The Tees Tech Awards is set to be a ground-breaker as one of the first live events at the end of Covid restrictions.
Organisers Tees Business had initially planned for the second annual Tech Awards to be a virtual event following the success of the inaugural awards last August.
However, the government’s roadmap to post-Covid normality has resulted in a change of heart, with the awards now set to take place in Wynyard Hall’s Grand Marquee on the evening of Thursday, July 1.
It means the Tees Tech Awards are likely to be one of the first events to take place following the planned lifting of restrictions. scheduled to be no sooner than June 21.
In an added twist, the Tees Business organisers promise the event will also be streamed live on YouTube, giving those who prefer not to attend an opportunity to watch from home.
And the awards will revert to virtual plans if the government’s roadmap does not stay on course.
Dave Allan, co-director of Tees Business owners Resolution Media and Publishing, said: “We’re incredibly excited that the Tech Awards will now be at the forefront of the much-awaited return to normality.
“The Tech Awards, which we organise in partnership with DigitalCity and Middlesbrough Digital, were previously going to be held virtually on May 27 with all presentations made virtually via a series of Zoom calls to the finalists.
“But the government’s roadmap from lockdown means it was sensible to reconsider our plans. Rather than being one of the last to hold a virtual event, we will now be one of the first to return to ‘real’ events post-lockdown.
“Naturally our plans are subject to the roadmap remaining on course. Naturally, if there are setbacks to the government’s roadmap, then we will return to a virtual event as originally planned but on our new date of July 1.”
Fellow director Martin Walker added: “We plan to film the awards and stream them live on YouTube, allowing many who can’t be there to enjoy the live experience and excitement.
“While we do, of course, hope that plenty of people will join us at the event, the live streaming element does mean that people can watch from home or elsewhere if they prefer.
“We’re grateful for the support of our headline sponsors DigitalCity and Middlesbrough Digital for this exciting change of plan, which we believe is something the digital sector will truly look forward to.”
Entries for the Tees Tech Awards 2021 are now open. More details here.