A Celebration of Industry Impact

2017 Awards Review

Over 370 ESTnet members and attended the Wales Technology Awards at the Wales Millennium Centre to celebrate the contributions of any industry made up of circa 3,000 businesses and over 40,000 people who, alongside leading universities, are driving the success of Welsh tech sector. 

Successful finalists included Cardiff University’s National Software Academy, James Smith, CEO of DevOpsGuys, Alina Griestaragiene, Senior Device Engineer at Infineon Technologies Newport Ltd, Wealthify, Wales Interactive, and Ysgol Cae Top from Bangor

The Secretary of State for Wales, the Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP, was there to present the coveted Sir Michael Moritz Tech Start-up Award to ‘robo-investing’ firm, Wealthify.

Reflecting on the quality of this year’s record-breaking number of award entries, and the opportunities that lie ahead for the industry, ESTnet Managing Director Avril Lewis said: “Tonight our industry comes together to celebrate all that we have achieved over the past year, as we strive to ensure Wales is recognised as the innovative nation we know it to be.

“Wales is a small, agile and dynamic country, which punches well above its weight when it comes to developing the enabling technologies that advance the way we all work and live. The importance of the Welsh technology sector cannot be overstated. We are nation of innovators and enablers, the applications of the technology we create are far-reaching and pervasive.


This evening’s finalists exemplify this fact. The products they design, develop and integrate, underpin all sectors and touch upon limitless international markets.

“On behalf of the ESTnet and our headline sponsors who have helped make the Wales Technology Awards the flagship event for Wales tech industry, we congratulate all of our finalists and winners.”     

The Wales Technology Awards are supported by some of the Wales leading technology businesses, including its headline sponsor, world leading technology manufacturer, Sony UK Technology Centre.

For a full list of winners, and their videos please click here

To download photographs from the evening, please click here.