The 2013 BCS and Computing UK IT Industry Awards are open for entries with a new category for best creative industry project

IT Oscars open with new creative industry category

The “Oscars for the IT profession” were launched today with a new category for best creative industry project.

The 2013 BCS and Computing UK IT Industry Awards are now open for entries and this year’s competition includes a brand new category for the most outstanding use of IT in the games, television, film, music or other creative industry.

The annual awards are designed to provide a platform to showcase and celebrate best practice, innovation and excellence and entrants can be organisations or individuals involved in IT across the public, not for profit and commercial sectors.

David Clarke, group chief executive officer of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, said: “I’m particularly excited about the new category we’re introducing to the UK IT Awards this year.

“I hope it will attract entries from some of the many talented creative organisations we have in the UK. The contribution made by our creative industry is really important to our economy and the addition of this new category reflects the ever-changing nature of the IT profession.”

In total there are 25 categories and last year the awards attracted over 300 entries and saw both large and small organisations picking up prizes in recognition of their contribution to the profession.

Winners included Network Rail, The LateRooms Group, Deutsche Bank (Horizon) and The Met Office and PA Consulting Group among others.

Stuart Sumner, editor of Computing, says: “I am delighted that Computing is involved in these prestigious, rigorously judged awards with BCS. Those who win an award are truly at the top of their game and this recognition can help gain new contracts and customers, attract media attention and help to attract and retain staff.”

Entry is via an online application process and initial judging will take place in August. In September, finalists will be invited to give presentations or an interview with an expert panel of judges drawn from across the industry.

The winners will be announced at a gala evening event at the Battersea Park Events Arena, London on 13 November.

Full details of how to enter are available here.

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