SPARKies 2019 Shortlist

This year has seen a record number of nominations for the SPARKies tech and digital awards 2019, and they’ve been some of the highest quality ever seen.

Across 16 award categories, 18 Judges have spent 2 weeks carefully deliberating over some of the most creative and innovative projects, companies, experiences and designs – as well as some of the most dedicated people in the region – all deserving of recognition for the work they’ve done to support and grow the South West tech cluster.

Short list 

Robotics Company Meets Crowdfunding Target

A Bristol-based robotics company has met its planned crowdfunding target as it looks to pilot its first product.

Service Robotics is planning to pilot its GenieConnect product with 150 users in the first half of 2019, with a view of launching the product commercially in late-2019.

The company hopes the product, a robotic companion for the over-65s, will gain 40,000 subscribers within three years, representing 1.1 per cent of the number of over 65s who live alone in the UK.


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Join the Department for International Trade at the Technology Mission 2018 22 – 25 October 2018, Singapore & Kuala Lumpur

The UK’s Department for International Trade invites you to join the Technology Missions to Singapore and Malaysia from 22 – 25 October 2018.

During the missions you will be able to meet and network with local companies and
commercial officers within the Technology sector while also learning about
upcoming opportunities to export your product.

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London Tech Week 11-17th June 2018

London’s largest crowdsourced festival of tech returns…

London becomes the back drop for a week long festival of tech and innovation once again this June. The festival brings together 55,000 attendees to enjoy hundreds of events taking place across the city. See event listing here.

The boldest festival yet with:

  • 300 crowd-sourced, summits, conferences, expos, gala dinners and parties
  • 55,000 attendees – converging the London tech scene with International tech enthusiasts
  • Showcasing the best of tech and driving change across London
  • Headliners including Jimmy Wales, Sir Martin Sorrell, Martha Lane Fox plus many others

We are thrilled that London Tech Week will be returning on 11-17th June 2018 to bring together the rapidly growing tech industry to engage in Europe’s largest festival of live events across the city of London. London Tech Week will build on 2017 to showcase that #LondonIsOpen and is the place to be for where investment meets talent.

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Briefing Events for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Systems for Extreme Environments.

As part of the multi-billion pound Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the government will invest in a robotics and AI in extreme environments Super Challenge with the aim of taking humans out of dangerous, harsh or extreme environments. KTN is inviting businesses to one of three briefing events in Glasgow, Manchester and London to find out more about the £15m Innovate UK competition which includes a 5-day residential workshop to develop collaborative proposals for R&D projects.

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Network launched as West of England bids to become UK’s leading robotics region

After our recent West of England Robotics Network Launch last month

Heads of industry, entrepreneurs and academics have joined forces to create a new network aimed at establishing the West of England as the country’s leading region for robotics.

The West of England Robotics Network will bring together multinational technology firms, start-ups, small and medium-sized businesses, roboticists, researchers and user communities to become the region’s focal point for robotics and autonomous systems.

Launched at UWE Bristol’s University Enterprise Zone, the network will support the formation and development of existing and new robotics companies and supply chains, and strengthen the region’s flourishing high-tech cluster.

Members of the network will connect to generate opportunities for collaboration, access knowledge and talent, attract investment and boost trade links.

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TAROS is coming to Bristol

Robotics and technology experts from the across the globe will descend on Bristol for a leading conference being hosted by Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL).

The TAROS (Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems) event is the largest robotics conference in the country, bringing together the latest research and applications in autonomous robotics at the M Shed museum in July.

Now in its 19th year, TAROS is the longest running UK-hosted international conference on robotics and autonomous systems. Popular with robotics researchers and industry alike, the conference offers delegates an opportunity to learn about and discuss the latest results and methods in robotics, and to take stock and plan future progress.

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