The Tees Tech Awards are the perfect platform to boost the already powerful tech sector on Teesside, and to use them as “a building block for a really bright future,” says newly crowned Tees Tech Ambassador Dominic Lusardi.
The inaugural Tees Tech Awards – organised by Tees Business, in association with DigitalCity and Middlesbrough Digital – were streamed on YouTube last week.
Receiving his award from Chris Bibby of category sponsors Cornerstone Business Solutions at last week’s inaugural, virtual Tees Tech Awards ceremony, Dominic admitted to being moved by the accolade.
“I have to admit I shed a little tear,” he said.
“I never pat myself on the back and don’t take compliments well, but to be honoured this way by my peers really was touching.”
The award couldn’t have come at a better time for Dominic, who is in the process of stepping back from his role as director and co-founder of Middlesbrough-based visualisation and immersive technology firm, Animmersion.
He is starting to focus on supporting the development of the growing digital cluster in the region, working alongside organisations such as Teesside University and Tees Valley Combined Authority.
Seeing a younger generation of tech maestros honoured at the awards was also a source of joy to Dominic, who moved to Teesside in 1997, promptly fell in love with the region and has been a well- known figure on the tech scene ever since – offering advice, support and words of wisdom, while gaining a reputation as one of the nicest people in the industry.
“The right people won on the night and it showcased an industry of people of a really high calibre,” praised Dominic.
“I particularly loved the reaction from Chloe (Clover) at Wander Films, who is the perfect Rising Star, and Ian (Cornwell) from Kraken IM. He works so hard and you could tell he really didn’t expect to win – it was 100 per cent deserved.
“Then there’s Company of the Year Mabo, who have done so much in employing people and plugging the skills gap.”
As for Dominic’s own award, he said: “It will have pride of place on a shelf in my new garden office. I’m going to dedicate it to my great gran who is my inspiration.
“She came over from Italy, ran a business and always told me that you can be successful as well as being a good person. She told me to always try to do the right thing, and that’s what I do.”