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The Edge Awards 2016: The winners revealed

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Written by: Gavin Thompson | Posted 25 February 2016 6:00

The Edge Awards 2016: The winners revealed
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Bionic hands, touchless technology, life saving apps and an energy supplier which is challenging the traditional Big Six suppliers were among the brilliant innovations honoured in Bristol last night.

The inaugural Edge Awards celebrating Excellence in Design, Gadgetry and Entrepreneurship took place at the Paintworks in Bath Road, Bristol.

Check out pictures from the night on our galleries page.

The event, run by the Bristol Post and its sister titles in association with the University of the West of England, showcases some of the region’s most remarkable inventions, ideas and businesses.

Bristol Post editor Mike Norton said: “We’re here to recognise and celebrate our region’s very best technology, creativity and innovation and we’re very proud to showcase some considerable talent.”

Mubaloo, based in Clifton, won the App of the Year prize for helping the London Air Ambulance respond more quickly to emergencies.

The London Air Ambulance team use Mubaloo's app

Pictured: The London Air Ambulance team use Mubaloo's app

The Emerging Technology prize went to Ultrahaptics, a fast growing business based at the Engine Shed which has created touchless control technology which still gives a sensation of feeling. The company is working with Jaguar cars among others big names who want to make use of it.

Another Engine Shed company, Neighbourly, won the Environmental award for its platform working to solve the scandal of food waste by connected those with surplus food with organisations which need it.

Samantha Payne, co-founder of Open Bionics, which creates bionic hands for amputees, won the Young Innovator Award. Last year Samantha secured a royalty-free deal with Disney allowing the firm, based at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory in Frenchay, to create Star Wars, Frozen and Marvel-themed prosthetics for children.

Stephen Fitzpatrick

Pictured: OVO Energy founder Stephen Fitzpatrick

Stephen Fitzpatrick, the founder of Ovo Energy, which employs more than 700 people at its offices in Temple Quay, was named Innovator of the Year. The company is one of the fastest growing in the UK thanks to its customer service-led approach to energy supply.

There was a special Ambassador prize for Professor Joe McGeehan from the University of Bristol, recognising his long standing contribution to the technology sector in the city.

Joe McGeehan

Special ambassador award winner Professor Joe McGeehan

Prof McGeehan founded the Toshiba Telecommunications Research Laboratory in Bristol in 1998, going on to become director of the Centre for Communications Research at Bristol University and chairman of inward investment agency Invest Bristol + Bath.

Before the prizes were handed out, guests at the relaxed event watched demonstrations by some of the companies backing the awards.

And experts from UWE, engineering firm Renishaw and intellectual property specialist EIP Europe talked about hot topics in the industry during a panel discussion

Sarah Pullen, managing director of the Bristol Post, explained why the company wanted to put on the awards.

“The Post is at the cutting edge of digital development,” she said. “Our digital audience growth is extraordinary. Last month, had more than four million unique visitors and more than 12 million page impressions.

“That makes us by far the most powerful news medium in the South West. Much bigger than any other local or national radio station, newspaper or news website, including the BBC, in this area.

“In fact, the Post website is one of the fastest-growing news websites in the UK.

“So we’re more than qualified to host this celebration of our region’s technology and digital expertise. In fact, it’s something we’ve wanted to do for some time.”

The Edge Awards were judge by Professor Nicholas O'Regan, Associate Dean of Research and Innovation and Professor of Strategy/Innovation and Enterprise at UWE Bristol, Chris Pockett, head of communications at Renishaw, Matt Lawman, partner at EIP Europe LLP, Richard Gordon-Brown, also a partner at EIP Europe LLP, Tara Walsh, business development manager at Foot Anstey, and Steve Mellen, assistant editor at the Bristol Post.

The winners

Best Marketing Campaign of the Year, sponsored by UWE Bristol

Winner: Unite Students – property rentals (Dirty Design)
Finalists: 3radical - Marketing Week Live (Rapport Digital); Escape to Jersey (Visit Jersey)

Creative Agency of the Year, sponsored by Juice Recruitment

Winner: Better Reach
Finalists: 375; Rapport Digital

App of the Year, sponsored by Downing Ventures

Winner: Mubaloo, Dispatch for London Air Ambulance
Finalists: Wriggle; Laudrapp; getUbetter

Environmental Technology Award, sponsored by Foot Anstey

Winner: Neighbourly Food
Finalists: Bristol Blue Green; Go Green Bristol

Emerging Technology Award, sponsored by EIP Europe


Pictured: Ultrahaptics CEO Steve Cliffe and CTO Tom Carter

Winner: Ultrahaptics
Finalists: Open Bionics; Opposable Group (VR)

Young Innovator of the Year, sponsored by Renishaw

Winner: Samantha Payne (Open Bionics)
Finalists: Tom Carter (Ultrahaptics); Tom Dewhurst (Ordable); Robert Hall (Wriggle)

Best Product of the Year, sponsored by Renishaw

Winner: Simpalarm
Finalists Squash Stix; Waterless

Innovator of the Year, sponsored by

Winner: Stephen Fitzpatrick (OVO)
Finalists: Tom Carter (Ultrahaptics); Ian Herbert (Vistair)

Outstanding New Business Idea, sponsored by Deloitte

Winner: SNUG Home by Barton Willmore and Ecomotive
Finalists: Helpful Peeps; Bibshot; Yellow Dog

Creative and Technology Ambassador Award, sponsored by UWE Bristol

Winner: Professor Joe McGeehan (Bristol University)

Keep visiting to read more stories about our winners in the next few days

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