The SPARKies Awards 2014

Sparkies awards winner From Chips to

The #theSPARKies awards 2014, the digital and tech awards for the west, were held in Komedia on 30 October 2014 as part of the Bath Digital Festival. With 14 categories and 30 fantastic judges the awards recognised the very best digital and tech projects, companies and individuals in our region.

The evening itself was a fun-filled tech-fest featuring remote control inflatable sharks, hilarious compering by comedian Tom Craine and a true celebration of all that’s amazing about tech in Bristol, Bath and the West.

You can get a flavour of what the SPARKies awards 2014 were like in the video below:

The full list of the SPARKies 2014 award categories along with the 2014 winners are shown below. Well done everybody!
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Congratulations are also in order to those who were shortlisted or nominated, the judges were amazed by the high standards of the nominees. It’s a true recognition of the breadth of tech talent in the region, and we’d like to thank everyone who was involved, particularly our judges and sponsors.

You can see the video of those nominated for a SPARKies award below:

The Winners

Best Game award

Amazing-frogGames entered in this category were finalised and released in the last 12 months. The judges accepted any kind of game (e.g. mobile, console) but it had to be a successful commercial release to be considered.

Winner: Amazing Frog? (Fayju)

The judges said: ‘It’s fun and dynamic, with a million and one things going on. A game you can never get fed up with and technically brilliant.’

Also shortlisted:

Sponsor:

natter

 

Best Mentor/Advisor award

Mark-MasonThis category recognised those who have gone out of their way, providing their own time or resources to advise and support a company or individual to achieve success in the tech sector.

Winner: Mark Mason

The judges said: ‘Founder of Mubaloo, Mark combines mentoring with running a successful creative business. His development of talent has created many business opportunities and demonstrated the value of learning and mentoring.’

Also shortlisted:

Sponsor:

gradwell-logo

 

 

 

Best App award

wriggleApps entered in this category were finalised and released in the last 12 months. Either a web or mobile app, this category was judged on the way the app looked and operated; its stability, speed, content and its functionality.

Winner: Wriggle

The judges said: ‘We were impressed by the simple design and great usability of the Wriggle app, plus it gives great offers on food and helps reduce food waste.’

Also shortlisted:

Sponsor:
deloitte-digital

 

 

Future SPARK award

jake-chandrasakeraThis award is designed to recognise a member of the digital community who is 21 or under, is incredibly talented and destined for great things.

Winner: Jake Chandrasakera

The judges said: ‘Jake perfectly demonstrates the benefits of being both knowledgeable and passionate about what you do. He is clearly a fantastic innovator and it’s great that he’s been at the forefront of establishing SoMo Global in the region.’

Also shortlisted:

Sponsor:

deep-blue-sky

 

 

Startup to Watch award

ultrahapticsThe winner of this award is a startup that is expected to be make waves in 2015.

Winner: Ultrahaptics

The judges said: ‘This is stunning technology with so many applications and they have progressed rapidly, raising funds and hiring a quality CEO. We expect to see great things from them in 2015!’

Also shortlisted:

Sponsor:

crowdbnk

 

 

Developer/ Coder of the Year award

sam-daviesThe judges for this award were looking for developers with excellent technical abilities, with proven results in creative problem solving and who are naturally collaborative and communicative.

Winner: Sam Davies

The judges said: ‘Sam scored highly on all of the criteria: of specific note are both his prolific contributions to open-source projects and his talks and presentations both in Bristol and internationally!’

Also shortlisted:

Sponsor:

orange_logo

 

 

The ‘Good’ award

pesky-gnatsThis category recognised the best use of technology for doing good.

Winner: Opposable Games and HandAxe Ltd (Pesky gNATS)

The judges said: ‘Pesky gNats is a computer game that uses core elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. We love the extension of gaming into the therapeutic space, connecting with young people in their own world.’

Also shortlisted:

Sponsor:

REALWORLD_logo

 

 

Best Service Provider award

setsquaredThis awards is designed to recognise a company that has demonstrated a sustained level of support and made a clear difference to the region’s digital sector.

Winner: SETsquared

The judges said: ‘We were impressed with the winner’s well-proven track record over the last 10 years. SETsquared’s success is now world recognised and they actively drive the development of the tech sector in the Bristol and Bath region.’

Also shortlisted:

Sponsor:

freeagent_logo

 

 

From Chips to… award

ultrahapticsThis award looked to celebrate a company, project, organisation or individual that uses hardware in an innovative way.

Winner: Ultrahaptics

The judges said: ‘This is as close to magic as technology can come and the solution to ‘feel’ touch in mid-air has many practical applications. The company has made good progress in developing the tech and is ready to get commercial – next year will be an exciting ride!”

Also shortlisted:

Sponsor:
bristol-and-bath-logo

 

Individual Contribution to Technology award

ben-trewhellaThis award is for a person who has gone out of their way to further the tech sector in the region.

Winner: Ben Trewhella

The judges said: ‘Ben is very engaged in the tech community and dedicated to making the Bristol region a focus for gaming in the UK. His reputation is incredibly strong, he has delivered real value to the area and is always looking to help other start-ups.’

Also shortlisted:

Sponsor:

scott_logic

 

 

Totally Killing it Abroad award

coullThe winner of this category is successfully competing in the global market with a large percentage of their revenue or traffic coming from outside the UK.

Winner: Coull

The judges said: ‘Their philosophy of Bristol-first, avoiding better-known tech centres such as Silicon Roundabout, shows that it’s possible to “kill it” globally with local talent and without compromise.’

Also shortlisted:

Sponsor:

tcuk-logo

 

 

Founder/Entrepreneur of the Year award

joel-gibbardThis is an award for those in our community who have consistently demonstrated a significant entrepreneurial spirit and whose digital activity has shown commitment, enthusiasm, success and achievement.

Winner: Joel Gibbard

The judges said: ‘Brilliant use of new technology to disrupt a tired old sector and transform lives by making prosthetics more capable, affordable and accessible. Joel combines technical brilliance with a positive social mission, making this a real example of entrepreneurship at its best.’

Also shortlisted:

Sponsor:

ashfords

 

 

Biggest Success Story award

vouchercloudFor this award the judges were looking for a company or an individual that had achieved clear metrics of success in the last 12 months.

Winner: Vouchercloud

The judges said: ‘Vouchercloud has transformed the digital approach to vouchers and achieved 300% growth in employment and 400% in revenue. It’s now expanding globally from its Bristol base.’

Also shortlisted:

Sponsor:

tlt

 

Best Startup award

zynstraStarting a digital company is tough, and this award recognises a company that is doing it really well. The best startup will have achieved significantly to date, and will have significant potential for future growth.

Winner: Zynstra

The judges said: ‘A fantastic team that is making great progress in a very large market. A great example of a local team thinking global from day one in a tough enterprise market.’

Also shortlisted:

Sponsor:

bristol-and-bath-science-park