The Celebration

Technology Presenter Spencer Kelly Hosted RITA 2017

Spencer is a respected broadcaster and journalist with more than twenty year's experience in radio and television. As part of a life-long love affair with science and technology, Spencer graduated with a double first in computer Science from Cambridge University and has recently been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology by the University of Coventry. During his career he has reported from countries across the globe on a range of technology issues – from the latest mobile internet devices in Japan and the crazy walking robots of South Korea, to the life-changing impact of just one computer on an Indian Village, and one SIM card on the slums of Johannesburg. He has tested satellite broadband in the scorching Namib desert, and been turned into an alien in the studios of Industrial Light & Magic in San Francisco. And he has reported on the re-emergence of 3D movies and TV in Los Angeles. He has also pursued some controversial investigations, including exposing security loopholes in Facebook, and giving the first television demonstration of a botnet - showing the power available to hacker who take control of a network of infected PCs.


Spencer regularly speaks at corporate events on his experiences and anecdotes as a technology tourist, and looks ahead to the exciting technologies that are just around the corner.”


Hilton Bankside Hotel
Hilton Bankside Hotel

The Real IT Awards 2018 will be held at Hilton Bankside.

The Hilton London Bankside represents the next generation of design-led Hilton Hotels. Ideally located in the heart of Bankside and only a stone’s throw away from some of London’s must-visit landmarks including Tate Modern, Borough Market and The Shard.


Who Attends

CIOs and their IT teams from large organisations, with many entrants coming from FTSE 250 companies. Attendees include both members and non-members.


Essex County Council
John Lewis Partnership


Guiding Principles

We hold our judges to the highest standards of fairness, accuracy impartiality and integrity. The entire judging process adheres firmly to these guiding principles.

Equal Treatment of all Entries

Judges evaluate every entry with a discerning eye towards project scope and strategic goals. A professional execution under a limited budget is more worthy than a mediocre execution for a well-funded initiative. It is execution that matters not total project scope.

Ensuring Impartiality


We make all efforts to avoid conflicts of interest in the judging process (such as inadvertently assigning a judge to evaluate an entry with which he/she is associated).


At least three judges are assigned to each entry at random from within the pool of judges whose expertise is relevant. All judges are screened before being assigned an entry.


All of the judges are expected to and will excuse themselves from judging an entry that may present a conflict of interest.

The Judging System

To evaluate entries judges utilise a points-based scoring system. Each judge will score each submission within their designated category, scores will then be combined to identify the short list / winner.


It is possible that more than one entry may qualify to win the same category.


Each category winner is scored again by the panel judges against the judging criteria to select the overall winner of a Real IT Award.


Decisions made by judges are final. The judges' decisions cannot be appealed.


The judging for the Special Achievement Award follows a separate process. The short list is chosen by the CITF and forwarded for final decision by the Membership Council.


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Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in sponsoring Real IT Awards 2018 we have packages available. Please contact Karen Morris ( for more details.