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Digital Tech 2024

Applications for the Digital Technology Awards 2024 have now closed!

The shortlist will be announced in March, tickets are available to buy now.

Thursday 2nd May 2024, Radisson Blu, Glasgow


Tickets are now available to buy. Prices are as follows:

  • Member ticket – £110 +VAT
  • Member table of 8 – £850 +VAT
  • Non-member ticket – £125 +VAT
  • Non-member table of 8 – £1000+VAT

Digital Tech Awards return for 2024

The ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards showcase excellence within the industry rewarding the innovation, expertise and ambition of businesses large and small – and the people that drive them.

Let’s highlight some of the great achievements within the tech sector over the last 12 months – nominate your organisation or an individual for the chance to be recognised amongst your peers.

We have two brand-new awards for 2024: Cyber Trailblazer, looking to recognise companies that have a novel solution to a cyber challenge, and Digital Tech Rising Star, shining a light on early career talent and the leaders of tomorrow.

If you have created a product or service that brings benefit to society, you could be eligible for the Tech for Good award, while innovative applications of data to transform businesses could indicate our Data Trailblazer.

If your organisation shows employees they are valued, and goes that extra mile to provide a positive working environment, then you might just have the Best Wellbeing at Work. The Digital Tech Business of the Year category looks to recognise start-ups, scale-ups and large companies that impress the judges with their outstanding tech, commercial success and growth over the past year.


There are a variety of different awards up for grabs that could shine a light on the fantastic work you’ve been doing, and all the criteria for each category is detailed below so you can prepare your application answers in advance.

Digital Tech 2024 will take place on 2nd May, at the Radisson Blu hotel in Glasgow. We look forward to you joining us for a night of food, fun and celebration of the industry.

If you have any questions about the Digital Tech Awards, please contact marketing@scotlandis.com.

Sponsorship

Looking for the opportunity to boost your brand visibility and establish yourself among the best and brightest of the Scottish tech scene? Sponsoring Digital Tech Awards 2024 can help you do just that!

Running for almost fifteen years, the Awards attract the innovative up-and-coming stars of the tech landscape, to the hugely successful, established players.

By becoming a sponsor, you’ll get the chance to align your brand to this incredible audience, and show your unwavering support for the growth and success of the Scottish tech community. Title Sponsor will have the opportunity to give a welcome address, and Awards Sponsors introduce each award on stage and present them to the winners.

You can view the available levels of Digital Tech Awards Sponsorship here, or to discuss our Sponsorship opportunities, please get in touch with Catriona Blair at catriona.blair@scotlandis.com

Categories

Our Digital Technology Awards are open to all companies who have a base in Scotland and work within the digital space. *APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED*

Tech for Good

This category looks to recognise companies that, in the last 12 to 18 months, diverted resources from their business as usual to other projects bringing benefit to the world.

The judges would welcome applications that include, but are not limited to, tech for safety/security, tech for health or tech for societal benefit. 

To enter, all you need to do is tell us:

  • What did you want to achieve?
  • What did you do?
  • Why did you do this instead of something else?
  • What did you achieve?
  • Was there any additional impact above and beyond?

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Service Innovation

This category can be entered by any company that has developed a service in the last 12 to 18 months that can be viewed as innovative or disruptive. We are looking to recognise the very best achievements in harnessing the power of digital to secure a clear market success.

The judges will want to understand the strategy behind the creation of the successful service, and to know where it is headed long-term. The service being nominated for this award must be an operating service with a proven customer base.

To enter, all you need to do is tell us:

  • What is the service you have created?
  • Why? What was the market need?
  • How did you do it?
  • Tell us about your results – sales increases, market share, new customers and/or markets.
  • Why do you think it’s the most innovative or disruptive?

Product Innovation

This category can be entered by any company that has developed a product in the last 12 to 18 months, that can be viewed as innovative or disruptive. We are looking to recognise the very best achievements in harnessing the power of digital to secure a clear market success.

The judges will want to understand the strategy behind the creation of the successful product, and to know where it is headed long-term. The product being nominated for this award must be an operating product with a proven customer base.

To enter, all you need to do is tell us:

  • What is the product you have created?
  • Why? What was the market need?
  • How did you do it?
  • Tell us about your results – sales increases, market share, new customers and/or markets.
  • Why do you think it’s the most innovative or disruptive?

Best Wellbeing at Work

We want to celebrate the workplace that has the wellbeing of its people as a main priority and shows this in a variety of ways, both big and small.

If your organisation shows employees that they are valued, and goes that extra mile to provide a positive working environment, then you might just have the Best Wellbeing at Work. 

To enter, all you need to do is tell us:

  • How does the business show staff that they are valued?
  • What is offered that goes above and beyond the norm?
  • How do you know the team benefits from this?
  • Do the efforts of the organisation go beyond working hours and if so, in what way?
  • How do you make sure people have a good work/life balance and can avoid burnout?

Sponsored by:

Data Trailblazer

Innovative uses of data and analytics can drive significant transformation for organisations, ranging from improved business performance or operations through to driving new solutions and capabilities.

This award is to recognise teams or individuals who, within the last year, have used data to innovate and transform their business, their client relationships or the services and products they deliver to market.

To enter, all you need to do is tell us:

  • What was the new business opportunity or process that was created or transformed through the use of data?
  • What did you do to leverage your data in a new way?
  • What was transformational to your business by leveraging data?
  • Tell us your results of using data in an innovative way. Specifically, sales increases, market share, key customers, impact, improved operational processes.
  • Why do you think it’s the most innovative or disruptive?

Cyber Trailblazer

This award is to recognise cyber security companies that have adopted or developed new and novel solutions/products to a cyber related problem or challenge.

The judges are looking for a company that has worked with people, process and technology in mind.

If you have developed a solution/product that demonstrates clear benefits within the world of defending/disrupting or supporting organisations to prevent, respond or recover from cyber attacks, then we want to hear from you.

To enter, all you need to do is tell us:

  • What was the solution/product that was created through working with people, process and technology in mind?
  • How did you come up with the idea?
  • Why do you think it is trailblazing?
  • Tell us how you know your product is successful. Specifically, sales increases, market share, new customers and/or markets.

Public Sector Innovation

This award looks to recognise a company that has worked in partnership with suppliers to create an outcome for public good.

To enter, all you need to do is tell us:

  • What was the time scale of the project: when did it start and finish or is it ongoing?
  • Tell us about the outcomes and how you measured the success.
  • How did you guide the public sector team through the change?
  • What challenges did you encounter and how did you overcome them?
  • What was the impact – how did people respond to the result?
  • What makes this innovative?

Digital Tech Rising Star

This category aims to recognise someone who is early in their career within a digital tech role but showing real skill already.

The judges want to shine a light on early career talent and the leaders of tomorrow.

To enter, all you need to do is tell us:

  • Name of the person you’re nominating
  • Email address of the person you’re nominating (so we can contact them if they’re successful)
  • Do they know you’ve nominated them?
  • Why are you nominating them (in as much detail as possible)?

Digital Technology Business of the Year – Start-Up, Scale-Up, Enterprise

Our top awards will go to the business that most impress the judges with their commercial success and growth. The business will be demonstrably well-managed, produce outstanding technology products or services – and above all has outstanding long-term growth potential.

To enter, all you need to do is tell us:

  • What size is your business? (Start-Up = Under 4 years, Scale-Up = Fewer than 100 staff, or Enterprise = 100+staff)
  • Tell us of your commercial success and evidence of growth.
  • Explain to us why this is impressive compared to your competitors and peers.
  • Demonstrate that your success is sustainable long term.
  • How many customers do you have and how many of these are new customers? 

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Check out last year’s winners

Product/Service Innovation

Best Wellbeing at Work

Tech for Good

Unsung Hero

Data Trailblazer

Public Sector Innovation

Digital Tech Business of the Year – Start Up

Digital Tech Business of the Year – Scale Up

Digital Tech Business of the Year – Enterprise



Frequently Asked Questions

DOES MY COMPANY HAVE TO HAVE A SCOTTISH BASE (OR SCOTTISH CLIENTS)?

 Yes.                

WHO CAN MAKE A NOMINATION?                       

The awards are open to any person or company who have a base in Scotland and work within the digital space. 

IS THERE ANY COST INVOLVED IN APPLYING?               

Nope, it’s completely free to enter. The only cost involved is the cost of attending the Awards dinner if you are shortlisted. For members a table of 8 is £850+vat and for non-members £1000+vat. An individual ticket is £110+vat for members and £125 for non-members.             

HOW DO I ENTER?                      

Easy, complete the online application form by the deadline of 5pm on Wednesday 21st February 2024. You will continue to be able to view your application and amend or update it until the deadline.

CAN I ENTER BY POST OR EMAIL?

No unfortunately not, entries must be submitted using our online platform.                       

WHAT MAKES A GOOD ENTRY?                

Try to bear the following tips in mind when completing the online entry form:

  • Make sure that you have answered all the questions as fully as possible.
  • Ensure that you show clearly how your nomination meets the criteria defined for this award category. Keep your entry concise and focused.
  • Do not exceed the maximum word count. The judges will be looking for tangible evidence to support your entry.
  • Please supply examples, testimonials or feedback where possible. Only submit supporting evidence if it helps to support your success.            

CAN I APPLY FOR MORE THAN ONE AWARD?

Yes, you can apply for as many categories as you like.

WHAT FORMAT SHOULD SUPPORTING INFORMATION BE?                  

PDF, jpg, or docx – and less than 2MB.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I’VE SUBMITTED MY ENTRY?

All nominations are kept confidential until the judging panel sits. We will then write to all those who were nominated or who submitted nominations to advise them whether or not they were shortlisted. The submission document will provide the basis for shortlisting entrants where a final decision will be made on the winning entry. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony on Thursday 2nd May 2024. Please ensure a representative of the nominated company will be available to attend the ceremony in Glasgow on this date, in order to receive their award if successful. The finalists and winners will be selected by an independent panel made up of experts. ScotlandIS staff do not sit on the panel and have no influence on the panel’s decisions.

WILL I RECEIVE FEEDBACK ON MY SUBMISSION?

Due the overwhelming number of applications we receive, we will try to provide feedback where possible to unsuccessful applicants but we cannot guarantee this. When shortlisted applicants are announced, we will reveal the reasons they were shortlisted.         

HOW CAN I ATTEND THE AWARDS?

All shortlisted companies and individuals will be invited to attend the awards at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow, with tables and individual tickets available for purchase.

Any other questions? Get in touch with Events Producer Catriona Blair, catriona.blair@scotlandis.com
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