A 13 year-old technology entrepreneur is one of the finalists in this year’s Biztech BrightSparc Awards, covering Milton Keynes and the south east midlands region.
Henry Patterson, of Lidlington in Bedfordshire, has been shortlisted in the category for best student technology.
Entrepreneurial Henry, who has been running his own businesses since the age of nine, has launched Young & Mighty, an online space where young people aged 11 to 14 years can find out about cool jobs and get money-making and fund-raising ideas. It’s also a survival guide to some of the stuff life throws at you.
Fredi Nonyelu, the chairman of Biztech technology forum, said: “Young people like Henry, who are brimming with ideas and energy are people we will all depend on in the future as they create and grow companies. It is great to see them among the finalists as it means the judges believe they have a great chance of success with their ideas”
Henry and Dan Bedi, of Cranfield University, have been selected by the judges to be at the awards final in Milton Keynes on Friday, November 24. Dan’s student entry was for The Fan Area - A digital home for Sports Fans, providing all the latest sports news, views and games in one place through a mobile application.
Other finalists are:
The Espark Award for best start-up technology business in MK and the SEMLEP region
GoCode Academy runs after-school coding clubs and holiday tech camps for 6 to 18-year-olds.
Telematics Pro: A single data analysis platform and service to interpret and analyse driver behaviour data through technical integration with multiple telematics solutions.
My New Term: An online web application allowing education establishments (namely schools) to advertise recruitment opportunities and utilise advanced technological software to manage online applications.
Tyrocircle Ltd: Their Savah platform is all-in-one design collaboration, prototyping & usability platform that provides a 360-view for design projects.
Best new B2C technology innovation in Milton Keynes and SEMLEP region
The Melrose Directory: Provides holiday homes worldwide and also gives holiday home owners the opportunity to list their and personalise property. The innovation is in creating a user-friendly website which is compelling in design functionality for the customer, with a combination of off-the-shelf products and bespoke development.
Visual Realms: A Visual Realms scan creates a full, photo realistic 3D model of any venue, allowing people to take a virtual tour, from anywhere in the world, at any time. It’s like teleporting them straight there.
Best technology collaboration in MK or SEMLEP area
> The Melrose Directory, with Westfourstreet, and AD Media Relations
> Telematics Pro, with GreenRoad, TomTom, and Quartix
> Visual Realms, with Matterport and Willen Hospice
Best new B2B technology innovation in MK and SEMLEP region
> Global Cyber Security Ltd: ESOPTRON is a unique, patented new way to more securely access legacy systems.
> Illuminis Insight Software. Octelas is business intelligence software designed by Illuminis Insight Software specifically for SMEs. It was developed to fill a gap in the market for the provision of quick and easy access to information locked up in the data behind business systems to SME owners, managers and other personnel.
> Comms365 Limited. Comms365 has created an IoT first, by developing a low power LoRaWAN Network, Connectivity, Sensor packs, Portal, Data storage and Analytics all via one simple Kit - the business has opened up IoT to the masses.
> Visual Realms. A Visual Realms scan creates a full, photo realistic 3D model of any venue, allowing people to take a virtual tour, from anywhere in the world, at any time. It's like teleporting them straight there.
> Akeman Solutions. Hygieneat replaces paper in food safety systems. Optimised for multi-site usage, with minimal instruction, it provides near real-time oversight of critical activities across the business.
The category winners will be announced at the BrightSparc Awards on 24th November 12 noon – 2pm, at Espark Hub, Central Milton Keynes.
Tickets can be purchased at https://www.biztech.org.uk/events/biztech-brightsparc-awards-2017