Tonight at the City Hall in Cardiff at a swanky black tie dinner, the Wales Technology Award winners were announced, which are powered by ESTnet (Electronic and Software Technologies Industry in Wales). 8 different categories celebrated technology companies and development across Wales. It’s important to encourage all aspects of technological advancement and business in Wales, as any investment in this sector brings jobs and helps the economy in the area. If you’re wondering why a games website is interested – game development falls under the technology sector, as does software development.
To highlight how important games development is within the technology industry, Wales Interactive, one of Wales’ largest game development companies who developed The Bunker, Late Shift, Don’t Knock Twice and Time Carnage are a finalist for the International Impact Award, whilst last year they picked up the award for Most Innovative Product in The Bunker. Wales Interactive had the first ever Welsh stand at Game Developers Conference (GDC) San Francisco in March, so are really bringing awareness of Welsh talent around the world.
— Wales Interactive (@WalesInter) May 3, 2018
There was also Codez Academy shouting it out for software development in the Tech Start Up Award. They offer courses for children and adults – including evening courses in coding, including websites, apps, games and more. This is an opportunity for people of any age to get some training and experience with coding, so is a welcome new startup in Wales.
What I enjoy about these awards is that there’s a lot of diversity in the companies involved, yet all of them manage to use technology to enhance peoples lives and create business and it highlights the potential for technology development in Wales.
The Wales Technology Awards Winners 2018:
International Impact Award – Silvertel (Hardware) & Wales Interactive (Software)
Innovative Product of the Year Award – AMPLYFi
The Sir Michael Moritz Tech Start Up Award – We Build Bots
Best Tech Workplace Award – DevOpsGuys
Best Application of Tech Award – Signum Health
Best New Talent Award – Callen Gibbs from Capital Network Solutions
Technology Leader of the Year Award – Hywel Ifans of BCC IT
ESTnetNG Prize (Young Person’s Award) – David Barton from KAYDIAR
— The ESTnet (@TheESTnet) May 3, 2018
— Sony UK TEC Centre (@SonyUKTEC) May 3, 2018
Two years in a row Wales Interactive has picked up an award, competing against very different, bigger and more traditional technology firms – a testament to the fact that the gaming and development industry in Wales are starting to be taken seriously. Whilst Codez Academy didn’t take the win, making it to the finals is very impressive and the next big Welsh independent game studio could very well have started its roots in their students. It would be amazing to see more independent gaming industry companies in the running in the future!