Award history

From 2015 Most Innovative Application of Technology replaces Best Application of Technology, which was introduced as a category in 2008. 


2015 AwardManchester Science Parks

Sponsored by

 

Winner 2015

wejo with Rewarding Driving

wejo wejo

The judges said

A mobile suite of tools promoting safety, economy, and a social driving experience, wejo is so much more than just another driving app.

Entrant's description

"wejo is a technology innovator set to inspire a new telematics ecosystem by offsetting the cost of motoring for consumers while empowering its commercial partners. Our product covers both the consumer and fleet markets and is scalable globally. We’ve developed exciting technology, capable of being deployed through a mobile device, or within a cars infotainment system. wejo will interpret car, personal, behavioural and lifestyle information through a cloud based solution, allowing for clear consumerisation and monetisation of data. wejo's rewards structure offers an exciting experience to users facilitating a trade-style engagement and user retention. "

Commended

Relative Insight with A transition from Crime Detection into the Marketing world

Relative Insight

Entrant's description

Relative Insight was founded to provide advanced language analysis solutions to Law Enforcement and National Security Agencies. After several years working with intelligence agencies to detect criminals online, we started to use apply our comparative and profiling language algorithms in the advertising world. A series of projects applying our technology in a marketing context were carried out with Saatchi&Saatchi and Microsoft Mobile.

Shortlist

  • FH Works with My Recovery
  • Flow XO Ltd with Flow XO
  • KMP Digitata with Brilliant Project - Creating a Virtual Showroom
  • Relative Insight marketing language platform creation with A transition from Crime Detection into the Marketing world
  • Stardotstar with Junior Vets On Call Game
  • wejo with Rewarding Driving

Criteria

Submissions should demonstrate exceptional innovation in the successful application of original, new, or advanced digital technology to achieve commercial or other objectives.

 


2014 Best Application of Technology

Manchester Science Parks

2014 award sponsored by Manchester Science Parks

Winner 2014

ThoughtWorks with Tramchester

ThoughtWorks ThoughtWorks

The judges said

This category is all about what’s under the bonnet. What impressed the judges about Tramchester was its use of graph database technology to make a transport app that was quicker, more efficient, and more flexible in the face of future demands.

Entrant's description

"Tramchester is a new public transport mobile web application for the Tram network in Manchester, built by the ThoughtWorks Technology Lab in just six weeks. The application models the tram network using a graph database, which calculates the best route between two tram stations using a path finding algorithm. Users can select a preferred tram-route based on nearest tram stop, departure and arrival time, number of connections and tramline. Once a tram route is selected it will give detailed instructions of the journey. Tramchester is built using publicly available data and open source technology and is hosted in the cloud. "

Commended

Shaping Cloud with International Criminal Tribunal Evidence Application

Shaping Cloud

Entrant's description

"SRi Forensics challenged Shaping cloud to build a complex Electronic Evidence Presentation (EEP) System to be used during an International Criminal Tribunal. The system needed to organise and display geographical and time-based evidential data to a courtroom as part of a high-profile trial. Existing tools and methods were inefficient, with over 750,000 items of evidential data proving impossible to work with. We developed an application that would work both pre-trial, allowing prosecutors to orchestrate and design the evidence that was displayed to the courtroom, and during the trial itself, recording and annotating the evidential presentation."

Shortlist 2014

  • Formisimo with Creation of Formisimo
  • Shaping Cloud with International Criminal Tribunal Evidence Application
  • Silverchip with Silver World
  • ThoughtWorks with Tramchester

Criteria 2014

Submissions should demonstrate how the application of original, new, or advanced digital technology has enabled the execution of a project, product or service, or has been used to increase its effectiveness in delivering business or other tangible objectives.

 

2013

2013 award sponsored by

Manchester Science Parks

Winner 2013

Apadmi with BBC iPlayer Radio App
Apadmi Apadmi

 

The judges said

The iPlayer radio app was the clear winner in this category. The high production values and great features make this app a pleasure to use but importantly, also help to make BBC Radio's deep well of content all the more apparent and accessible. This is an app that actually gives the radio lover a different and useful window into BBC Radio.

Entrant's description

Apadmi was responsible for the development, test and delivery of the new BBC Radio iPlayer app that launched on October 8th 2012. The app reached Number 1 in the Apple App Store with a 4.5* app rating, attracting 1m downloads in just first two months. The app has generated record-breaking audiences for BBC Radio since its launch with around six million UK unique weekly browsers, an increase of 30 per cent compared to October 2011 and with nearly a third of traffic from mobiles and tablets.

Commended

Gospelware with VACS Mobile Snapshot

Gospelware

 

Entrant's description

GDM's VACS® Mobile SnapShot provides the opportunity to capture critical images, video and audio for use in the healthcare industry. From the initial point-of-care, all the way through to patient discharge, Mobile Snapshot provides first responders, clinicians and nurses the ability to capture and share pictures and video within a secure VACS® environment quickly and easily from anywhere within the system, anytime. VACS® Mobile SnapShot provides mobile access to the greater VACS® system that is currently in existence in many hospitals throughout the USA.

Shortlist 2013

  • Apadmi with BBC iPlayer Radio App
  • AsOne Design with Soul Nutrition: inspiring happiness and well being
  • CheethamBell JWT with Discover the Story
  • Gospelware with VACS Mobile Snapshot
  • OneFile with OneFile Nomad

Criteria 2013

Submissions should demonstrate how the application of original, new, or advanced digital technology has enabled the execution of a project, product or service, or has been used to increase its effectiveness in delivering business or other tangible objectives.

Joint Winners 2012

Joint winner: Cybertill with Cybertill's Advanced Gift Aid Solution for Charity Retailers

Cybertill Cybertill

 

The judges said

Cybertill's Advanced Gift Aid solution automates the Gift Aid process at the software level, making it easy for charity retailers to comply with the strict guidelines involved and dramatically increasing the amount of money they can bring in.

Entrant's description

Many charities now reclaim gift aid on donated goods in their charity shops. Gift-Aid allows charities to reclaim the tax paid on donated goods by UK taxpayers (with donors' consent), typically 25p in every pound. HMRC has set out strict guidelines on the procedures around gift aid and the reclaim process is administratively intensive. Cybertill has introduced Advanced Gift Aid software, which integrates with its retail point of sale system, and this automates gift aid processes for charities and in addition guarantees to eradicate all missed gift aid sales and increase the revenue a charity takes through gift aid.

Joint winner: Tyneside Cinema with Time Machine

Tyneside Cinema Tyneside Cinema

 

The judges said

Time Machine is an alternate reality game that educates 9 to 12 year-olds about the history of the Tyneside Cinema. The success of this project was less about the technology used and more about how it was used to introduce kids to the sheer joy of discovery.

Entrant's description

Time Machine is an alternate reality game engaging 9-12 year-old school children with the history of Tyneside Cinema. It starts as a web-based classroom experience and culminates in an unforgettable visit to the country's last surviving newsreel theatre where children must save the building from an evil foe. Time Machine wraps a fictional storyline around the Cinema's real heritage and offers a series of unique learning activities. The experience is at the cutting edge of education and entertainment and is the first time an ARG has been used by a cultural venue to deliver learning directly into the classroom.

Shortlist 2012

  • Chris Thelwell with ruul. Screen ruler
  • Cybertill with Cybertill's Advanced Gift Aid Solution for Charity Retailers
  • Tyneside Cinema with Time Machine
  • uniform with Sweet Tweet

Criteria 2012

Submissions should demonstrate how the application of original, new, or advanced digital technology has enabled the execution of a project, product or service, or has been used to increase its effectiveness in delivering business or other tangible objectives.


2011

Winner 2011

Stardotstar and All Out Productions with Radio 1 on IPTV (concept project)

Stardotstar and All Out Productions Stardotstar and All Out Productions

 

The judges said

The judges described the winner in this category as a fascinating and innovative project. It showed a profound understanding of its target medium and how it should be transformed by the internet, rather than just how it could be.

Entrant's description

 

With the advent of IPTV, interface designers are beginning to explore how lean forwards interactivity can take place in the sit back environment of living room and sofa. This concept project commissioned by BBC and Vision + Media goes one step further: what should Radio 1 look like on television, and how should that be interacted with?

Our concept project explores the relationship we have with radio, and a successful IPTV app needs to fit in with very differing user needs. Running the risk of making crap telly out of radio, we're happy to achieved good looking radio.

 

 

Shortlist 2011

  • Dictate2Us with d2u Transcriber
  • Mando Group with Light Up SharePoint
  • Marketing Manchester with Manchester Visitor Information Centre Microsoft Surfaces
  • Stardotstar with Radio 1 on IPTV (concept project)

 


2010

Winner 2010

 

Stardotstar with Nosey Parker

Stardotstar Stardotstar

 

The judges said

People who work in technology are accustomed to a chorus of complaint from our friends and loved ones - Why does new stuff always have to be so difficult to use?" So the judges were delighted to recognise a genuinely compelling use of new technology - indeed, our winner has already received the highest form of flattery - imitation by a HUGE competitor!"

Entrant's description

Nosey Parker iPhone app helps people find the closest, cheapest or safest car park anywhere in the UK. With a database of over 13,450 car parks and 1.8 million spaces, it can save you time, petrol and money! In the first week of launch on the app store, the app was purchased over 2266 times, rose to position 21 in the over all UK App Store, and became the 32nd highest grossing app in the UK for a number of days. (Note: End of week two 5078 purchases)

Shortlist 2010

  • 4i Security with The OMC Online Security System
  • Code Computerlove with Digital technologies for online automated tailoring service
  • myebook Ltd with myebook.com
  • Scraperwiki Ltd with Scraperwiki
  • Stardotstar with Nosey Parker
  • PiP Interactive with PiP Interactive

 


2009

Winner 2009

New Concept Gaming Limited with jOG

LABEL New Concept Gaming - Best Application of Technology jOG

 

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The judges said

We were very impressed by this extremely inventive addition to an existing, and world-leading, gaming technology. It's a simple idea executed through an innovative combination of techniques, and it literally adds a new dimension to the user experience.

Entrant's description

jOG is the ground breaking add-on controller for the Wii that detects lower body motion and brings a whole new dimension to your living room gaming experience. It lets you control your game character movement by jOGing on the spot. Simply plug it in and clip it to your belt and you are ready to start playing your games in a new, exciting and active way. jOG is fun, immersive, healthy, great value, easy to use and compatible with all existing video games that use the Nunchuk joystick to control game character movement.

Shortlisted entries 2009

 


2008

Winner 2008

Best Application of Technology was won in 2008 by Trader Media Digital, Used Vehicle Search Implementation


2007

Winner 2007

The Best Application of Technology was a new category in 2008. There were two related categories in 2007: