We’re super excited to announce the return of The SPARKies! And after making you wait last year, we’re doing things slightly early in 2021.

We’ll be returning on Thursday 14th October as part of the Bristol Technology Festival. We’re hoping we can party in person again this year, but we’ll be following the restrictions of the time as everyone’s health and safety is the top priority. As we all know, things change too quickly to make solid arrangements, so watch this space for announcements on whether the awards will be in person, hybrid or virtual.

Now in its ninth year, our annual tech and digital awards will be shining a light on the amazing wealth of tech and creative professionals, startups and businesses in the West of England.

As we attempt to recover from the tumultuous year and a half we’ve had, we feel it’s important to be celebrating the fantastic businesses here in the region. We want to highlight the innovation being created in such abundance in and around the South West, and the people and businesses who make it possible.

TechSPARK’s Managing Director, Ben Shorrock, says, “Now, more than ever, it’s important we come together as a community to recognise and celebrate the work that tech companies across the region are doing. Across our ecosystem people are developing technology that is having a positive impact and shining a light on that is something we absolutely should be doing.”

More to come

Stay tuned for lots of announcements to come over the next couple of months.

We’ll be opening nominations next week, and you’ll have about a month to get these in, so start thinking of your favourite startups, outstanding uses of VR, dedicated mentors and the best examples of tech for good in the West of England. And remember, you can nominate yourself or your own business too!

There will be more information on how you can vote for the People’s Choice Award, longlists, shortlists and an opportunity to grab yourself a ticket closer to the event. We’re so excited to be back – see you there!

If you’d like to be a sponsor or find out more about the SPARKies please drop us a note at hello@techspark.co