Connectivity was accelerated last night among the uber cool tech-head community at the annual SPARKies awards, with a powerful buzz akin to the super high-speed computer being developed by our friends over at YellowDog. Now in its 5th year, it is clearly going from strength to strength, with over 250 nominations, and they are even introducing some intriguing new categories such as ‘Data, data, data’.
Comedienne Laura Lexx stole the stage as MC for the evening with some hilarious punts at the tech industry’s expense, which made for lively entertainment as she challenged someone from the audience: “What do you do in a technical company? Are you in charge of the 1s or the 0s?”
Here is our round-up of the evening’s highlights:
The Best App was handed to food deal dynamo’s Wriggle for its slick user-friendly interface which quite simply does everything you want it do, very well. (They also picked up a second award later for ‘Best Digital Marketing Campaign’ – very impressive. We want to know more.)

The ‘Data, Data, Data’ award went to Bath:hacked – trailblazers of collating and making data accessible to the public domain.
The ‘Exemplary Use of Virtual and Mixed Reality’ award went to our friends Ultrahaptics, for pushing boundaries with its tangible virtual optics and ultimately giving users a fun, fantastical experience. We also heard that the Ultrahaptics team officially had the most fun, getting back to Bristol in the wee hours of Friday morning . . .
We are seriously excited to announce our good pal down at Engine Shed, Nick Sturge, won the Lifetime Achievement award for his contribution to strengthening the tech cluster in the South West, putting Bristol on the map internationally through his transformational work with SETSquared.
The ‘Totally Killing It’ award went to VR World Congress – of course! Another great example of how tech is the best, in the South West – as the leading VR exhibition event in Europe.
‘Best Start Up’ went to gaming company, Keymailer, for its staggering growth and ‘The People’s Choice’ award, decided by the audience members themselves during the event by a simple token in bucket system (an alternate reality to the technologically advanced members in attendance) was won by Mayden, for its technology assisted support of people suffering with mental illness.
Thank you TechSPARKuk for a very fun evening – the flowing drinks, delicious canapés, and especially the bags of popcorn! It was great to mix with a really vibrant crowd who clearly love what they do.
Read more details about nominees and other award categories and winners at The SPARKies.