The strength of Scotland’s digital tech sector was underlined by the caliber of winners at the 10th annual 2020 Digital Technology Awards hosted by ScotlandIS.
The winners were announced at the CmdR ScotSoft 2020 conference on Thursday 1st October, and included the Digital Tech Business’ of the Year, Inoapps. Bad Dinosaur and Lending Crowd took home the ‘Enterprise’, ‘Start-up’ and ‘Scale-up’ prizes, respectively.
The awards, sponsored by the Scottish Government and The Data Lab, launched its inaugural Unsung Heroes Award, dedicated to celebrating community champions across Scotland. The winners were Kelly Gardner (Codebase Stirling) and Monica Richardson (Forrit).
Jane Morrison-Ross, CEO of ScotlandIS (pictured) said:“All of today’s award winners represent the outstanding and world-class digital technology individuals and business’ Scotland is home to. Despite the many challenges Covid-19 has presented in recent months, it is heartening to see so much fantastic work, growth and innovation and being achieved across a wide range of disciplines within the sector.”
Other winners include Cyan Forensics, who impressed judges to win the Product Innovation award with its triage of tools that deliver fast results while reducing backlogs in digital forensics labs, decrease risk and lead to the faster safeguarding of children.
LendingCrowd took home the Innovation Through FinTech prize, after spearheading the push to make finance readily available to SMEs, who are finding it increasingly difficult to get support from traditional banks. The Data Lab picked up the People Development award after demonstrating its commitment to comprehensive people development through its Data Lab Academy.
The Innovation Through Cyber award was given to 7 Elements. 7 Elements recently launched ‘Clarus’, an end-to-end vulnerability management platform which can be used by organisations to identify, highlight, and manage cyber vulnerabilities, with the innovation praised for its combination of human and automated processes.
Finalists competed across nine categories in total, with the judging panel including experts, champions, and influencers from across the digital technology industry. The ceremony was held virtually this year in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The full list of 2020 winners are:
Product Innovation: Cyan Forensics
Service Innovation: Good Loop
Innovation through Cyber: 7 Elements
Innovation through Data: Leidos
Innovation through Fintech: Lending Crowd
People Development Programme: The Data Lab
Leadership: Sarah Smith, Mercury Product Visionary, City Facilities Management
Digital Tech Business of the Year – Start-up: Bad Dinosaur
Digital Tech Business of the Year – Scale-up: LendingCrowd
Digital Tech Business of the Year – Enterprise: Inoapps
Unsung Hero Award: Monica Richardson (Forrit); Kelly Gardner (Codebase Stirling)