The NMI Awards Gala, always a highlight on the technical socialite’s busy calendar, took place last week at London’s Grange Tower Bridge Hotel. Guest speaker Chris Akabusi was an inspirational highlight, and the annual ‘German Beer Fest’ was as usual a welcome thirst quencher as the awards ended and the cheerful chatting began.
For the 2nd year running, IC Resources sponsored the night’s most prestigious award, Company of the Year. This year Dyson took the accolade as a result of its new robot vacuum cleaner, the ‘360 Eye’, which has over 70,000 people in over 190 countries expressing interest before production has begun.
Here are the full details of Derek Boyd’s speech:
The Company of the Year award is an award that is open to all companies within the electronic systems sector operating in the UK. Companies small or large can self-nominate or be nominated – the key criteria is that the candidate has had a notable and significant year relative to their own development.
Therefore tonight we look to honour a company that we can all celebrate their success in 2014, a company which can be held up as an exemplar – to inspire others and symbolise the ever increasing value of electronics to our economy, industry and society.
The Shortlist for 2014 is as follows:
Maxeler for their energy efficient, high performance computing solutions – most notably in scientific computing where they reportedly top the Green500 list today.
Movidius for their work in bringing ‘highly capable’ computer vision to mobile devices – once again, low energy being a pre-requisite.
Renishaw – a FTSE250, world leading metrology company with UK headquarters whose commitment to R&D, innovation and people for over 40 years has driven record revenues in 2014.
Dyson – a company that needs little introduction. This year Dyson announced plans to double the size of their UK research centre and a new robot vacuum cleaner called the ‘360 Eye’ which has over 70,000 people in over 190 countries express interest even before production begins.
The judges also gave a commendation for Vertizan and their intelligent testing tool suite. The nascent company has signed significant business this year and is on the “one to watch” list for the future.
Of course there can only be one winner and anyone of the finalists would be worthy. The decision was not easy, requiring the judges to have several rounds of discussion. They finally concluded on the company which not only demonstrated significant business success but is also developing capabilities which will have profound implications for their future too.
Please join me in congratulating NMI’s company of the year 2014: