The UK’s top data leaders were honoured at the second annual Data 50 Awards on Thursday evening, where GeoSpock CEO & co-founder, Steve Marsh, won ‘best in class’ in the inaugural “UK Data Entrepreneur” category.
The Data 50 Awards, organised by Information Age, is the UK’s premier initiative for celebrating data leadership and excellence. The list is updated annually to recognise the top individuals and companies creating business value and innovation from data.
After whittling down more than 300 nominations, Information Age announced the prestigious Data 50 list for 2017 last month and followed that up by revealing the inductees for two new categories, UK data entrepreneurs and global leaders.
Thursday’s ceremony, attended by around 300 sector leaders, not only celebrated all of those induced into the Data 50 programme this year but also revealed the winners of 12 ‘Best in Class’ categories.
Information Age’s editorial team decided the winners of the entrepreneur and global leader categories, while an independent judging panel met to decide the winners of the other ten ‘Best in Class’ awards.
The awards honour people and firms at the forefront of data – those transforming organisations and enhancing decision-making through its use, managing and controlling its proliferating growth, and driving business value.
All functions involved in driving data innovation in the UK were considered for this year’s list, including the vendors creating the technology, the end-users deploying it, and the consultancies and integrators that get deployments over the line.
“Data is now the beating heart of the British economy and the people we recognise as part of our Data 50 programme are the driving forces behind that,” said Ben Rossi, editorial director of Information Age publisher Vitesse Media, when introducing the awards ceremony. “I would like to congratulate not only the winners of the Best in Class awards tonight, but everybody inducted into the Data 50 so far. It’s an honour to celebrate the top players in this burgeoning and increasingly vital industry.”
Commenting on the win Steve Marsh, CEO and co-founder of GeoSpock said, “It’s an honour to be recognised for all the hard work we have put in over the past few years. GeoSpock is poised to revolutionise how data is organised, stored and analysed, and knowing that other people see the scale and value of the problems we have been solving is a great validation point.”