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16 November 2016 | The Brewery, London, UK


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Congratulations to our finalists

The following entries have been shortlisted for the 2016 Information Technology Award:


3D Repo Bid4Free online tendering platform

Bid4Free is an open source online 3D platform for the construction industry where subcontractors can tender for projects at no additional cost. We removed all non-value adding activities so that members can return more tenders more accurately and most importantly for free.

3D Repo, Balfour Beatty and FIS

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Foreign Workers Centralised Management System (FWCMS)

Foreign Workers Centralised Management System is a national-scale customised migrant management solution implemented throughout Malaysia & Malaysian labour-source-countries. It is a holistic end-to-end migrant management solution consisting of multiple scalable modules designed to manage the totality of processes involved in employing migrant workers including recruitment, workplace management, monitoring and repatriation.

Bestinet Sdn Bhd

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Virtual reality simulator for hip replacement surgery to improve patient safety

Our hip replacement simulator enables surgeons to practice on a virtual engineering-based hip model. Our simulator improves surgeon accuracy and skill helping the NHS to reduce training costs and freeing consultancy time. With the aging population, 66,000 hip replacements are performed in the UK annually. Our simulator improves 20% of surgeries which dislocate.

Bournemouth University and Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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The Threads intelligent message hub

Threads combines a whole company’s digital messages – emails and telephone calls – into one intuitive, easily-searchable web-based resource. Threads uses artificial intelligence to analyse and create “threads of discussion” and automatically maintain contact and project records. By analysing all conversations, Threads can extract information otherwise hidden from individual users.

Threads Intelligent Message Hub

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GlobalGateway: Trulioo’s Identity verification verifies 4 billion people in seconds

Trulioo's GlobalGateway enables businesses to perform on-demand ID verification for more than 4 billion people in over 50 countries via 200 data sources. GlobalGateway helps businesses comply with Anti-Money Laundering and Know Your Customer identity verification requirements, enabling businesses to evaluate new and existing users through one, single portal.


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Information Technology information


 Category scope

Information Technology has become much broader in scope than the traditional view of computing. Today, Information Technology is concerned with the development of applications and how the underlying technology transforms the way organisations and people work and live.

Entries to the Information Technology category are welcomed from research, development, demonstration or early life phases of a new idea. Entries are welcome from both commercial and academic organisations.

We want to hear about innovations that are demonstrably capable of commercial exploitation and or provide advantages for society at large.

Typically innovations will be set in a context under one or more of the following headings:

  • IT efficiency
  • Business efficiency
  • Information security
  • Systems management
  • Software development
  • Big data
  • Infrastructure transformation


The entries for this year may well align with (but are not limited to) one of the top ten technology trends identified by Gartner for 2016:

The trends are grouped under three main themes:

  • The Digital Mesh – is a human centred theme that refers to the collection of devices, information, apps, services, businesses and other people that exist around the individual
  1. The Device Mesh – refers to an expanding set of endpoints people use to access applications and information or to interact with people, social communities, governments and business
  2. The Ambient User Experience – the foundation for a continuous user experience preserving continuity across traditional boundaries of devices, time and space
  3. 3D Printing Materials – Innovations in 3D printing are driving user demand as the practical applications for 3D printing expand to more sectors; aerospace, medical, automotive, energy and the military
  4. Smart Machines – describe physical and software based machines that are programmed to learn and adapt from a rapidly expanding set of information sources
  5. Information of Everything – everything surrounding us in the digital mesh is producing, using and communicating with un-measurable amounts of information
  6. Advanced Machine Learning – moves beyond previous attempts to create algorithmic based solutions that harness information of everything to become more insightful, self directed and autonomous
  7. Autonomous Agents and Things – advanced machine learning gives rise to a spectrum of smart machine implementations; including robots, autonomous vehicles, virtual personal assistants and smart advisors
  8. The new IT Reality – addresses key areas in which technology architectures and platforms must change to support the world of digital and autonomous business enabled by the digital mesh and smart machines
  9. Adaptive Security Architecture – the complexities of digital business and the algorithmic economy, combined with an emerging “hacker industry” increase the threat surface for an organisation which must detect and react to threats in a dynamic and adaptive manner
  10. Advanced System Architecture – the digital mesh and smart machines require an architecture to support intense computing capabilities boosted by high powered and ultra efficient neuromorphic systems
  11. Mesh App and Service Architecture - enables delivery of apps and services to the flexible and dynamic environment of the digital mesh
  12. Internet of Things Architecture and Platforms – exist behind the mesh app and service architecture forming a base set of capabilities for communicating, controlling, managing and securing endpoints in the IoT


Further information on these trends can be found on the Gartner website.