The awards will recognise everything from pure-play digital startups to traditional firms using digital innovation to transform their business. It will also highlight the use of digital technologies to find new ways to deliver public services, and the artists, creatives and musicians using digital approaches to enhance the life and culture of the city.
The awards are open to individuals based in or connected to Birmingham, Coventry, the Black Country, Solihull and South Staffordshire.
We have twelve categories designed to highlight the key areas of growth and development in our digital industry. The awards reflect the wide scope of skills being employed in the West Midlands, whether that be technological development or digital delivery.
The awards will allow relatively mature companies to show off their work as well as highlight the important embryonic work being carried out by imaginative companies and individuals. You may enter as many categories as you wish and multiple entries are permitted for different projects.
Digital start up of the year
To celebrate digitally based enterprises younger than two years old. The winner will be bringing something new to the market - a product, a service, and a new approach or all three, with a funding cycle and growth trajectory that marks it out for a great future.
Digital investor of the year
We’re looking for anyone from an angel investor to an institution that is showing faith in the region’s digital entrepreneurs and has a track record of supporting and growing successful digital businesses.
Digital business of the year
Established enterprises (2yrs +) that are wholly digitally based that can demonstrate growth, continued innovation and a solid plan for the future.
Innovation in Education
Individuals or organisations using cutting edge digital approaches to enhance or even revolutionise the learning experience in schools, colleges, universities and beyond.
Innovation in Manufacturing
Manufacturing remains the lifeblood of the region, but it’s a world away from the smokestacks of old. We’ll find the businesses that have used digital innovation to bring new products to market and reinvent the West Midlands as a global hotspot of advanced manufacturing.
Innovation in Public Services
Public bodies using digital innovation to improve access to public services and the quality of the experience for their users. From bin collections to public health, who are this region’s public sector digital leaders?
Innovation in Medicine and Health
The West Midlands is a hub of the life sciences and research in modern medicine and healthcare. We will celebrate the very best in this vital field of endeavour.
Innovation in Marketing and Advertising
The region has hundreds of marketing and ad agencies running millions of pounds-worth of media accounts. Who are the outstanding creatives and media experts who can cut through the digital noise to get their clients’ messages through?
Innovation in Arts and Culture
From using digital media to create entirely new sounds and images to exploiting social media platforms to spread the word, artists have risen to the challenge in the UK’s youngest population. We will find and celebrate the very best.
E-commerce site of the year
Who are the online retailers or B2B vendors whose sites are impossible to leave without clicking ‘add to basket’? The science, art and psychology of online commerce is celebrated in this category.
Digital young person of the year
Whether an entrepreneur, coder, artist or communicator, one of the region’s brightest sparks will be crowned Digital Young Person of the Year. We don’t know exactly what we’re looking for, but we’ll know it when we see it!
The West Midlands Woman in Tech Award
The digital and tech sectors might be booming, but there’s a timebomb just around the corner. Only 17% of people working in tech are women, and only 7% of A-level computer studies students are girls. This category will highlight the awesome contribution of this region’s women in tech, and tell their stories to inspire a new generation.
Terms and conditions
You are eligible to enter The West Midlands Tech Awards 2018 if your website, app, organisation or business is based in or has an obvious interest in the West Midlands.
The closing date for all entries is midnight Friday 17th August 2018.