Friday, September 30, 2005

UK IT Awards

It was a busy week for the UK's IT industry as two major awards were announced. On Tuesday the CNET Networks UK Technology Awards 2005 were held at London's Park Lane Hotel. Winners were announced in 14 categories, with the award for Outstanding Contribution to the UK Technology Industry going to Sir Terry Matthews. Other categories included the Public Sector Technology Project of the Year, sponsored by Fujitsu and won by Ashford Borough Council. A full list of winners and sponsors of the 2005 CNET Networks UK Technology Awards can be seen at the CNET site.

On Thursday the Park Lane Hilton was host to the second major IT awards ceremony of the week, as the British Computer Society (BCS) announced its IT Professional Awards. These awards seek to honour IT innovation and personal ingenuity across all sectors of business, academia, government and public service. The awards recognise excellence, professionalism and innovation across five categories: business achievement, technological innovation, professional development, e-GIF and individual excellence. This year's awards also included a mobile computing award for the first time, recognising the fast changing nature of the technology sector. A total of 94 medallists were shortlisted for the awards, from a record number of entrants. Each of the five main categories had winners in a number of sub-categories, while there were two BCS President's Awards: The Symantec Mobile computing Award went to eCourier and the Women in IT Award, sponsored by Cisco Systems, went to Sopra Newell & Budge. A full list of winners and sponsors can be found on the BCS IT Professional Awards 2005 press release.