– IJYI and Suffolk County Council (SCC), have won one of the UK’s most important national IT awards for the development of a critical data gathering and reporting tool used during the COVID-19 pandemic. In winning the award for Data Science Project of the Year at the 2022 UK IT Industry Awards, IJYI and SCC triumphed in a tough category that also included the likes of Thames Water and Openreach.
The CoronaWatch Dashboard was designed and developed by Suffolk County Council and IJYI to provide not only public access to critical COVID-19 information, but also in greater depth privately for key stakeholders, partners and decision-makers. The award judges looked for the most outstanding IT project to deliver real value from data in terms of organisational performance, describing the Coronawatch project as an “agent for change”.
- Kevin Linsell, CEO
In addition to winning Data Science Project of the Year, IJYI and SCC were also finalists for the Public Sector Project of the Year award for their work on the Analysis of Additional Needs Tool (AANT) project. The AANT process is designed to support the inclusion of children and young people across the county through cloud technology enabling access to consultation with an Educational Psychologist (EP). This project highlights the level of innovation being undertaken within local councils and SCC specifically. The AANT is being recognised as best practice with other Local Authorities who are now training their EPs to use this system too.
The UK IT Industry Awards are the largest and most well-known event in the technology industry calendar. Owned and operated by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and Computing, the awards enjoy a level of professionalism and industry knowledge not seen at other shows. As a result, winners are celebrated for genuine success.
- Cllr Andrew Reid, Suffolk County Council Cabinet Member for Public Health and Protection