#theSPARKies awards is THE celebration of all things tech and digital in the South West, championing the best startups, companies, entrepreneurs, mentors, hardware, apps, websites and more in the region.

So we really want to make sure those who have done incredible things in or for the South West tech cluster are recognised for their efforts by spreading the word as far and wide as possible through our social media Thunderclap campaign – a message sent out by lots of people at once on social media (Twitter or Facebook) to increase its impact.

As members of the South West tech community, we’re sure you know a person or company that has launched an exciting product, reached an entrepreneurial milestone or helped someone else to make their tech goals happen to name just a few way the SPARKies celebrates what’s happening in the region. No matter how big or small the business (or person), with 15 awards on offer, there’s something to celebrate every achievement.

By sharing the opportunity to be part of the SPARKies or nominating them yourselves, you’ll be helping to make the SPARKies 2017 the biggest and most diverse celebration of tech you’ve ever seen.

So we’d love it if you could get involved by joining our Thunderclap campaign. With our message due to go out on 3 May at 12pm, we need your help to reach our target of 100 supporters – so please sign up now by clicking on the campaign image below.

#theSPARKies nominations are open until 19 May at midnight. Find out more about how to nominate someone and more information about the awards on offer, head to the SPARKies nominations page.