TechAwards and TechWeek get together to celebrate innovation Department of ICT Policy and Innovation, Government of Bermuda The TechAwards joined the Bermuda TechWeek line-up to highlight Bermuda’s role as the Silicon Valley of the Atlantic. Thanks to Bermuda’s leadership in fintech regulation and for its creation of a welcoming and stable environment for innovation, the Island continues to attract worldwide attention for its original approach to the new economy. From October 14-18, Bermuda hosted Bermuda TechWeek 2019, “an inaugural week of fintech events featuring thought-leadership sessions and networking opportunities with technologists and innovators from around the world.” Of the many events associated with TechWeek, the popular TechAwards helped to kick-off the week of activities and discussions. In 2007, the TechAwards was launched to celebrate innovative technology-supported solutions developed in Bermuda or by Bermudians. The TechAwards are nomination-based and fall into four categories; International Innovation of the Year, Local Innovation of the Year, Best New Mobile App, Best Youth Technology Programme. This year, a ‘Trailblazer Award’ was added to celebrate a notable innovation which did not fall into any of the categories above. Selected nominees were invited to showcase their projects and innovations to an independent panel of judges who are themselves leaders in the local IT sector. The winners in each category were selected by consensus. TechAwards winners only found out that they were the best of the year at the same time as those who attended the evening reception. The TechAwards is coordinated, organised and hosted by the Department of ICT Policy & Innovation (IPI), which operates within the Office of the Premier, Government of Bermuda. The mission of IPI is to develop sound policies and regulatory frameworks that promote and enable innovative, cyber-secure ICT-enabled industries and to facilitate the adoption and growth of a secure and advanced digital economy. IPI is primarily outward-facing and is involved in the areas of cyber security, e-commerce, e-business, cyber safety, privacy, technology literacy and development, and internet governance. IPI strives to ensure that technology plays its part in empowering every student, teacher, entrepreneur, and thought leader in Bermuda. It also brings local and international recognition to their work and in many ways supports harnessing the power of technology and integrating it to positively impact lives. Year after year, the TechAwards continue to show that in the right context, where opportunity meets hard work, technology enables creativity and innovation. That is what was evidenced clearly during Bermuda TechWeek.