2020 Innovators of the Year to recruit significantly this year

This year the LeicestershireLive Innovation Awards 2021 are taking the apt move to an exciting virtual ceremony. On Thursday, June 24 the event will be streamed on The Awards Room to celebrate the very best technology, services, digital advances, and creative thinking that the region has to offer.

From the individuals and teams who lead the way in research and development, to the engineers and construction specialists who make cutting-edge thinking a reality, everyone who shows a passion for innovation and improving Leicestershire deserves to be commended.

The event is headline sponsored by Morningside Pharmaceuticals , De Montfort University, and University of Leicester . 13 categories span across a range of sectors that our Leicestershire champions have transformed with their forward thinking, aiming to reward all of the inventive minds that our region is lucky to have. Entries close on Friday, April 9, so make sure to enter who you think deserves some appreciation this June.

Last year, Previsico won both the Digital Innovation and Technology Innovation award as well as Innovator of the Year. The successful company addresses the global challenge of protecting from the devastating losses caused by surface water flooding. By harnessing the latest IBM Weather rainfall data, Previsico continuously forecast flooding issues up to 48 hours in advance. The company provides bespoke analytical solutions enabling organisations to proactively mitigate the impact of flooding.

Jonathan Jackson, CEO of Previsico, was delighted about the win: “It is always great to be recognised for the progress you’re making so it was wonderful to be able to share that as a team and celebrate the success.”

Previsico doubled their team with ten more recruits after the awards and plan to expand locally this year, hiring front-end and back-end developers and people in the flood modelling space.

Not only do the awards provide an independent view of Previsico’s success to recruits and clients, the company has been able to “benefit from sharing the confidence in their work with the insurance community that is heavily based on trust.” The preventative measures that it offers to businesses with high-risk of flooding help reduce the threat of damage.

CEO of Previsico, Jonathan Jackson
(Image: Loughborough University)

Previsico recently partnered with Kenyan Red Cross to introduce the FloodMap Live technology into Kisumu, Kenya to help build flood resilience and reduce subsequent costs that affect humanitarian, governmental and commercial sectors.

Jonathan pointed out that the company focuses on a humanitarian aspect: “Whether you’re in the developed or developing world, everybody should be given some protection to avoid being flooded. We take it really seriously that if we can just help one person avoid potentially avoid a horrendous situation that is really important. It’s a wonderful feeling that you can actually do something with technology to help humankind.”

The 13 categories for this year’s LeicestershireLive Innovation Awards are:

Innovation in Technology

Sponsored by De Montfort University

In this category we are looking for the very best tech ideas that have come out of the greatest minds Leicestershire has to offer – the ideas that, over the coming years, will help shape the world in which we work, live and play. This category aims to celebrate the pioneers of new technology that throw out the old and bring in the new with extraordinary results in their sector. The judges will be looking for evidence of how innovation has had a transformative effect.

Innovation in Services

Twenty years ago people commuted to the office to do their jobs, bought insurance over the phone and sold their home through a high street agent. That has all changed. Company phone systems now operate on the cloud, call handlers can work from home, online insurance firms are working hand in hand with software specialists to ensure customers are protected from the new threat of cyber attacks. These are the sort of innovations that have changed the way we all live and Leicestershire companies are at the heart of that. This category is for them.

Digital Innovation of the Year

Sponsored by De Montfort University

We live in an age where we take for granted life-changing technology that fits snuggly into our coat pockets, the dashboards of cars and around our wrists. The Digital Innovation of the Year commends top digital projects that have been conceived or developed within our city and county. New products seem to be dropping on to the market each day and we will celebrate them with this award.

Innovation in Design

It’s all about celebrating those pioneers in the design community, whether it be innovating in what is being designed, innovative collaborations that have brought about interesting results, or looking at the design process itself and how to innovate in the way we design. We look forward to seeing the entries!

Innovation in Construction

This award is presented to an individual or team that has, in the opinion of their peers, come up with exciting new uses for materials, methods, technology, or project delivery systems.

Innovation in Manufacturing and Engineering

Manufacturing and Engineering remains the lifeblood of the region, but it’s a world away from the smokestacks of old. We’ll find the businesses that have used digital innovation to bring new products to market and reinvent Leicestershire as a global hotspot of advanced manufacturing and engineering.

Innovation in Education and Training

Technology is now part and parcel of modern schooling and training. We want to hear from educationalists and companies that have come up with something exciting and new that helps prepare our young people for work. With the rapid pace of technological development and its effect on the future world of employment, coupled with the skills gap in so many sectors, this is seen as an incredibly important category for our awards.

Medical and Health Innovator of the Year

Sponsored by Morningside Pharmaceuticals

Leicestershire has a rich history of developing next generation medical and health innovations. DNA fingerprinting was discovered at the University of Leicester – changing the study of human genetics for ever. Now we want to reward the latest ideas and want to hear from anyone involved in the sector.

Innovation in Schools

We want to know something that a school has introduced to help its pupils excel. It could be a new process a teacher has introduced to organise the children or a clever way to get students thinking about maths. It could even be something introduced by the kitchen staff to get children eating healthily.

Innovation in Space

Sponsored by University of Leicester

Thanks to decades of research and development at the University of Leicester, the city is seen as a hotbed of space innovation. There are dozens of small, medium and large companies out there working on aerospace technology and its multiple applications.

University Student Innovation

Leicester and Leicestershire have been attracting the very best young people to study at its three universities for decades. We want to hear from individuals and groups with the next award winning ideas.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Sponsored by University of Leicester

The Lifetime Achievement Award will recognise the outstanding individual who has achieved the rare distinction of delivering, inspiring or executing innovation time and again over the course of their career.

Innovator of the Year

Sponsored by University of Leicester

Every year a product or service appears that will not only revolutionise a particular sector but potentially change the way each and every one of us lives. We want to find the person who has achieved something that is truly breath-taking – whether they have already brought it to market or are in the process of doing so. They will be our 2021 Innovator of the Year.

To enter an inspiring innovator or register for tickets, visit www.leicestershireliveinnovationawards.co.uk #LeicsLiveInnovation21

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