Over 400 guests from the technology industry in Wales celebrated success at the Wales Technology Awards 2018, supported by Headline Partner GoCompare.
Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns, joined the ESTnet to honour the achievements of the companies that are driving the future of Welsh tech. Recognised as the must-attend annual event for Wales’ tech industry, the 2018 awards saw the Secretary of State joining over 400 guests of the ESTnet (the network for Wales technology industry), who represent the country’s largest tech companies, SMEs, and most ambitious start-ups.
Cardiff’s prestigious City Hall provided the backdrop for the awards, on an evening that saw nine companies claim the industry’s most coveted accolades. The winners included AMPLYFI, Capital Network Solutions, DevOpsGuys, BCC IT, Signum Health Ltd, Silvertel, We Build Bots, and Wales Interactive. For a full list and background to the winners please click here.
Speaking at the awards, Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns, said: “The sheer range of technological innovation here in Wales is breath taking. It ranges from the most advanced algorithms of Artificial Intelligence to the way technology is influencing the construction of traditional products like cars.
“The UK Government is doing all it can to nurture and cultivate the technology sector. But in an industry that moves at breath taking speed, events like the Wales Technology Awards allow us to pause and measure just how far we have come, celebrate our technology milestones and the vital contribution they make to the Welsh economy. I wish all the nominees and winners every success over the years ahead.”
Addressing the evening’s guests, ESTnet managing director, Avril Lewis, said: “This evening is a true celebration of the outstanding successes of the Welsh technology sector, and the limitless opportunities it will explore and create in the future.
“We are an ambitious country, with a motivated and talented workforce that has attracted some of the world’s largest tech companies and enabled a new generation of start-ups to grow. The Wales Technology Awards stand to champion all that we, as an industry, have achieved over the past year, and all we will achieve in the future.
“Our winners exemplify the collaborative, enabling, and enterprising nation we know Wales to be. Their successes demonstrate how our sector is essential for the economic growth of our country, the creation of new opportunities for the next generation, and preparing Wales for the challenges of tomorrow.”
The awards were supported by some of the industry’s most influential companies and experts, including, Headline Partner GoCompare, Barclays Eagle Labs, BeTheSpark, Capital Law, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Careers Wales, Cazbah, Cinemerse, Coleg Gwent, Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult, CPS Group, IQE plc, Genero, MHA Broomfield Alexander, Mobilise Cloud, Newport Wafer Fab, Smart Solutions, Sony UK Technology Centre, Welsh ICE, and Wynne Jones.
Speaking on behalf of the event’s Headline Partner, Jackson Hull, chief operating and technology officer at GoCompare, said: “We’re excited to partner with the Wales Technology Awards to celebrate and support the best of Welsh tech.
“As one of the UK’s most prominent fintech brands, our goal is to help support the future of tech in the region and help establish Wales as a UK tech hotspot, through attracting and developing the very best talent to drive innovation and excellence in the industry.
“Celebrating success is a key part of this and we couldn’t be happier to extend our congratulations to everyone nominated and in particular, tonight’s winners.”
This year’s winners were selected by a judging panel comprised of some of the UK’s leading business and technology experts, and chaired by one of Wales’ most successful entrepreneurs, Ashley Cooper. A big thank you to all our judges who gave up their time for free.