Dynamites Awards 2021

11 Nov 2021

Now in its EIGHTH 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 organisations.

We are delighted to confirm that this year’s ceremony will take place as a face to face event at Civic Centre, Newcastle. We are looking forward to welcoming you all back in one room to celebrate our region’s tech stars.

Join us for:

  • Drinks reception – a chance to socialise and network around the bar
  • Dinner – a three course meal
  • Award presentations – what you’ve all been waiting for!
  • Chance for companies to build profile and national status and join Dynamo’s growing network
  • An evening of celebration and reflection of the region’s tech sector



Individual tickets and bookings for tables of 10 are available – BOOK NOW

(Discounted rates available for Dynamo Members and Awards Shortlistees) 



The Dynamites are a fantastic way to recognise hard work. They allow us all the opportunity to celebrate successes and share this with the tech community in the region as well as wider networks. Our 2021 categories are:

Best Use of Data
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
Growth Explosion (sponsored by LDC)
Innovator of the Year (sponsored by Sage)
Project of the Year (Corporate)
Project of the Year (Not for Profit / Public Sector) (sponsored by Red Hat)
Rising Star, in memory of Nate Sterling (sponsored by University of Sunderland)
Skills Developer (sponsored by Gateshead College)
Tech for Good (sponsored by tombola)
Tech Champion


Full category descriptions and entry guidelines

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES – 5.00pm, Thursday 9 September 2021



We are thrilled to announce that Cate Kalson, Director at Oliver Wyman and Dynamo Advisory Board member will be our ‘Chair of Judges’ for 2021. Cate will be joined on the panel by:

Karen Elliott – Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor, Newcastle University
Andrew Gill – Northern Regional Head, Waterstons
Nigel Moralee – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Manager, Sage
Rachel Murphy – CEO, Difrent
Nick O’Reilly – Chief Technology Officer, NHS Business Services Authority
Simon Parker – IS Director, Home Group
Paul Swaddle – Head of Technical Solutions, NBS
Fareeha Usman – Founder Being Woman and EDI Innovation Manager at Dynamo North East

Representatives from the category sponsors will also be joining the panel for their respective categories.

“The Dynamites Awards have become an important date in the tech sector’s calendar – this year more so than ever before as we’re going to be able to formally recognise the significant contribution and innovation that has happened in the sector over the extraordinary past 12 months.

“We as the judging panel are looking forward to receiving a bumper crop of entries. They’re the perfect opportunity to celebrate and amplify the excellent work being done at so many tech companies in the north east.

“Last year’s virtual version of Dynamites was great fun given the constraints, but it will be brilliant to have everyone in the same room again.”

Cate Kalson, chair of the judging panel




If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Clare Nicholson on 07748 597837 or email clare.nicholson@dynamonortheast.co.uk


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