4 Feb
' Nominations Open '
22 Apr
' Nominations Close '
10 May
' Shortlist Announced '
6 Jun
' Awards Dinner & Ceremony '


Connect ICT Team Award

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Technology and digital services underpin the work of Scotland’s public sector bodies as never before and the vital role performed by ICT departments and project teams across the country is key. Nominations in this category will demonstrate outstanding performance by an ICT department or team, from technology support to improving operational efficiency and driving innovation and change.

Shortlisted Projects:

  • Forestry & Land Scotland - ICT Transition to Forestry in Scotland
  • NHSScotland - Transforming Financial Reporting Across NHSScotland
  • Scottish Environmental Protection Agency - Digital Licensing Team

Connect Citizen Award

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In the face of increasing demand from the public for more accessible, 24 hour services which meet their needs and an ever increasing constraint on budgets, the pressure has never been greater for ICT professionals to develop innovative solutions for citizen engagement. The shortlisted nominees for the Connect Citizen Award showcase the most examples of projects and solutions which use ICT to engage with citizens and create citizen centred services.
Nominations should include:

  • How the project/service has improved the user experience
  • Benefits to the organisation in terms of obstacles/issues it helps overcome, efficiencies, etc.
  • How the product/service improves the organisations general level of engagement with the citizen

Shortlisted Projects:

  • Aberdeenshire Council - myAberdeenshire app
  • Improvement Service and SEEMiS - parentsportal.scot
  • NHS National Services Scotland and Youth Leaders - Civtech Wildcard Challenge: Starting the Conversation about Mental Health

Connect Project Delivery Award

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When a new public sector technology or IT project goes wrong, everyone knows about it. This award will recognise the many examples of large and complex projects being successfully developed and delivered each year across the public sector. The Connect Project Delivery Award will go to a project manager or project team that can demonstrate best practise in the successful delivery of an ICT project and nominations should demonstrate:

  • Did the project deliverables match or exceed initial objectives
  • Was the project completed to original timescale and budget
  • What external/internal obstacles were overcome to meet project objectives

Shortlisted Projects:

  • Angus Council - Radio Connectivity: Making the Digital Difference
  • Forestry & Land Scotland - ICT Transition to Forestry in Scotland
  • Improvement Service - Digital Public Services

Connect Data Innovation Award

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The Connect Data Innovation award recognises the application of data to address a problem where data or data science had not previously been used or exploited. This could be to improve a business process, apply new analyse to improve insights, or deliver a new way of delivering a service.  

Whatever the application of data, applications must be able to demonstrate the impact experienced by the customer (internal or external) as a result of the innovation.  Particular attention will be paid to submissions that have managed to effect the change using existing resources more effectively.

Nominated Projects

  • NHSScotland - Transforming Financial Reporting Across NHSScotland
  • North Lanarkshire Council - Customer Data
  • Scottish Government - Health and Homelessness Data Linkage

Connect Digital Health & Care Award

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Scotland has long been in the vanguard of adopting new technologies to improve health and social care provision. The Digital Health & Care Award will recognise some of the most outstanding examples of these projects and nominations should demonstrate:

  •  How the project/solution solves a particular organisational or patient problem
  • What measurable benefits have there been to the organisation or the patient experience/wellbeing
  • How the project/solution has introduced new or leading edge technology, created different ways of working or a shift in approach the benefits service users

Shortlisted Projects:

  • Edinburgh Napier University - Critical Care Recovery
  • NHS Lanarkshire - Enhancing Post Diagnostic Dementia Support Through the Use of Technology
  • NHS National Services for Scotland - Digital BP Monitoring Service

Connect Innovate Award

Awarded to the most innovative use of ICT in delivering public services. The shortlisted nominees for this category will represent those public sector projects, solutions and products using digital technology to push the boundaries of what is possible.
Nominations should demonstrate:

  • How the project/solution has introduced new or leading edge technology, created different ways of working or a shift in approach the benefits service users
  • Measurable success – has the project/solution been deployed and what impact has it had on improving the organisation or services

Shortlisted Projects:

  • Angus Council - Radio Connectivity: Making the Digital Difference
  • Edinburgh Napier University - Critical Care Recovery
  • Improvement Service - Digital Public Services

Connect Digital Leader Award

This award will go to a CIO, Head of IT/ICT or overall Head of IT. The winner will be an individual who has consistently demonstrated excellence in leadership, innovation and quality in the use and promotion of IT in their organisation to improve delivery of public services. Nominations are welcomed from prospective nominees themselves, their staff, peers or partner organisations.

Shortlisted Nominees

  • Professor George Crooks, CEO, Digital Health and Care Institute
  • Anne Moises, former CIO, Scottish Government
  • Peter Tolland, CIO, North Lanarkshire Council

Connect Rising Star

This new category is to recognise the outstanding efforts and achievements of the rising stars of the public sector IT industry – those who are below Senior Management or Director level, and who therefore represent the talent pipeline and the next generation of future leaders. Nominate a colleague in this category to reward your brightest and best talent and demonstrate your organisation’s commitment to developing talent. Judges will be looking for:

  • The nominee going above and beyond the daily requirements of their role
  • Strong demonstration of the nominee’s ability as part of a team and working on their own initiative
  • The impact they have had on the organisation

Shortlisted Nominees:

  • Nadia Ali, Head of Digital Strategy and Governance Services, ARE Team, Scottish Government
  • Dylan Nelson, ICT Team Project Leader, Aberdeenshire Council

Connect Mobile Award

From healthcare and social services to frontline policing and environmental services, public sector workers are constantly on the move and technology is constantly evolving to ensure that being mobile doesn’t mean being disconnected. The Connect Mobile Award will recognise an organisation which has embraced the potential of mobile technology to deliver more effective services.

Shortlistes Projects:

  • Aberdeenshire Council - myAberdeenshire app
  • NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde - Developing the Librarian Role the Digital Age

Connect Industry Collaboration Award

Effective collaboration between innovative private sector vendors and the public sector is key to achieving wide scale transformation public services. Developing a partnership that delivers positive outcomes for the public isn’t straight forward, it’s not quick and definitely not easy.

This award will recognise a private sector supplier and their client who have collaborated effectively to deliver a successful innovative digital transformation project.

Nominated Projects:

  • Digital Health & Care Institute - The DHI Exchange
  • Fife Council & Canon UK - Managed Print & Document Service
  • Scottish Government - Scottish Government Payment Project Team