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Digital Tech 2020

It’s that time of the year again…

Digital Technology Awards


nominees will be announced soon!

Digital Tech Awards 2020 – Postponed until 1st October 2020

The Digital Technology Awards 2020 will be postponed until October 2020 to ensure the safety of everyone during the coronavirus pandemic.

We had a blog ready to post about all of the fantastic entries we have received and how difficult a time our judges would have had deciding the winners (judging was due to take place next week), but unfortunately because of current circumstances that won’t be the case.

So instead we’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has entered so far and let you know how fabulous we think you are.


The ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards 2020 showcase excellence within the industry rewarding the innovation, expertise and ambition of businesses large and small – and the people who drive them.

Running for ten years, these are the must-have awards in the Scottish digital industry. We shine a spotlight on the world-leading work and remarkable innovation happening in Scotland right now.

Past winners include Arnold Clark, RBS, Skyscanner, Urban Tide, Mind of My Own, HotDocs, Digitonic and many more.


Our Digital Technology Awards are open to all companies who have a base in Scotland and work within the digital space.

Entries have now closed and nominees will be announced shortly.

Service Innovation

Can be entered by any company who have developed a service that can be viewed as innovative or disruptive. We are looking to recognise the very best achievements in harnessing the power of digital to secure a clear market success.

The judges will want to understand the strategy behind the creation of the successful service and to know where it is headed long-term.

Product Innovation

Have you developed a product that disrupts or innovates? We are looking to recognise the very best achievements in harnessing the power of digital to secure a clear market success.

The judges will want to understand the strategy behind the creation of the successful product and to know where it is headed long-term.

Leadership Award

We are looking to find the person who has the proven leadership skills to inspire their team and the dogged determination to grow their business even when the going gets tough.

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Innovation Through Cyber

For this award, we want to recognise a creative initiative or new product launched in the last two years that has broken boundaries and increased market size. Has this revolutionised the market in some way, pushed the limits of insurability or overcome technical challenges?

Innovation Through Data

Innovative uses of data and analytics can drive significant transformation for organisations, ranging from improved business performance or operations through to driving new solutions and capabilities. This award is to recognise teams or individuals who have used data to innovate and transform their business, their client relationships or the services and products they deliver to market.

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Innovation Through Fintech

Judges are looking for an exciting, far-reaching technology-based method/type/style of innovation that disrupts the fintech space. Show how your business has provided solutions that fundamentally improve customer service and/or business performance.

People Development Programme

Identifying and maximising skills can galvanise action and can accelerate growth for your business.

Your company culture is a reflection of you and what your organisation stands for, it’s the voice of your business and employee satisfaction is key.

Training and upskilling are fundamental to this approach. We are looking for the inspirational, practical and effective education and training solutions which have made this happen for you.

Unsung Hero Award

We all know someone who is selfless with their time and/or knowledge.

Our judges want to honour those who have done something truly special for our community, but fly under the radar and don’t normally get the credit they deserve. This might be through running a meetup, giving up their time to help codeclubs, acting as a mentor – anything that gives back to the community.

Digital Tech Business of the Year

Start Up
Scale Up

Our top awards will go to the business that most impress the judges with their commercial success and growth. The business will be demonstrably well-managed, produce outstanding technology products or services – and above all has outstanding long-term growth potential.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my company have to have a Scottish base (or Scottish clients)?


Who can make a nomination?                       

The awards are open to any person or company who meet the criteria.                 

Is there any cost to enter?               

Nope, it’s completely free                

How do I enter?                      

Easy, complete the online application form. You’ll get a notification online and an email to confirm we’ve received your entry.           

Can I enter by post or email?

No unfortunately not, entries must be submitted using our online platform                       

What makes a good entry?                

Try to bear the following tips in mind when completing the online entry form:

  • Make sure that you have answered all the questions as fully as possible.
  • Ensure that you show clearly how your nomination meets the criteria defined for this award category. Keep your entry concise and focused.
  • Do not exceed the maximum word count. The judges will be looking for tangible evidence to support your entry.
  • Please supply performance data, costs, examples, testimonials or user feedback where possible. Only submit supporting evidence if it helps to support your success.            

What format should supporting information be?                  

PDF, jpg, xlsx or docx – and less than 2MB

What happens after I’ve submitted my entry?

All nominations are kept confidential until the judging panel sits. We will then write to all those who were nominated or who submitted nominations to advise them whether or not they were shortlisted. The submission document will provide the basis for shortlisting entrants where a final decision will be made on the winning entry. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony on Thursday 9th May 2019. This award ceremony and dinner is open to all, but tickets must be purchased in advance. The finalists and winners will be selected by an independent panel made up of experts. ScotlandIS staff do not sit on the panel and have no influence on the panel’s decisions

Will I receive feedback on my submission?

The awards are not just about rewarding excellence, they are also about showcasing successful or innovative ways of working and helping others to learn from and replicate your achievements. As such, ScotlandIS will be looking to work with winning organisations to publicise the work that you do and to promote it as an example of good practice. For example, this may involve featuring your work in our good practice publications or training, featuring you in Awards press releases or inviting you to speak at our events. We will be flexible in our approach to this and will explore ways to promote your work if you are successful in winning an award. You should also be aware that we may use information or images supplied as part of your entry for our publicity material. By entering the awards, you are agreeing to this.             

How can I book tickets?

We’re glad you asked! You can do so online here, or by contacting Heather Donnelly on 01506 472200 or

“I haven’t returned back to earth yet! We loved every minute.

Great job ScotlandIS it was a fabulous night.”

Jill Thorburn, Director, Mind of My Own (winner Best Public Sector Product or Service 2018)
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