We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who joined us for the Silicon Canal Birmingham Tech Awards 2019 on Thursday night! Thank you to all the judges, presenters and helpers for making the night a success and a huge congratulations to all the award winners!
The winners were:
Rising Star in Tech – Tom Goodman
Tom is clearly an accomplished technologist with a successful career in academia, but what brings him out as a Rising Star in Birmingham is his dedication to an inclusive approach to connecting technology communities across the region, through Hack the Midlands and also through his involvement with Women in Technology.
Developer of the Year – Javier Mirander
Javier has demonstrated role model behaviours not only in his day to day work but in his activity within the tech community giving significant support for Birmingham Tech Hub and Women in Tech Week.
Inspiring Individual of the Year – Dr. Sarah Jones
Sarah won a huge share of the vote for her leadership in the community, her work in the field of virtual reality and also for her work with Woman in Technology.
Tech Startup of the Year – Nourished
Nourished inspired our judges by being a company that was founded here in Birmingham specifically to make use of the talent available locally and for bringing an innovative product to market.
Small Company of the Year – School of Code
This was the most hotly competed category at the awards. School of Code won our award for being a game changer in the way developers are educated. Their programs are massively inclusive and the results they achieve speak for themselves. Almost everyone that has been through a school of code bootcamp has been recruited helping to reduce the digital skills gap.
Large Company of the Year – The Economist
Any large company that brings their development team to Birmingham and engages so well with the tech community is going to win over our judges!
Tech Meetup of the Year – Brum AI (The Birmingham Artificial Intelligence Meetup)
The way that Artificial Intelligence can be innovated and ethically deployed is a cornerstone of the future of Birmingham’s technical and digital capabilities
Investor of the Year – Midven
In February 2018, they were appointed to manage the £35 million equity portion of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund. Midven continue to partner with the region’s most ambitious entrepreneurs to develop and grow the regional economy.
Outstanding Individual of the Year – Yiannis Maos
We felt that Yiannis deserved special recognition for leading the team that delivered Tech Week back in October and for his advocacy and support of the Birmingham Tech Ecosystem.