Dynamites Virtual Awards 2020

14 Oct 2020


Join us for the most highly anticipated IT and Tech awards in the North East!


Now in its seventh year, the Dynamites are the North East’s most highly anticipated IT and Tech awards. The awards allow us to showcase the region’s hotbed of talent and shine a spotlight on North East organisatons. There’s still a lot of uncertainty about how mass gatherings will operate in autumn this year, but quite frankly – we don’t have time to wait to find out, we’ve got our region’s tech success stories and achievements to celebrate!

So please welcome Dynamites Virtual Awards 2020 – we’ll be bringing you the same great content, the same fantastic networking and the same success stories of the North East’s tech sector superstars. You can still wear black tie and by October you may even be able to gather in small groups* in the office to participate in proceedings and have a series of mini-parties all over the North East. *depending on Government guidance at the time of the awards of course

We always have such a fantastic atmosphere at the awards and we wanted to replicate that if we could. Our answer…the Dynamites Celebration Pack. For £40 +VAT per pack, you will receive a carefully curated ‘celebration pack’ brought to you by regional ‘Food and Drink North East’ initiative ‘Local Heroes North East’.  Your celebration pack will have all the essentials (and some less essential!) to help you celebrate on the evening. It will be delivered to your chosen North East address and include a selection of sweet and savoury treats and a tipple or two should you so desire. The ticket price includes access to the awards, your celebration pack, contribution to the Local Heroes community fund that will help support people in need across the North East of England and a small contribution towards the running costs of Dynamo North East.

If you wish to join us for the awards without the Celebration Pack you can attend completely free of charge on a virtual only ticket.




We are thrilled to announce that Prof. Alastair Irons, Academic Dean, University of Sunderland and Dynamo Advisory Board member will be our ‘Chair of Judges’ for 2020. The judging panel is made up of Dynamo Members and representatives from the Awards sponsors:

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon – CEO at Stemettes, Keynote Speaker & Podcast host
Mark Thompson – Director, Consulting Services, CGI
Jon Ridley – Assistant Principal, Newcastle College
Alison Cowie – Editor, North East Times
Usman Shahid – Managing Consultant, Harvey Nash
Graham Jordan – Partnership Analyst, North Eastern ICT Partnership
Ian Brimer – Global Head of Business Systems, Nomad Digital
Michael Hall – CFO, Cognassit
Charlie MacDowall – Digital Client Relationship Manager, Northumbria University
Melissa Beckett – Chief Marketing Officer, Kani Payments


We know that the North East’s tech sector has really stepped up to the mark and supported our businesses and communities during these past few months through the pandemic. If you have developed and delivered a new innovation, project or initiative in response to COVID-19 we would encourage you to enter into the relevant category this year we will judge them alongside the others in that category.


Skills Developer 

The Skills Developer Award will recognise organisations and individuals who are excelling in innovative training, initiatives or apprenticeship programmes that contribute to the development of the North East skills pipeline. Enter here


Growth Explosion

The Growth Explosion Award is a celebration of growth and success of IT and tech organisations in the North East – job opportunities, building companies, expanding through wider field projects. Nominations are expected from both scale up and established organisations in the North East, making an impact on the region. Enter here

International Success Story

Integral to Dynamo’s mission to grow the North East’s IT and tech economy, is the growth and retention of homegrown businesses that have global impact. This award will recognise the international successes of a regionally headquartered business.  Enter here

Rising Star

The Rising Star Award will recognise an individual with less than 3 years experience in the IT and tech sector who goes above and beyond to combine their ‘day job’ with extra projects beyond work. They will have made a strong impact in their role showing leadership potential ahead of their grade. Enter here

Project of the Year (Corporate)

This award recognises projects that have delivered exceptional impact on the IT and tech industry within a corporate setting. For example, projects could demonstrate innovative solutions, clever programming, a near-shore project that is operating for UK corporates or a development for an international firm.  Enter here

Project of the Year (Not for Profit / Public Sector)

This award recognises IT and tech projects delivered within not for profit or public sector arenas. For example, projects could demonstrate innovative solutions for a new academic insight or a revamp of a public sector system. Nominations can be from collaborative projects between the public and private sector. Enter here


Innovator of the Year

The Innovator of the Year Award will recognise individuals or teams who have developed a ground-breaking product or service for the IT and tech industry. Enter here


Tech for Good

The Tech for Good Award will celebrate individuals, teams or projects using technology to improve the lives of others, to benefit the community and make the world a better place. Enter here

Diversity & Inclusion

The Diversity and Inclusion Award is for an individual, team, organisation or network taking positive action and making significant contribution to create an equitable, diverse, and inclusive digital sector either within the workplace or wider community including education, public and third sectors. Enter here

Best use of Data – NEW for 2020

The Best Use of Data Award will recognise innovative activity rooted in data-driven insight. The winning work will show that data was used not only to solve a problem but how it contributed to the overall mission. For example, data could have been used to; inform and improve decision making, revamp and refine operations, create new streams of revenue or accelerate social impact. Enter here

Outstanding Achievement

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 and all forms of technology. ‘Outstanding Achievement’ recognises those that have gone above and beyond for the benefit of the North East IT and tech sector – an influential entrepreneur, a mentor, an organisation with an impressive track record, or an innovation which has influenced the growth of the industry from a North East base. Enter here

People’s Choice

We want you to have your say and so we will open up all finalists to a public vote once again. We want to know who stands out for you and who you think is a worthy winner of this award! You can only vote once and the winner will be announced on the night. Details to follow.







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