The Techies 2020 – A virtual success

By Anita Jaynes on 6 November, 2020

On the first night of Lockdown 2.0, The Business Exchange hosted The Techies Awards 2020, celebrating the best in Swindon and Wiltshire tech.

Supported by the Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership as headline sponsor, the Techies puts the spotlight on our area’s most innovative businesses and showcases our region’s talent.

Despite the national mood, the Techies raised spirits with well over 100 people participating in the awards online. The awards were broadcast live on Zoom, with judges and sponsors presenting awards from their homes.

To make the event more interactive, attendees received ‘Techies Tuck Packs’ ahead of the night, packed full of goodies from Wiltshire producers. The crowd also received a Techies awards playlist to get them in the mood and watched a cocktail demo from Hugh Anderson at Downton Distillery on how to make the perfect celebratory drink. During the interval there was a turntablist set from DJ Asian Hawk and everyone tucked in to a chocolate fondant, delivered to their doorstep by Fluffy Puffin.

The competition was fierce this year and all finalists should be proud of their achievements. We are delighted to announce the winners in each category.

Flying the Flag for Swindon & Wiltshire Tech – Sponsored by SETsquared

Best Tech Support Service

Future Tech Superstar – Sponsored by the Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Social Impact Award – Supported by Business West’s Innovate 2 Succeed Programme

Driven by Data – Sponsored by Purple Lime

Best Tech Start-up – Supported by Tech Swindon

Tech Team of the Year – Sponsored by Thrings

Most Innovative Tech Solution – Sponsored by Shaw & Co

Best User Experience

Using Tech to Transform Business Sponsored by Elm Workspace

Cutting IT Award – Sponsored by All Boxed

Best Tech Security

Techies judge, James Eades, Managing Director, Systemagic, said, “In a year where technology has played a huge role in keeping the economy, and life in general, moving, it has been fantastic to read so many strong awards entries from Wiltshire’s finest digital and technology companies. Wiltshire continues to produce innovative, clever and lucrative tech, creating jobs and raising the profile of our county. The Techies gives a voice to this sector and it has been a privileged to once again be involved in the process.”

Full coverage of the Techies Awards will be printed in the December/January edition of The Business Exchange.

Pictured above: Kate Westbrook, Techies judge and Head of Commercial at Thrings