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Entries open for South West Tech Awards

Published on Monday, 4th February 2013
Entries have opened for the SPARKies awards, aimed at celebrating the very best of the region's tech and digital sector.

Entries have opened for the SPARKies awards, aimed at celebrating the very best of the region’s tech and digital sector. The SPARKies awards are run as part of Bath Digital Festival and are open to companies and individuals based in Somerset and Wiltshire.

David Maher Roberts founded the awards in 2012. He said: “I am thrilled that we are able to return for a second year - the first event really drew attention to some of the fantastic work that is being carried out in the digital sector.

“This year we’re opening the awards out to include a wider area so the competition will be tougher and we’ll be showcasing fantastic work from across the region. Companies from across Wiltshire and Somerset, including Bath, Bristol and Swindon, are encouraged to nominate themselves through the SPARKies website.”

The SPARKies 2013 awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 20th March at Komedia in Bath, compered by award-winning comedian Jarred Christmas.

The awards include categories for achievements in design, app development, entrepreneurship and global business. They also recognise those who are using their skills in a philanthropic manner, to mentor others or do good for the community.

Over 20 experts from across the sector make up The SPARKies judging panel, including Huffington Post contributor and serial entrepreneur Margaret Heffernan, CEO of Bristol and Bath Science Park Bonnie Dean, Chief Operating Officer for Real World studios Mike Large, and Head of Digital at Aardman Lorna Probert.

Entries open on February 4th. To enter, companies should visit

Details about other Bath Digital Festival events will be released over the coming weeks on and you can also follow @bathdigital on Twitter or tweet using the hashtag #BathDigiFest.