Scottish annual tech sector awards shortlist unveiled

ScotlandIS, the industry body championing Scotland’s digital technologies sector, has unveiled the shortlist for its 10th annual 2020 Digital Technology Awards.

The awards reflect the strength of the sector, celebrating the wealth of innovation and talent Scotland has to offer from tech businesses both small and large. For the very first time, the ceremony will also feature an Unsung Hero Award, dedicated to celebrating community champions across Scotland. The award ceremony will be held virtually this year, with it not currently possible to bring people together physically.

Winners will be announced throughout the day at CmdR, reboot and recover with ScotSoft 2020, on 1st October, with further details to be announced in the coming weeks.

Jane Morrison-Ross, CEO of ScotlandIS said: “Scotland is home to a great number of innovative, world-class and diverse technology businesses and individuals and this is reflected in breadth of talent in this year’s shortlist. Scotland’s robust technology sector continues to strengthen its position as a vital growth engine for the economy despite the challenges Covid-19 has presented in recent months.”

Finalists will be competing across nine categories in total, including the coveted Digital Technology Business of the Year award, and the new Unsung Hero Award. Past winners include Arnold Clark, RBS, and Skyscanner.

The judging panel included experts, champions, and influencers from across the digital technology industry. The awards are sponsored by The Scottish Government and The Data Lab.

The 2020 finalists are:

Product Innovation

  • Cyan Forensics
  • IES
  • Sales Agility

 Service Innovation

  • Sales Agility
  • Good Loop
  • Viarama CIC

 Innovation through Cyber

  • Dundee & Angus College
  • Cybershell Solutions
  • 7 Elements

 Innovation through Data

  • Leidos
  • Cannon
  • STV

 Innovation through Fintech

  • Tindeco
  • Lending Crowd
  • WhisperClaims

 People Development Programme

  • Edge Testing Solutions
  • Inoapps
  • The Data Lab

 Leadership

  • Elaine Maddison, CEO, Brightsolid
  • Sarah Smith, Mercury Product Visionary, City Facilities Management
  • Sheryl Newman, CEO, Appetite for Business

Digital Tech Business of the Year

  • Brand Calibre
  • Whisper Claims
  • Bad Dinosaur
  • Forrit
  • Lending Crowd
  • Inoapps
  • Encompass

 Unsung Hero Award

  • Monica Richardson, Forrit
  • Barry McDonald, Codebase Stirling
  • Toni and Clara, Turing’s Testers
  • Hayden Sutherland, OTIS
  • Kelly Gardner, Codebase Stirling
  • Gregor Suttie, Sword ITS