A 13 year-old technology entrepreneur who won one of the categories at the Biztech BrightSparc Awards couldn’t be there to collect his trophy… because he was away speaking on a visit to China!
Henry Patterson, of Lidlington in Bedfordshire, won the category for best student technology with Young & Mighty, an online space where young people aged 11 to 14 years can find out about jobs and get money-making and fund-raising ideas.
Henry, who has been running his own businesses since the age of nine, said: “I am so, so excited to have won this award. We have all worked so hard over the summer holidays to get Young & Mighty up and running and getting this recognition has given the team a huge boost.
“So often the work that young people do is not taken seriously, so it is great that awards like this have been created.”
Fredi Nonyelu, the chairman of Biztech technology forum, said: “It is Biztech’s mission to showcase the best in technology and innovation. By doing this we help to build a profile of the Milton Keynes and SEMLEP area as a place to build innovation and investment.
“We owe special thanks to the OU, the University of Bedfordshire and UCMK, Cranfield University, MK Business Leaders, and E-Spark Global for being event sponsors and to our panel of judges”
The awards were handed out by the Mayor of Milton Keynes, David Hopkins on Friday, November 24 at Espark Hub, Central Milton Keynes.
The winners were:
- GoCode Academy won the Espark Award for best start-up technology business in MK and the SEMLEP region. The academy runs after-school coding clubs and holiday tech camps for 6 to 18-year-olds.
- Visual Realms won the best new B2C technology innovation in Milton Keynes and SEMLEP region. 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.
- Telematics Pro, with GreenRoad, TomTom, and Quartix won the award for best technology collaboration in MK or SEMLEP area.
- Akeman Solutions won the award for best new B2B technology innovation in MK and SEMLEP region. Akeman’s 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.