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Awards shortlist unveiled for annual Dynamites tech celebration

Organisers have revealed the shortlist for this year’s Dynamites22 awards.

A number of businesses and individuals are in the running for honours at the ceremony, which champions the region’s tech sector.

This year’s shortlist includes:

  • Best use of data: Azets Newcastle; Fenwick; Jumping Rivers; Kani Payments; Sunderland City Council; Waterstons


  • Equality, diversity and inclusion: Being Woman; Cognassist; Opencast; Success4All


  • Growth explosion: iamproperty; Mediaworks; Opencast; Serios Group


  • Innovator of the year: Haystack; HMRC; iamproperty; Infotel UK Consulting


  • Project of the year (corporate): BAI Communications/Sunderland City Council (smarter together to build the UK’s leading smart city); Bulien (automating analytics in human resources with Alteryx and Power BI); Leighton (British Airways: Manage my booking); Nomad Digital (onboard information system)


  • Project of the year (public sector/ not for profit): NEBRC (incident response helpline); Newcastle City Council/Your Homes Newcastle (Housing Plus pilot), Newcastle College/GNCH (The Great North Children’s Hospital animated symptom management films)


  • Rising star: Helen Robson, Connect Health; Ira Watt, Bulien; Jack Walton, Jumping Rivers; Joe Cockcroft, NEBRC; Russell Johnston, XR Therapeutics; Stella Simbo, Success4All


  • Skills developer: Aspire Technology Solutions; Gateshead College; NHS BSA; SR1 Development


  • Sustainability in tech: Aspire Technology Solutions; Kraken IM; SmartCarbon; NBS; Connected Energy


  • Tech for good: GL Education; Global Teacher; Sage; Success4All


  • Tech champion: Dan Fitzpatrick, Education Partnership; David Sarginson, Opencast; Martin Wilson, NEBRC


The categories also include the Dynamites People’s Choice Award, with the winner coming from the shortlisted entries and chosen by a public vote.

Voting for that accolade closes at 5pm on Friday, October 15.

This year’s judging panel was chaired by Ruth Harrison, global head of industry domains at Thoughtworks and Dynamo advisory board member.

Charlie Hoult, chair of Dynamo’s advisory board, said: “Dynamites22 attracted a record number of entries.

“The huge range of successful companies, brilliant organisations and talented individuals is proof of what a vibrant tech sector we have in the North East, and I look forward to one of our highlights of the year.

“It will be another cracking night.”