18 November 2015 | The Brewery, London, UK
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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:
- Computing everywhere – better serving the needs of the mobile user
- The Internet of Things – combining data streams and services for internet connected assets
- 3D printing – across consumer, industrial and biomedical applications
- Advanced, pervasive and invisible analytics – big data are the sources; analytics deliver the answers
- Context-rich systems – embedded intelligence for systems that are alert to the context in which they operate
- Smart machines – autonomous, adaptive machines that are environmentally aware
- Cloud / client computing – convergence of cloud and mobile computing
- Software-defined applications and infrastructure – agile programming across applications and infrastructure enabled by published Application Program Interfaces (API)
- Web-scale IT – delivering large cloud services within enterprise IT
- Risk-based security and self-protection – going beyond perimeter defence by delivering self protecting applications
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 18 November 2015 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