2017 is a very important year for us, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. Not only are we celebrating our 60th year of making IT good for society, we’re delighted to be one of the headline sponsors of the Big Chip Awards for the very first time.

BCS, has been involved with the Awards for a number of years - via our Manchester Branch     Our Manchester Branch is one of the oldest branches  of BCS, having been established in 1957 - before Greater Manchester existed! Today, the North of England is home to a thriving digital tech scene and the area is recognised as one of Europe’s most creative hubs. We are proud to be part of a community that continues to go from strength to strength.

Paul Martynenko, President of Awards Partner, BCS said: “This year, the diversity of shortlisted entries shows that those achieving excellence in digital technology practice is extending beyond the boundaries of traditional agencies and software houses.”

The Big Chip Awards recognise the high standard of technical and creative digital work in the North of England. The talent and innovation in the area is demonstrated by the excellent standard of entries that have been submitted this year.

Technology has an immense and profound impact on health and wellbeing. The North’s digital and technology sector is uniquely positioned, as the NHS is run from there. The creation of the BCS Well Connected campaign marks an exciting time for health informatics and addresses the societal need for better health and care. It brings together and inspires the professionals who can harness technology to put people and their communities first. We’re bringing together people with shared values, and empowering individuals to take ownership as a community of professionals which will attract new generations into the profession.

Our collective objective is to unlock the potential of everyone involved in making health and care the best it can be, harnessing information and technology. We will do this by gathering people together in the North who share that objective, so that they can work together, share ideas, build standards, develop themselves and each other, and as a result deliver in their professional activities what is really needed to achieve that objective.

To sign the pledge to the Well Connected campaign visit here.

There is also an open pledge that anyone in the NHS or indeed members of the public can sign to show their commitment which can be found here.