The IET Innovation Awards 2014



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Information Technology


We have provided step by step instructions on how to enter the Innovation Awards as well as handy hints for completing your entry form.

All the information you need to enter the Information Technology category can be found here.


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 to transform the way people work and live.

This is often achieved by integrating data from diverse external data sources with other local data to derive new information to inform, control and prioritise the activities of the users of those applications.  Networks have become more sophisticated, databases more powerful and applications more accessible as end user devices become more appealing and easy to use.

Entries to the Information Technology category are welcomed from research, development, demonstration or early life phases of a new idea.

We want to hear about innovations that are clearly capable of commercial exploitation, or have valuable industrial application, or demonstrate advances in application development productivity, application security and reliability, or IT operations. It is important that the commercial potential, or advantages for society at large, can be demonstrated.

The Information Technology Award category welcomes nominations from (but is not limited to) projects that demonstrate:

  • IT efficiency

Innovations which demonstrate that products (software and hardware) work better and that application development becomes faster, more reliable and more secure.  We welcome entries across the spectrum from green computing initiatives to technical excellence.

  • Business efficiency

Innovations which demonstrate improved business process performance, customer service excellence or supplier management efficiency.

  • Information security

Innovations which demonstrate IT security with reference to access, authorisation, protection, preservation and rights; across the infrastructure. With increasing threats from cyber intrusion, innovations that address this significant challenge will be welcomed.

  • Big data / data handling, data management, data mining and data accessibility

Innovations which demonstrate smart data storage solutions, powerful data analysis and novel public  data access and applications of this information (my data vs our data vs your data).

  • Infrastructure transformation leading to societal advantage

Innovative R&D projects where benefits to society/humankind were built into the initial ‘raison d’être’, for instance projects to assist developing countries embrace mobile technology, or projects to help people with disabilities of some kind, projects being undertaken by charities and charitable trusts.

For example, this would be open to both the sponsoring organisations and the technology providers they have partnered with. Solutions delivering business value by addressing and simplifying complexity, particularly in the areas of deploying services. This could be a solution which challenges the economics of operating a data centre.

Submissions can also be entered to show advancements in the use of computing technology, computer control systems or new paradigms for computer systems (for example cloud computing, integration with broadcast technology or social networking).

We have provided step by step instructions on how to enter the Innovation Awards as well as handy hints for completing your entry form.


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 19 November 2014 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