The SPARKies awards – the ultimate celebration of the best in tech in the South West – is back and headed to Bath’s classic Komedia on 29 June for an evening of digital debauchery, comedy and awards for everything from outstanding tech startups to mentors, hardware, virtual reality and more.

Previously hosted by award-winning comedians Jarred ChristmasTom Craine and John Robins – the ceremony itself shifts the focus away from stuffy corporate affairs and aims to inject colour and fun into celebrating the tech community.

Check out the awards video from 2016 to see what all the excitement is about:


The event, which has been running since 2012, has a total of 15 categories to ensure the entire tech spectrum is covered – including the supporters who work tirelessly to support and grow the cluster.

Not only that ,but there are several new categories to get involved with this year, including a ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award, a ‘Data Data Data’ award and an award for the most exceptional use of VR, AR and Mixed Realities.

The event will also see the return of the ‘People’s Choice’ award, which saw the involvement of hundreds from the local tech scene decide their favourite South West tech company in 2016.

Get involved!

The SPARKies is about community rather than profit, but in order for it to be a success, it needs the support of sponsors from the local networks, professional services & tech industries who in return get a great amount of brand awareness in the region, especially amongst the tech & SME community.

There are various ways to get involved, including sponsoring an individual award, and sponsorship is a great way to connect with – and give back to – the local tech community.

  • In order to win one of these shiny SPARKies tech awards, you’ll need to be nominated of course – so keep your eyes peeled for more information on how to nominate your favourites in the next few weeks.
  • Like to get more involved with the tech community in the South West? Why not join the volunteer SPARKies team to help run the awards – it’s a lot of fun!
  • Fancy being a sponsor? Whether you can be a provider of Prosecco or be an all-out headline sponsor, all contributions help to make SPARKies THE go-to event to celebrate the best of tech in the West.

If you want to get involved with the SPARKies in any way please drop us a line on We look forward to hearing from you!