You’ve been hard at work voting for the SPARKies 2018 People’s Choice award and with just a few days to go until the ceremony, we’re ready to announce the four companies that will be going head to head on the night.

After a clean but hard-fought campaign, the four companies below will be decided by the SPARKies audience at the Marble Factory, Motion on Thursday 21 June. If you want a say, make sure you pick up your SPARKies tickets today.

The Shortlist

LettUs Grow

Description: Building the farms of the future.

From nomination: “LettUs Grow has developed a unique, soil-free method of growing crops, using a technique where the plant roots are suspended in a nutrient-dense mist.

This method has been proven to produce over 150% increase in crop growth rate, compared to existing hydroponic technologies, with minimal increase in energy usage and a 95% reduction in water usage against open field agriculture.”



Description:  Europe’s fastest growing digital and tech conference.

From nomination: “We are proud to have scaled OiConf to become one of Europe’s fastest growing digital and tech innovation events, but also become the South West & Wales largest conference. Working with our partners from across the cluster we have developed a platform that brings together over 2K people to Bristol from across the world. We have also scaled the event with AiConf which come November 15 will be in its second edition and become the South West & Wales biggest ai event of its kind – our efforts are to support the cluster and bring together talent, knowledge and opportunities together from across the UK to my hometown. ”

Open Bionics

Description: Building and developing the next generation of bionic limbs.

From nomination: “Open Bionics transform lives; their bionic prosthetic Hero arms will turn disabilities into superpowers. Their 3D printed arms cost 30 times less than the standard commercially available products. They have partnered with Disney to make bionic hands for kids based on characters in the studio’s movies and have raised £2M at a seed stage. They were also recently featured on ITV’s This Time Next Year! ”



Description: Passionate Web and Mobile Product Development.

From nomination: “I’m nominating Simpleweb because it’s a company that really cares about the world and its inhabitants – perfect for an award that’s decided on by the people!

They’re experts on building tech products from scratch but that’s just the start. With a focus on progressive innovation and new technologies, Simpleweb is at the forefront of new tech and business.


All four of these fantastic companies from the region deserve your consideration, we don’t envy you the choice! Pick up your SPARKies tickets here. Don’t forget to follow us on twitter @techSPARKuk – Instagram @techSPARKuk and Facebook at TechSPARKuk 

Geraint Evans