Two of the UK's most prestigious technology awards have this week called for entries to their 2005 awards:
Entries are invited for the CNET Networks Technology Awards 2005, which will be awarded at a gala dinner in London's Park Lane Hilton on 27th September 2005. These high profile awards seek to recognise excellence and innovation in IT, and honours are awarded in 14 categories. These include the Outstanding Contribution to Software Development, which rewards individuals or groups whose products, projects, new open standards, research results or other efforts have contributed to software development as a discipline. The Open Source Initiative of the Year award is judged on both technical innovation and commercial potential and recognises the growing significance of open source in the enterprise technology sector.
The DTI/InterForum E-Commerce Awards have a closing date for applications of 29th July 2005. Winners will be awarded on 6th October, with the overall winner receiving £50,000 in cash along with the title of E-Champion 2005. These awards have recognised innovation in the application of ICT for small and medium-sized companies since 1999. They are open to any UK business with up to 250 employees and operate on a regional and nation level, with each of the 12 regional category winners going forward to the national category awards. The local awards event will take place in September, and each regional competition is open to sponsorship by local companies. In the East of England region, for example, the main sponsors are the East of England Development Agency and BT.