Dynamites 19

The North East’s IT and Technology Awards

It was our sixth annual glittering Awards ceremony, sponsored by Gateshead College, which took place on Thursday 17th October 2019 at Newcastle’s Civic Centre banqueting hall and saw 400 guests attend. The event included:

  • Sparkling drinks reception on arrival – Sponsored by Institute of Coding at Newcastle University
  • 3 course meal with wine included
  • Accolade for the winners of Dynamites 19 awards
  • Guest host
  • Tickets for the evening for £94 + VAT per ticket, or £900+ VAT for a table of ten
  • Entertaining social evening with great networking opportunities
  • Chance for companies to build profile and national status and join Dynamo’s growing network

Read more about the evening, and view the image gallery


The Dynamites 2019 winners are…


INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR  – Sponsored by Connect Health

This category recognises a person, team or organisation that has developed a disruptive technology that will shake up our industry or a ground-breaking product or service that creates a completely new industry.

Wordnerds (WINNER)


Intelligence Fusion


DIVERSITY & INCLUSION AWARD – Sponsored by Institute of Coding at Newcastle University

This award values an individual, team, organisation or network that have made an outstanding and significant contribution through taking positive action to create an equitable, diverse, and inclusive digital sector. This could be within the workplace, or within the wider community including education, public and third sectors.

Accenture (WINNER)

NHS Business Services Authority

Women Making Games (WOMGNE)

Proctor & Gamble


SKILLS DEVELOPER – Sponsored by Education Partnership North East

We need to train, recruit and perhaps more importantly retain talent in our region’s IT sector.  We recognised those who are really backing the development of the North East skills’ pipeline. We heard from organisations and individuals who have created innovative training, initiatives or apprenticeship programmes. If we are successfully developing skills in this region, our sector will grow.

NHS Business Services Authority (WINNER)

Scott Logic

Sunderland Software City



This award celebrated an individual /organisation who has provided significant support to the development of Dynamo’s digital clusters. It recognised their ongoing work to shape strategies and implement events and activities to drive growth of the region’s digital specialisms. It also celebrated close collaboration with the Dynamo ream and networks. They have been instrumental in establishing Dynamo’s clusters and in driving innovation.

Marni Mather – Waterstons (Highly Commended)

Charlie MacDowall, Northumbria University (WINNER)

Nicola Japp, Accenture


GROWTH EXPLOSION – (Trading for 2yrs+) 

We celebrated growth – adding jobs, building companies, expanding with a wider field of projects. There are a number of phases in growing a business. Dynamo was interested to see firms that have established their foundations and are scaling up.

Waterstons (Highly Commended)


Hive (HR)

Scott Logic


PROJECT OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by Scott Logic

Categories have focused on personalities and teams, but we were also fascinated to hear what the North East has delivered in terms of IT and tech projects. It could have been an innovative solution for a big data challenge, some clever programming of an app, a new academic insight or a revamp of a public sector system. It could have been a near-shore project that is operating for UK corporates, a collaborative public/private sector project, or a development for an international firm. This award was split into two categories:


Waterstons Evergreen Garden Care (Highly Commended)

Accenture – BTF – Athlete Genome (WINNER)



Public Sector/Not for Profit:

Atlas Cloud – HS2 Project Enablement (Highly Commended)

Opencast Software Ltd and NHSBSA – Data Development and Migration Programme (WINNER)

Newcastle City Council – Smart Litter Bins Solutions


INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS STORY – Sponsored by Procter & Gamble

This award recognised the international successes of a regionally headquartered business. It could have been an organisation that has expanded its presence by opening offices overseas, or that has delivered successful projects on an international scale.

ZeroLight (WINNER)





RISING STAR – Sponsored by University of Sunderland

This award recognised a high-flying student, apprentice or employee (with less than 3 years exp.) in the region’s IT sector. We looked for brilliant people in our industry. We heard all about these people coming up through the ranks. The individual had started to make a strong impact in their role, through attitude or output – they combined the ‘day job’ with extra projects beyond work and show leadership potential ahead of their grade.  The“Ones to watch” – our future tech leaders?

Nate Sterling – Grid Smarter Cities (WINNER)

Eimear Flynn – Nebula Labs

James Sunley, Sage


TECH FOR GOOD – Sponsored by Sage

This award recognised an organisation or individual who used digital technology to improve the lives of others and make the world a better place. This award shines a light on the projects, organisations or individuals that harness the power of technology to benefit the community.

Biosignatures Ltd (WINNER)


OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT – Sponsored by Gateshead College

Part of Dynamo’s founding principles have been to shine a light on the amazing activity across the North East in the fields of IT, computing, software, data, AI, VR, building, digital, web, mobile… We are constantly amazed by discovering initiatives that are using local talent and making international waves. This award recognised an influential local entrepreneur, a mentor, a regional organisation with an impressive track record, or an innovation which has influenced the growth of our industry from a North East home.

Jim Mawdsley, Generator

Karen Marshall, Accenture (Highly Commended)




The People’s Choice Award was back for 2019. The nomination with the most votes was awarded one of our prestigious Dynamites trophies.

Hive (HR) 

2019 Judges:

Anne MacDonald – Dynamo North East

Pete Watson – Atlas Cloud

Nicola Japp – Accenture

Deni Chambers – Gateshead College

Fay Cooper – DWP

Siobhan Fenton – Teesside University

Sue Ormerod – Nigel Wright

Alison Cowie – North East Times

Reece Donovan – Nomad Digital



If you are interested in sponsoring Dynamite Awards 2020, please email info@dynamonortheast.co.uk

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