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Watch: Belfast Telegraph’s IT Awards honour the quality and successes of the sector

IT firms and teams win across 17 categories at night of celebration

IT company Codec has been honoured for its response to the Covid-19 pandemic in the Belfast Telegraph IT Awards in partnership with Telefónica Tech Ireland.

The biggest achievers in Northern Ireland’s IT industry were celebrated at an event on Friday night in the MAC Theatre in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.

And medical testing firm Randox Laboratories has been named Overall IT Company of the Year as well as taking home an impressive three awards.

Its IT team triumphed in the categories of Digital Project of the Year, IT Project of the Year and IT Team of the Year, as well as winning the most coveted category of Overall IT Company of the Year.

Peter Russell, managing director of Telefónica Tech Ireland, said: “The winners of the awards reflect the depth and quality of the IT sector in Northern Ireland and the quality work being done here by a wide range of companies.

“We’re very proud to sponsor this year’s awards which in many respects showcase the contribution that the IT sector made during the pandemic, helping keep people and companies safe and connected, and supporting vital efforts across sectors including health, the public sector, and retail.

“Congratulations to all of the winners.”

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Guests from Codec pictured at the Belfast Telegraph IT Awards at The Mac  

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Noel Brady and guests pictured at the Belfast Telegraph IT Awards at The Mac  

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Ineqe Safeguarding Group pictured at the Belfast Telegraph IT Awards at The Mac  

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Sarah Canavan and John Harkin pictured at the Belfast Telegraph IT Awards at The Mac  

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Brian Quinn, Orla Fitzsimons, Neill Ferguson and Jordan Duffy pictured at the Belfast Telegraph IT Awards at The Mac  

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Staff from Expleo pictured at the Belfast Telegraph IT Awards at The Mac  

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Keith Bradley and Conor Friel pictured at the Belfast Telegraph IT Awards at The Mac  

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Eugene McKeown, Lisa Comerton and Peter Russell pictured at the Belfast Telegraph IT Awards at The Mac  

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Julianne Deegan, Sarah Walsh and Roisin Cameron pictured at the Belfast Telegraph IT Awards at The Mac  

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Karen McGarvey pictured at the Belfast Telegraph IT Awards at The Mac  

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In comments on Randox’ achievements, the judging panel - led by Professor Karen Rafferty of Queen’s University - said: “While there were a number of very strong contenders, the judges felt that Randox were worthy winners of the Overall IT Company of the Year because of the way in which the team at Randox worked together at speed, to rise to the challenge of Covid.

“They were able to deliver a highly effective end-to-end solution to support the nationwide testing programme on a 24/7 basis, which has been hailed as a significant success in the fight against Covid-19.”

Codec triumphed in the Covid Response category for working with Queen’s University to deliver solutions including an online portal for Covid-19 campus contact tracing.

The judges said: “Codec demonstrated speed, technical ability and team working to react very successfully to the needs of their Client Queens University to help prevent the spread of Covid 19 among staff, students and visitors to the University.

“Partnership and collaboration were the key elements of success in this project.”

Eoin Brannigan, Editor-in-Chief of the Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Life, said: “We have been thrilled to hold our IT Awards this year, and it’s been a brilliant night of celebration of all the achievements of the sector.

“IT has been at the vanguard of helping us cope with the Covid-19 pandemic, from facilitating medical advances to enabling us all to work from home.

“Across 16 categories our judges have selected a range of fantastic, deserving winners.

“Thank you so much to the judges for their hard work.

“We are grateful to Telefónica Tech Ireland for their support as headline sponsor, and to all the sponsors across our 17 categories.

“We look forward to seeing everyone again next year.”

2021 Belfast Telegraph IT Awards in partnership with Telefonica Tech Ireland: Winners and category sponsors

Best Place to Work in IT (Large)

Sponsor – Vanrath

Winner - Alchemy Technology Services

Best Place to Work in IT (Small)

Sponsor – Vanrath

Winner – Covernet

Best Use of Cloud Services

Sponsor – Version 1

Winner - George Best Belfast City Airport

Covid Response

Sponsor – Consult NB1 Ltd

Winner - Codec

Cyber Security Project of the Year

Sponsor – NI Cyber

Winner - Allstate

Digital Project of the Year

Sponsor – Codec

Winner - Randox Laboratories

Ecommerce Project of the Year

Sponsor – IRP Commerce

Winner - Built for Growth Digital

IT Professional of the Year

Sponsor – Hays Technology

Winner - Seamus Wilkinson, Version 1

IT Project Team of the Year

Sponsor – Civica

Winner - Randox Laboratories

IT Team of the Year

Sponsor – Vyta

Winner - Randox Laboratories

IT Woman of the Year

Sponsor – Ulster University

Winner - Rachelle Reid, Allstate

Mobile App of the Year

Sponsor – Invest NI

Winner - RotaPal

Best ‘Not for Profit’ Sector IT Project of the Year

Sponsor – Continu

Winner - NIACRO

Small IT Team of the Year

Sponsor – Allstate Northern Ireland

Winner - Action Cancer

Small Supplier of the Year

Sponsor – Eir

Winner - Continu

Young IT Professional

Sponsor – APCOA Ltd

Winner - Johnny Gillespie, Version 1

Overall IT Company of the Year

Sponsor – Telefónica Tech Ireland

Winner - Randox Laboratories


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