The IET Innovation Awards 2016 (image)

16 November 2016 | The Brewery, London, UK


2016 category sponsor

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Information Technology

Sponsored by GCHQ



 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.


There are three simple steps to entering the awards


Prepare your entry form and any supporting evidence (if appropriate) along with a high res photo (min. 300dpi) of your innovation. You’ll need a succinct title and a brief description (50 words max), we also ask for a PR contact (if relevant).


Register as a new user on the online submission system and submit your entry form, evidence and photo following the on-screen instructions.


Put 16 November 2016 in your diary. You’ll need to attend the ceremony if you’re shortlisted!




Handy hints for completing your entry form

  • The title of your entry should describe the content and not include the name of your company or organisation with no more than 15 words
  • You may enter up to three categories with each innovation but will require a separate entry form for each
  • Ensure you actually describe how your innovation works (simple, but not always the case!)
  • No sales jargon please
  • Be specific to the questions posed
  • Remember to refer back to the judging criteria
  • Please remember that it is quality over quantity. Pay attention to the guideline words lengths
  • The description in question five may be used to describe your innovation in any general marketing and publicity that the institution does on your behalf should your entry reach finalist stage of the awards. This marketing will reach a very broad audience and needs to be constructed in non-technical terms. It should not simply repeat the entry title as the two will usually be listed together