Award judges tech their seats

Tees Business co-editor Martin Walker reveals who’ll be judging which categories in the inaugural Tees Tech Awards…

The entries are in – 91 in total – and our judges now have the unenviable task of scoring all the answers as part of this new competition for the region’s tech and digital sector.

From Appamondo to Animmersion… from Salesfire to SockMonkey… all 11 categories are packed with both well-known names as well as some of Teesside’s hidden gems.

The long list is a Who’s Who of the Tees tech digerati as they all hope to pick up the accolades at these first-ever awards, due to be held at Wynyard Hall next month.

And our unique scoring system, first revealed a few weeks ago, has now been put into action, with award sponsors judging five categories each (scroll down to see who’s judging which category).

All their scores will be totalled up, with three finalists and one winner getting the most points – meaning even the sponsors won’t know which name they’re pulling out of the envelope on the night.

Joint headline sponsors and Tees Tech Awards co-founders, DigitalCity and Middlesbrough Digital, will verify the results.

The shortlists will then be announced on March 27, ahead of the awards event on April 23.

A flurry of 47 entries on deadline day ensured the judges have plenty of homework to do over the next two weeks.

We received 15 entries for the Company of the Year category, 17 for Small Business and 15 entries for the Newcomer award, while seven entries in the Innovation category look particularly strong.

We’re also likely to see some well-known, high-profile personalities battle it out for the Business Leader and Tees Tech Ambassador awards.

In the meantime, representatives from DigitalCity, Middlesbrough Digital, Punch Robson Solicitors, Cornerstone Business Solutions, Middlesbrough College, Jacksons Law Firm, Tracerco, Communicate Technology PLC, Baldwins Group, Davies Tracey and Recognition PR are all now busy running the rule over the inaugural entries.

It will all make for an exciting finale on April 23, when we’re expecting 300+ people to gather for the black-tie celebration in Wynyard’s Grand Marquee.

I should point out, at this stage, that we are continually monitoring any potential impact of coronavirus on the Tees Tech Awards. We will follow any government guidelines, advice or restrictions that may be introduced. In the meantime, we’re continuing to prepare for the event, and will keep you updated with any changes.

A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who took the time to enter what we think will be an important competition that will shine an even bigger light on the Tees region’s thriving tech and digital companies.

Martin Walker
Co-editor, Tees Business

Tees Tech Awards – Sponsors’ Scoring Details

Company of the Year
DigitalCity
Middlesbrough Digital
Communicate Technology Baldwins
Punch Robson
Middlesbrough College

Small Business
Jacksons Law Firm
DigitalCity
Tracerco
Davies Tracey
Cornerstone

Innovation
Tracerco
Middlesbrough Digital
Jacksons Law
Davies Tracey
Cornerstone

Tees Tech Partnership
Communicate Technology
DigitalCity
Jacksons Law
Punch Robson
Cornerstone

Digital Transformation
Baldwins
Middlesbrough Digital
Communicate Technology
Cornerstone
Middlesbrough College

Exporter
Davies Tracey
DigitalCity
Tracerco
Recognition
Middlesbrough College

Newcomer
Recognition PR
Middlesbrough Digital
Baldwins
Punch Robson
Cornerstone

Tech for Good
Middlesbrough Digital
Communicate Technology
Baldwins
Davies Tracey
Recognition PR

Business Leader
Punch Robson
Tracerco
Communicate Technology
Davies Tracey
Middlesbrough College

Tech Ambassador
Cornerstone
Jacksons Law
Tracerco
Baldwins
Recognition PR

Rising Star
Middlesbrough College
DigitalCity
Jacksons Law
Recognition PR
Punch Robson

 

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