A new ‘CEO of the year’ award has been introduced for 2016 to recognise the exceptional role played by CEO’s in delivering the vision, growth and profitability for their companies and their contribution to the Scottish economy.
A new ‘Education provider/training programme’ award will highlight and celebrate the work being done throughout Scotland to incubate the digital technology skills that the industry needs to continue growing.
Transformational innovation through data’ category is also sure to be hotly contested with Scotland fast becoming a centre of excellence for analytics and data science, ScotlandIS and sponsors The Data Lab have introduced the dedicated category. ‘
In its sixth year the awards celebrate Scotland’s world-class digital technologies industry and the talent and ideas abundant within it. Previous finalists have ranged from well-known success stories such as Skyscanner, Craneware, iomart and Fanduel to the smaller but ambitious achievers like Waracle, Administrate, Screenmedia and We are AD.
Martin Mutch, (right) an investor, advisor and former CEO of IT services business Rocela, will chair this year’s panel of 10 expert judges.
Polly Purvis, CEO of ScotlandIS said: “The Digital Technology Awards showcase excellence within the industry rewarding the innovation, expertise and ambition of businesses, large and small. They are an opportunity to celebrate the very best of Scotland’s digital technologies industry and every year I am really impressed by the calibre of entries we receive.
“Last year was our biggest event so far and I am hoping that, with our industry going from strength to strength, we will see even more competition this time round.”
Scotland’s digital technology industry contributes £4 billion in GVA to the economy and some 80,000 people are employed in the sector with start–up incubators such as Rookie Oven in Glasgow and CodeBase in Edinburgh enjoying huge success and growth.
(Come on Aberdeen, Inverness, Perth, Stirling and Dundee!)
The latest industry survey conducted on behalf of ScotlandIS found that confidence is high in the sector, with more than 8 out of 10 businesses expecting to recruit new staff in the coming year. It also found that exports are on the up, Scottish companies looking to the USA, Canada and Europe as the next markets for expansion.
Entries deadline: Wednesday 24 February 2016
Awards ceremony Wednesday 20 April 2016
Location: The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow.