The sixty nominations that the CW team received over the summer have been shortlisted and the finalists announced. Winners will be revealed at the CW International Conference on 9 November.
The CW Technology & Innovation Awards is a celebration of the outstanding technology firms and individuals of the wireless sector. It is an opportunity to celebrate excellence and recognise achievement. The Awards value technical creativity, business impact, community engagement, diversity, inclusion and sustainability.
This year we are pleased to be supported by our Awards Partners Growth Works and the University of East Anglia (UEA). Growth Works supports businesses in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough to accelerate and sustain growth while UEA has a prestigious track record of collaborating with large companies, start-ups and SMEs.
The judges responsible for scoring our finalists and selecting the winners are:
- Soraya Jones, Innovation Advisory Board Member at UEA
- Chris Blincoe, Relationship Manager at UEA
- Bev Hurley CBE, CEO of YTKO Group
- Stephen Goddard, Senior Growth Advisor at Growth Works
The 2021 finalists are:
Best Innovation in Wireless Technology
For new (released since Jan 2020) innovations in the broad field of wireless technology, from a new antenna design that improves reception in crowded environments, artificial intelligence that transforms network performance, or novel satellite technology that is reducing latency.
- Forefront RF – for their Adaptive Passive Cancellation (APC) technology
- Freshwave – for their ground-breaking use of spectrum
- Vodafone and Ericsson – for their deployment of a new 5G radio that decreases energy consumption by 43%
Best Connector Business
A team or business that is deploying wireless technology to improve products, increase operational efficiency or bring other benefits. Whether the nominee are working with ports on real-time container tracking or insurance companies with connected trackers, this award celebrates impactful applications of wireless technology.
- Zizo – for the deployments of their data analysis solutions
- Ubisense – for the deployments of their asset tracking technology
- CyanConnode – for the rollout of their smart metering technology in the utilities space
“Connecting People” Award
A technology, product or company that has helped more people access the benefits of wireless connectivity. Whether that’s improving coverage, reducing the costs of access or increasing connection speeds, this nominee has transformed internet access.
- Liverpool 5G Create – for their 5G network that is helping keep communities healthy, independent and socially connected
- Freshwave and Croydon Council – for the first local authority open access agreement
- Ontix and Westminster City Council – for the Westminster Markets Wi-Fi Network
Outstanding CEO of the Year
A recognition of exceptional leadership. This person demonstrates a clear vision, a creative approach and a motivational and supportive environment for employees. Nominees must be the CEO of a company of any size developing or deploying wireless technology.
- Dana Tobak, Hyperoptic
- Mark Thomas, Coderus
- Anu Bhardwaj, SHEQONOMI
Outstanding Young Engineer of the Year
A recognition of emerging talent. This person has an extraordinary impact on project performance through their technical know-how and teamworking. Nominees must be aged 35 or under and work in a technological / engineering role.
- Darendra Appanah, Cambridge Consultants
- Michelle Law, ghd
- Daniel Zavaczki, Freshwave
Lifetime Achievement in the Wireless Sector
A recognition of an exceptional career in the wireless sector. This individual has made significant technological contributions to the wireless sector and has been generous with their expertise and knowledge to the benefit of the wider technology community.
- Zahid Ghadialy, Parallel Wireless & 3G4G
- Nick Johnson, Mavenir
- Ros Singleton, UK5G