ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards

Shortlist for Scotland’s top tech stars

Polly Purvis
Polly Purvis: diversity and innovation

ScotlandIS, the trade body for Scotland’s digital technologies industry, has today unveiled the shortlist for its hotly contested 2017 Digital Technology Awards.

The awards, now in their seventh year, celebrate the talent and ideas abundant in Scotland’s world-class digital technologies industry. This year the awards received a huge number of entries from a diverse range of companies, reflecting the health of the sector.

The judging panel included experts, champions and influencers from across the breadth of the nation’s digital technology industry and the public sector.  

Polly Purvis CEO of ScotlandIS said: “We are a small country with outstanding capabilities reflected in the diversity, scale and sheer innovation of the companies on the shortlist.  

“We’ve received entries from so many exciting companies who are growing, and developing new products and services in response to the opportunities created by the pace of change in the digital world, creating tough choices for the judges.

“The continued success of the industry is reflected in the awards, which highlight the wealth of opportunities available to those considering a career in this vibrant sector.”

There are 13 trophies up for grabs this year including: CEO of the Year, International Technology Star and the Transformational Innovation Through Data award.

The 2017 finalists are:

Best B2B Technology Product / Service sponsored by Head Resourcing




Best B2C Technology Product / Service

Make it Social



International Technology Star



Senshi Digital

Best Financial Services Product / Service sponsored by Avaloq



Best Public Sector Product / Service

Informed Solutions

StormID – ScotBlood

Best Education Provider / Training Programme sponsored by Administrate


Digital Xtra Fund

The Data Lab

Outstanding Marketing Performance by a Tech Company



Senshi Digital

Investment Deal of the Year



Transformational Innovation Through Data sponsored by The Data Lab




CEO of the Year sponsored by Atkinson Macleod Executive Search

David Ferguson – Nucleus

Gareth Williams – Skyscanner

Gillian Docherty – Data Lab

Digital Agency of the Year sponsored by Search Consultancy  

Digital Six



Small – Medium Digital Tech Business of the Year sponsored by Cathcart Associates




Large Digital Tech Business of the Year sponsored by EY

Edge Testing Solutions


2017 Judging Panel

Chair: Martin Mutch, former CEO of Rocela, currently business investor/advisor

Alan Bonner, currently CEO of Beyond The E-Myth UK Tour at Michael E Gerber Companies, founder and former CEO of Pinnacle Technology Group

Kenny Fraser, currently CEO at Triscribe Ltd, former partner at PwC

Paul Neeson, Associate at Scottish Equity Partners

Jude McCorry, Head of Business Development, The Data Lab

Rebecca Heaney, Director at Clarus Partnership, former MD at RAPP Scotland

Paul Sinclair, Technical Director at CGI

Richard Marshall, Managing VP at Gartner

Mike Crockart, Transformation lead at Scottish Government

This year’s sponsors are Administrate, Atkinson Macleod Executive Search, Avaloq, Cathcart Associates, The Data Lab, EY, Head Resourcing, and Search Total Recruitment Solutions.

Visit to find out more about the awards and how to attend the event.

Scotland’s digital technologies industry contributes £5 billion in GVA to the economy and some 84,000 people are employed in the sector which is enjoying huge success and growth. According to KPMG’s Tech Monitor, the number of tech sector enterprises in Scotland grew 43.4 per cent between 2010 and 2015, second only to London (54.6%)

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