News | Round-up June 26

Tees Tech Awards announces new awards event date 

It was announced in May that the event would be held virtually – with plans to beam the awards to thousands of people online. 

And now – with the awards shortlists due to be announced within days – a new date of Thursday August 20 has been set, with the region’s airport providing the backdrop for the historic event. 

Organiser Dave Allan, Tees Business co-editor, explained: “We’ve had to wait for government guidance in terms of how many people we could get in a room, to have key representatives there on the night. 

“We’ve also been discussing with a media partner the logistics of delivering the event, and just making sure we’re fully geared up to deliver the event properly and professionally. 

“We’re delighted to be hosting the event at the airport. It’s an ideal venue for WiFi connectivity as well as for access, but it also makes another positive statement that our airport is open for business.” 

More than 90 entries were received for the 11 categories in the Tees Tech Awards. Shortlists are expected to be announced next week. 

New chairman joins SockMonkey 

Following last week’s news of a £250,000 investment from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, SockMonkey has this week announced that it has a new member joining the team. 

Award winning creative business leader, Ron Ashtiani, will be joining SockMonkey as nonexecutive Chairman with aims to take the studio to the next level. 

Ron is known for his creative and business leadership in the industry and has worked on three blockbuster Marvel movies and over 30 video games, eight of which have charted as number one games. 

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Exciting opportunity with the BBC 

The BBC has recently released a tender for suppliers to provide bespoke digital services and solutions across a range of categories. 

The digital categories include: web development, mobile app development, backend development, third party maintenance, emerging technologies, data science and machine learning, design and UX and host and operate. 

The contract may require suppliers to work across the BBC’s digital portfolio including, but not limited to, childrens and education, news, sport, sounds, home, iPlayer and TV. 

Suppliers may also be required to provide services across a variety of bespoke internal staff facing or other user-facing applications. 

The contract will have an initial term of 24 months commencing on 20 October 2020. 

You can find out more here. 


Tickets on sale for Teesside Airport festival 

Tickets for Teesside Airport’s Live From The Drive-In started going on sale this week. We hope you haven’t missed out. 

With headliners including Sigala, Tony Hedley, The Streets, Kaiser Chiefs and many more this event is putting Teesside on the map once again following Radio One’s Big Weekend last year. 

Music lovers can park their car on the runway with a designated spot to maintain social distancing and enjoy a good get together once again. 

Make sure you don’t miss out on tickets here. 

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