The countdown is well underway for Thursday’s long-awaited, highly anticipated and much rearranged Tees Tech Awards – and a digital version of the programme for the inaugural event is now available to view online, featuring details of all those shortlisted and sponsoring.
As Tees Business executive editors Martin Walker and Dave Allan say in their foreword to the 32-page Endeavour Partnership-sponsored programme, “The presentation of the Tech Awards will finally take place four months after originally planned – with the ever-changing threat of Covid, government guidance and our own determination to get it right meaning the script was ripped up and rewritten on more occasions than we choose to remember.
“But we’re ready to celebrate the achievements and potential of our digital giants and minnows – to shine a light on a sector that we feel has too often gone under the radar.”
The virtual awards will be streamed as live as a 90-minute show on the Tees Business YouTube channel from 7pm this Thursday, after being compiled and edited at the Darlington studios of Recognition PR earlier in the day.
Hosted by former BBC Tees presenter John Foster, the show will start with chats with Dave Allan of Tees Business, Tees digital leading light Tom Howsam and both David Dixon and Daniel Watson of headline sponsors DigitalCity and Middlesbrough Digital respectively.
Then it’s on with the awards, starting with the Tech for Good category, with ADEO Group, Code 4000 and Itchyrobot all shortlisted.
Each category will feature a short video – created by Middlesbrough’s Wander Films – featuring those shortlisted before John Foster hosts a Zoom call featuring a representative of the category sponsor and individuals from each of those shortlisted.
After a brief chat with John, the sponsors will open a golden envelope to reveal the category winner.
As part of the Tees Tech Awards, viewers are also being encouraged to fundraise for Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, who will pass on donations to local families struggling during the ongoing pandemic.
Organised by Tees Business in association with DigitalCity and Middlesbrough Digital, the inaugural Tees tech Awards is backed by category sponsors Domino’s Teesside, Cornerstone Business Solutions, Punch Robson Solicitors, Baldwins, Jacksons Law Firm, Tracerco, Communicate Technology PLC, Davies Tracey Chartered Accountants, Middlesbrough College and Recognition PR. Prosecco sponsors are accountants Abacus Bean, while HR Alchemy are wine sponsors.
All sponsors will receive a Domino’s pizza for their “guests”, together with wine, prosecco, a chocolate, Tees Business face mask and the awards programme.