The winners of the Wales Technology Awards have been announced

The eighth Wales Technology Awards celebrated the industry and its achievements at a gala evening held in Cardiff last week.

The awards ceremony, hosted by BBC Wales Newsreader Jennifer Jones, brought together more than 350 people to spotlight the benefits of technology to society and the positive impact of Welsh technology at home and abroad. The event is all about celebrating the finalists and showing that they are a shining example of why Wales is the place when it comes to innovation, creating and driving change.

Winner of the Wales Technology Awards 2022

  • Sir Michael Moritz Tech Founders’ Prize: Ship shape
  • Best International Impact Award – Prodigi Group
  • Tech for the Planet Award – YASA
  • Tech for Good Award – CanSense Ltd
  • Tech for Healthcare and Wellbeing Award – Creo Medical
  • Digital Transformation of the Year Award – Davies Group
  • Best Photonics Application Award – Microlink Devices, Wide Blue and Compound Semiconductor Applications (CSA) Catapult
  • Best Blockchain Application Award – QPQ
  • University and Business Partnership of the Year – Aspire2Be and Swansea University
  • Best Tech Leader Award – Victoria Mann, Near Me Now
  • Best Tech Workplace – Big Lemon
  • Climber of the Year Award – Eleni Sofroniou, ActiveQuote

Business Secretary Vaughan Gething said:

“I am delighted that Technology Connected has brought back the Wales Technology Awards after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

“These awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the thriving and world-class technology industry we have built here in Wales. It is a key engine of economic growth and quality employment, employing around 39,000 people in over 3000 companies, which together generate over £8.5 billion in sales.

“I look forward to seeing this dynamic and innovative sector benefit from future innovations in digital technologies that create further opportunities for our economy and shared prosperity across Wales.”

Ship Shape’s Daniel Sawko commented on her award win:

“We are very pleased to be recognized as winners of the Sir Michael Moritz Tech Start Up Award. It means we are able to build on that success as our business seeks to make a difference through our technology, create jobs and know that we are helping to strengthen the Welsh tech industry.”

The awards ended with a lifetime achievement award presented to Steve Dalton OBE, Managing Director of Sony UK TEC, for his outstanding contribution to the technology industry in Wales.

The awards were created by Technology Connected, commented Avril Lewis, Managing Director of Technology Connected,

“This year’s awards have been outstanding and it has been an absolute pleasure to welcome the industry and its supporting ecosystem to celebrate all things technology in Wales in person.

“The speed and pace of technological advancement and adoption has been exponential in recent years, in part due to the pandemic and the current geopolitical landscape. Against this backdrop, however, what hasn’t changed is the commitment and ingenuity of these companies to push technology and invest in their people and Wales.

“I look forward to seeing what the next year has in store for technology in Wales. We are excited to host the first-ever hybrid Wales Tech Week in early 2023, an international summit where technology meets opportunity and nurtures talent, innovation and ingenuity from Wales.”

The awards were judged by an international panel of technology experts, including former winner Wealthify and leading voices such as Merian Ventures, AberInnovation and Veeqo. The panel was chaired by Aled Miles, President and CEO of Sauce Labs and the Welsh Government’s envoy to the United States, who helped raise the voice of Wales on the international stage.

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