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President's Award 2024

Is your colleague one in a million? The President's Award returns to shine a light on extraordinary tech talent.

Is your colleague one in a million?  

Do you have a trailblazer in your team? Do you work with an innovator or a problem solver? Is there someone at work who’s an inspiration and deserves the (literal) spotlight?

The techUK President’s Award is your opportunity to nominate that colleague who is one in a million.

The President’s Award was launched in 2023 to recognise the significant contribution and positive difference techUK members are making through their work with technology. Every day, individuals in our tech community are effecting real change, whether that is helping small, distinct communities, or enabling large-scale interventions across countries and the planet.

Let us help you to celebrate these teammates.

Nominate your colleague in one of these four categories:

1. People Award

Someone who, through technology, has made a demonstrable impact on health, well-being, skills, safety, or diversity and inclusion – this can be for a small distinct group or a national or international intervention.

 

2. Society Award

Someone who, through technology, has helped society, from micro to macro, to live better, work better, or interact better. This would include initiatives around community cohesion, lifelong learning, travel, infrastructure, or helping vulnerable groups.

 

3. Economy Award

Someone who, through technology, has made real inroads into economic development. This could be through supporting the growth of UK SMEs, leading the innovation of UK tech, or accelerating financial planning or risk mitigation.

 

4. Planet Award

Someone who, through technology, has nurtured or protected biodiversity and the planet. This could include initiatives to support the climate agenda, projects that support reuse and recycling, or advancements in energy production.

 

How we'll reward the winners  

  • Winners will be announced on stage at the techUK Annual Dinner in front of 650+ leading tech companies and government stakeholders.
  • Winners will receive a physical ‘trophy’, and a digital ‘badge’ that they can add to their email signatures and social accounts.
  • Winners will be profiled and celebrated on the techUK website.
  • We will post a blogs about each individual winner, project and company they work for on our website and on our social media accounts (80k followers) in the weeks following the Award.
  • We will create a video about each winner, project and company they work for and post on our website and on our social media accounts (80k followers) in the weeks following the Award.
  • We will profile the winners in the first techUK newsletter post the Award ceremony.
  • We will profile the winners in relevant techUK Programme newsletters post the Award ceremony (e.g. our climate newsletter, policy newsletter, SME newsletter, skills newsletter etc.)

Plus:

  • Event speaking opportunities: Winners will be invited to speak at a relevant techUK event. 
  • LinkedIn Newsletter: Winners will be profiled in the techUK LinkedIn Newsletter post the Award.
  • Tech for Good: Winners will be interviewed for the techUK ‘Tech for Good’ series
  • Webinar and blog: Winning companies will be invited to host a webinar and write a blog on a topic related to the project or work they were nominated for.

Who would you nominate?  

We want to recognise the people within techUK member companies who are going above and beyond in their work to make a difference to the world around them.

Our judging criteria for nominations in our four categories, people, society, economy, and planet are deliberately broad, applicable to everything that we and our members focus on, regardless of product or service. So don't be afraid of nominating someone - let us be the judge.

We encourage nominations from each and every one of our member companies, so we can shine a spotlight on colleagues who are making the world a better place through technology. Through celebrating their achievements, we'll also showcase the projects and companies making a difference in the UK tech sector.

How to nominate  

  • All techUK members are invited to make a nomination.
  • Only individuals from techUK member companies are eligible to nominate and be nominated.
  • Members can nominate someone from their own company, or someone from another company (as long as that company is a member of techUK).
  • Nominated individuals must still be working for a techUK member company in July 2024 (when the Award is presented)
  • We can only accept one nomination from each company. If we receive multiple nominations from one company, we will defer to your company ‘Authorised Representative’ (the person who manages your techUK membership) to make the final decision on which nomination we accept. The President's Award is free to enter.
  • Each nomination needs to document the case for the individual. This should focus on the impact this individual delivered. The nomination form is at the bottom of this page.

Nomination criteria  

Each nomination needs to document the case for the individual. Below is what we are looking for:

1. People Award

We're looking for passionate people who:

  • Have led a project that puts the well-being of people at the heart of its application.
  • Have led an inclusion and diversity initiative.
  • Have made an impact on vulnerable or underrepresented groups.
  • Led the development of new tech that identifies and encourages representation from all cultures in a platform.
  • Instigated online safety protocols for vulnerable audiences.
  • Are developing new medical tech or processes for a particular illness or diagnostic.
  • Have developed tech to allow people to be heard and acknowledged.

The nomination form is at the bottom of this page.

2. Society Award

We're looking for passionate people who:

  • Have led a project that enables community cohesion.
  • Have led a project around education and learning for all ages and groups.
  • Has developed new tech that makes life easier for vulnerable groups, underrepresented groups, or communities.
  • Has developed tech or a platform that enables local groups to interact and grow.
  • Has developed new tech/a service/a solution to support travel, mobility, or infrastructure.

The nomination form is at the bottom of this page.

3. Economy Award

We are looking for passionate people who:

  • Have developed new tech or a process to support the growth of UK SMEs.
  • Have led initiatives that mark the UK as a leader in a specific technology.
  • Have developed new tech to enable people to have better control over their finances.
  • Have led initiatives within their company that aid financial planning 
  • Have helped people, companies, councils or government to anticipate and mitigate risk, including cyber iniatives.

The nomination form is at the bottom of this page.

4. Planet Award

We are looking for passionate people who:

  • Have led initiatives either within their company or for a wider pool of people to support the climate agenda.
  • Have developed tech solutions to enable easier recycling, reuse etc.
  • Have led a breakthrough in energy harnessing/production from renewable sources.
  • Champion their companies work to reach net zero, with broader implications.
  • Have led initiatives to support businesses and communities to reach net zero or shift to renewable sources.
  • Have championed and raised awareness of the impact of climate-friendly solutions.

The nomination form is at the bottom of this page.

Judging panel  

techUK has convened a stellar panel of industry leaders to judge the 2024 award:

Sheila Flavell CBE

Sheila Flavell CBE

techUK President, Chief Operating Officer, FDM Group

Dr Nicola Hodson

Dr Nicola Hodson

techUK Deputy President, Chief Executive in the UK and Ireland, IBM

Jacqueline de Rojas CBE

Jacqueline de Rojas CBE

President Emeritus, techUK, Chair, Institute of Coding, President, Digital Leaders

Kulveer Ranger, Lord Ranger of Northwood

Kulveer Ranger, Lord Ranger of Northwood

techUK Board Member, Member of the House of Lords

Aleyne Johnson

Aleyne Johnson

Director of Government and External Relations, Samsung Electronics

Dr Sarah Gates

Dr Sarah Gates

Director of Public Policy, Wayve

Award timeline  

Awards open for nominations 11 March
Nominations close 24 April
Shortlist announcement June
Winners and highly commended announced at techUK Annual Dinner 2 July

Learn more about the President's Award from Sheila Flavell CBE  

What are we looking for in the techUK President's Awards?

 

Award entry criteria - FAQs   

Who can enter?​

  • All techUK members are invited to make a nomination.
  • The awards are free to enter and are a member benefit.
  • Only individuals from techUK member companies are eligible to nominate and be nominated.
  • Only one entry per member company. Please note this is not one entry per category.
  • Nominated individuals must still be working for a techUK member company in July 2024 (when the Awards are presented)
  • Members can nominate someone from their own company, or someone from another company (as long as that company is a member of techUK).
  • We can only accept one nomination from each company. If we receive multiple nominations from one company, we will defer to your company ‘Authorised Representative’ (the person who manages your techUK membership) to make the final decision on which nomination we accept.
  • Each nomination needs to document the case for the individual. This should focus on the impact this individual delivered.

The nomination form is at the bottom of this page.

How many entries can we submit?

Only one entry per member company. Please note this is not one entry per category.

  • Only individuals from techUK member companies are eligible to nominate and be nominated.
  • Members can nominate someone from their own company, or someone from another company (as long as that company is a member of techUK).
  • We can only accept one nomination from each company. If we receive multiple nominations from one company, we will defer to your company ‘Authorised Representative’ (the person who manages your techUK membership) to make the final decision on which nomination we accept.

The nomination form is at the bottom of this page.

Can I nominate myself?​

Yes you can, but if we receive multiple nominations from your company, we will defer to your company ‘Authorised Representative’ (the person who manages your techUK membership) to make the final decision on which nomination we accept.

The nomination form is at the bottom of this page.

How do I know who my Authorised Representative is?

When you log in to the techUK website, your company's Authorised Representative is shown on your personalised homepage, under your company name. Alternatively, you can always email [email protected] and we will let you know.

Award category nomination examples

Examples of passionate people who have:

  • Led an initiative in their company for inclusion and diversity.​

  • Introduced new tech or a process to support growth for SMEs​.

  • Developed new tech that identifies and encourages representation from all cultures in a platform.​

  • Led a project that puts the well-being of people at the heart of its application.​

  • Developed tech that makes life easier for vulnerable groups.​

  • Developed online safety protocols for vulnerable audiences.​

  • Led initiatives to support SMEs and communities to meet net zero.

 

How do I enter?​

Simply complete the online nomination form.

The nomination form is at the bottom of this page.

How do I know if my nomination is shortlisted?

We will email shortlised nominees (and their nominator) with the good news in May. This email will come from [email protected] or [email protected] so please check your junk/spam just in case.​

The nominee will be invited to come into the techUK offices to meet with our judging panel. After which our judges will decide the winner in each category.

What happens if I win?

The award winners will be announced at the techUK Annual Dinner, taking place on 2 July in London. All shortlisted nominees will be invited to the Annual Dinner as our guest.

The benefits of winning:

  • Winners will be announced on stage at the techUK Annual Dinner in front of 650+ leading tech companies and government stakeholders.
  • Winners will receive a physical ‘trophy’, and a digital ‘badge’ that they can add to their email signatures and social accounts.
  • Winners will be profiled and celebrated on the techUK website.
  • We will post a blogs about each individual winner, project and company they work for on our website and on our social media accounts (76k followers) in the weeks following the Awards.
  • We will create a video about each winner, project and company they work for and post on our website and on our social media accounts (76k followers) in the weeks following the Awards.
  • We will profile the winners in the first techUK newsletter post the Awards ceremony.
  • We will profile the winners in relevant techUK Programme newsletters post the Awards ceremony (e.g. our climate newsletter, policy newsletter, SME newsletter, skills newsletter etc.)

Plus:

  • Event speaking opportunities: Winners will be invited to speak at a relevant techUK event. 
  • LinkedIn Newsletter: Winners will be profiled in the techUK LinkedIn Newsletter post the Awards.
  • Tech for Good: Winners will be interviewed for the techUK ‘Tech for Good’ series
  • Webinar and blog: Winning companies will be invited to host a webinar and write a blog on a topic related to the project or work they were nominated for.

Quotes from our 2023 Award winners   

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 Joe Hoy
“I was nominated for the Society Award because of the software tools that Forensic Analytics provides to law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Done right, technology can absolutely have a fantastically beneficial effect for society. Being recognised by the tech industry for our work feels a little bit surreal!”

Joe Hoy

Chief Product Officer, Forensic Analytics (Society Award winner)

Martina Colman
“I feel humble and proud because I feel techUK has recognised all the work that we have been doing with Climate Essentials in the past three years, and I feel super happy. Winning is amazing for me.”

Martina Colman

Head of Climate Science and Engineering, Climate Essentials (Planet Award winner)

Andrew Roughan
“I’m most delighted on behalf of my company, Plexal, because we’re on a real journey and real mission, and to be at the head of that charge is so exciting for me. A moment like this is recognition that we’re heading in the right direction.”

Andrew Roughan

CEO, Plexal (Economy Award winner)

Greg Jackson
"To be recognised as a company really making a difference in tech is wonderful. It’s incredible to have this room of experts at the cutting edge, really thinking about all of the implications of how tech can dramatically improve society.”

Greg Jackson

Founder and CEO, Octopus Energy Group (People Award winner)

Sheila Flavell CBE
The techUK President’s Award is our opportunity to shine a spotlight on the amazing talent we have in the UK tech industry. The awards are open to all techUK member companies, and I would encourage one nomination from each of our members. Good luck!

Sheila Flavell CBE

President of techUK


Nomination form


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For more information about techUK President's Award, please contact:  

Alex Smith

Alex Smith

Head of Brand and Campaigns, techUK

Alex joined techUK in September 2021 as our Head of Brand and Campaigns.

Alex supports the development of the techUK marketing strategy, identifying and driving key campaigns across the techUK community that build our credibility, increase our influence, and provide thought leadership on the future impact of tech innovation across society, the economy, and the planet.

Prior to joining techUK Alex was Head of Marketing at UK Finance, the trade association for the banking and finance industry, where he led a team focused on commercial marketing strategies. Before that he was Head of Marketing at Payments UK supporting the payments industry to deliver world leading innovation.

Email:
[email protected]
Phone:
07810 544 868
LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-smith-21467394

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All shortlisted nominees will be invited to attend the techUK Annual Dinner on 2 July, and four winners will be celebrated on stage in front of 650+ industry and government guests.

Furthermore, the four winners will be profiled extensively across techUK communications and social channels, with further opportunities for them to take part in techUK events, videos and blogs.

Learn more and nominate here