of the Year

Awarded to a product or service that has delivered measurable benefit to end users in either a single, large organisation or for a variety of organisations through any mix of private or public cloud offerings.

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Data Science Project of the Year

Awarded to a public or private sector entrant for the most outstanding IT project related to the analytical capabilities to deliver real value from data in terms of organisational performance.

The judges will consider each these criteria, and each submitted project should be able to clearly demonstrate, where relevant, affirmative responses to them, and in particular show underlying characteristics of distinctive excellence, creativity and benefit to the organisation and/or its clients.

Entrants are urged to ensure that their submissions follow the below format so that the judges are able to give the entry their fullest consideration. Within the bounds of commercial confidence, entrants should seek to provide quantitative evidence (including limited amounts of ancillary materials) wherever appropriate to support the submission.

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Development Team of the Year

Awarded to the team or department that best demonstrates how its work has helped achieve or exceed objectives and contribute to the overall competitiveness and/or success of the organisation during the previous 12 months. The winning entry will show how important the development team is to the business, and what steps it took to accomplish its goals.

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DevOps Engineer of the Year

Awarded to a DevOps Engineer from any DevOps role who has evidenced and demonstrated outstanding commitment and ability within the Systems Development Life Cycle. Your submission must demonstrate your ability and agility to work with the necessary range of individuals involved in the development of the project/system.

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Digital Leader of the Year

Awarded to an individual who is operationally responsible for any aspect of IT delivery but especially roles in areas such as Business Analysis, Security & Governance, project/program management or Consultancy. They will have delivered and evidenced tangible benefits to their organisation, meeting key objectives for budget, timescales and service.

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Digital Transformation Project of the Year

Awarded to a public or private sector entrant for the most outstanding digital transformation project that transforms the workplace, business models, customer experience or operational models. The determination will be made based on the project outcomes and not for the technology per se.

The judges will consider each these criteria, and each submitted project should be able to clearly demonstrate, where relevant, affirmative responses to them, and in particular show underlying characteristics of distinctive excellence, creativity and benefit to the organisation and/or its clients.

Entrants are urged to ensure that their submissions follow the below format so that the judges are able to give the entry their fullest consideration. Within the bounds of commercial confidence, entrants should seek to provide quantitative evidence (including limited amounts of ancillary materials) wherever appropriate to support the submission.

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Educational Response to the Pandemic

This award will go to the educational organisation that can demonstrate innovative and effective changes made in response to the pandemic. Judges will be looking to see a measurable impact of the changes/project.

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Emerging Technology of the Year

Awarded to an innovative new development or service that is delivers a new class of solution or type of benefit. This category does not need to demonstrate 12 months’ worth of customer results before being submitted as it is intended to allow UK inventiveness to be showcased through these Awards.

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Infrastructure Innovation of the Year

Awarded to an innovative new product or service that has delivered measurable benefit for customers in areas such as data centres, networking, systems management, server hardware and software, storage, application development, IT support or other business infrastructure applications.

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Inspirational Individual of the Year

A judges’ award for an individual who has been a source of inspiration for others working in IT, whether for a specific contribution in the year, or for continued contribution to UK IT. Particular attention will be paid to those who have inspired change and/or provided thought leadership in a societally beneficial area such as inclusion or sustainability.

Exceptionally the Inspirational Individual of the Year category will have an extra means of submission to allow the candidate to be supported by his/her colleague/s. Each supporter can upload a short video (of maximum 2 minutes in length) giving their justifications for the candidate being awarded the title of Inspirational Individual of the Year. Please provide a link to the video – it cannot be uploaded.

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IT Apprentice of the Year

Awarded to an individual who is participating in an IT apprenticeship programme that involves part-time formal study to gain IT qualifications, together with paid work experience to enhance skill and understanding. The apprenticeship must be on-going in March 2021.

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IT Project Team of the Year

Awarded to an outstanding project team that has implemented an end-user project that has been exceptionally well-managed. The winning team will demonstrate against the four criteria how well the project has been run and what lessons have been learnt, how customer expectations have been surpassed, innovation introduced by the project and measurable outcomes for the project.

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IT Service & Support Professional of the Year

Awarded to an individual providing IT service, support or training to users of IT systems, who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and commitment, meeting key objectives for quality, customer satisfaction and delivery of agreed service levels. This category covers areas such as training, help desk, information content development or project support. The award is open to all staff - not just senior management - to ensure the full range of IT skills is recognised.

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IT Team of the Year

Awarded to the company or public body that demonstrates how the development or implementation of its IT strategy has helped to meet objectives, achieve greater competitiveness or improve public services during the past 12 months. The winning organisation will show how IT is fundamental to achieving business goals.

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Organisational Response to the Pandemic

This award will go to the organisation that can demonstrate innovative and effective changes made in response to the pandemic. Judges will be looking to see a measurable impact of the changes/project.

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Rising Star of the Year

Awarded to an IT professional under the age of 30, or who turns 30 in 2021, in any discipline, who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and achievement in their work, and through their quality and professionalism stands out in their organisation as a high performer in the application and management of IT. Credit will be given for high achievement early in the career, but those in an apprentice program should enter the "IT Apprentice" category.

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Security Innovation of the Year

Awarded to an innovative new product or service that has delivered measurable benefit for customers in areas such as IT security, data protection, information management, risk management, business continuity, cybersecurity or disaster recovery.

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Services Company of the year

Awarded to recognise excellence in the provision of IT systems, the winner will be a supplier of hardware, software and/or IT services that has achieved significant business success in the past 12 months and can demonstrate high levels of customer satisfaction and business benefits from the users of its products and services.

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Specialist Vendor of the Year

This award recognises excellence in the provision of IT systems by a specialist supplier (the organisation must make less than £50 million in revenue each year). The winner will be a supplier of hardware, software and/or IT services that has achieved significant business success in the past 12 months and can demonstrate high levels of customer satisfaction and business benefits from the users of its products and services.

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Sustainable Organisation of the Year

This award will go to the organisation which is best able to prove that it has made meaningful action to reduce its environmental impact and improve its sustainability. Judges will expect to see details of all sustainability initiatives, together with the impact achieved by each. Metrics showing how the organisation’s sustainability has improved in recent years will be helpful, as will evidence of continued action this year.

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UK Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award

Awarded to a new product or service that has delivered measurable benefit for customers, can demonstrate the potential to be an important product for customers worldwide, and has been developed by a small team in the UK. The aim of this award is specifically to recognise innovation and achievement in IT product or service development in the UK. This can be either by a start-up organisation, or a small autonomous team within a larger organisation.


The product or service should be developed or managed entirely in the UK by a start-up organisation, or a small autonomous team within a larger organisation, using the expertise of UK IT professionals. Include the size of the team, and where it works, in the “Summary” section of the entry form.

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Vendor of the Year

Open to all vendors, this standalone award will go to the vendor who can demonstrate outstanding performance in terms of market penetration, revenue growth, customer feedback and the launch of innovative new products. Crucially, the vendor must clearly demonstrate a commitment to workplace diversity as well as IT excellence. They will have set up schemes to encourage and promote equality amongst staff, with opportunities provided to the most talented individuals regardless of their personal attributes or beliefs. The organisation will be able to demonstrate a solid record of both innovation (whether that's in their products, working practises or processes) and investment in the UK IT industry. Evidence of youth training and recruitment programmes, and charitable works will also be considered.

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