Thursday 23 November | Hilton London Bankside

The TechFest Awards recognise and rewards the projects, teams and companies doing the most to develop innovations and harness technologies that drive the construction and civil engineering industry forward.

The TechFest awards represents a unique opportunity to celebrate your successes within the civil engineering and construction sector and gain recognition at a national level for your achievements celebrated across both New Civil Engineer and Construction News.

The entry deadline for the 2023 awards has passed. We will launch the 2024 awards early next year.

Why enter

  • Be recognised by clients and the industry as leading the way in technology enabled solutions  
  • Benefit from exposure to our independent judging panel made up of industry clients and leaders
  • Promote your business as a champion of technological innovation and be showcased in our shortlist throughout the festival
  • Raise the profile of your work across the industry and receive unprecedented coverage from both Construction News and New Civil Engineer online and in the magazine
  • Promote your firm as a truly great place to work and position yourself as an employer of choice leading the adoption of technology and innovation
Key Dates
Deadline extension
Shortlist announcement

Judging process

The TechFest Awards 2023 will have a panel of judges representing leading clients and organisations in the civil engineering and construction industry who review entries to determine the shortlist and conduct live interview presentations, to select the winners for the categories judged live at the event and roundtable discussions to determine the other categories.

Each stage is designed to provide a fair and transparent process. Please note, that all categories other than those stated below will be judged on your written entry alone, so make sure you include as much supporting evidence as possible and make it clear in your entry why you should win. 

Stage 1:   Online Judging – once the entry phase closes, the judges will review online and score each submission to determine the shortlist.

Stage 2:   Roundtable discussion – once the shortlist is announced, all finalists will be reviewed again by our judging panel to select the winner.

Live presentations at the event:   As part of the programme for 2023, the following categories will be judged live during the conference ahead of the evening awards.

  • Best Use of Technology: Carbon Reduction
  • Best Use of Technology: Smart Data Collection in Construction
  • Innovation Accelerator - The shortlist for this category will also be given a complimentary stand within the Start Up zone at this year's event.

Hints & Tips

This is your chance to tell your story. All good stories have a structure so whether you are submitting entries for outstanding projects or as a trailblazing leader, remember to structure your entry along the following lines:

  • Beginning: How did your innovation come about, what challenges were you trying to overcome or when did you decide to embrace a change/technology?
  • Middle: What did you do to implement the innovation? Give examples demonstrating why you stand out
  • End: What were the results and what makes you or your project stand out?

To ensure that your submission is your best work, take a look at our hints and tips below before you start your entry:

  • Make a note of the deadline: write it in your diary or on your calendar, or set notifications on your phone to ensure you don't miss the chance to enter your excellent work
  • Preparation is key: now that you know the deadline, allow yourself plenty of time to write, develop and submit your entry – coming back to it with a fresh pair of eyes can help you remember important details that may make the difference between being shortlisted and just missing out
  • Make the judges' job easy: write in clear, plain English, avoid too much jargon and use bullet points where appropriate to break up the text
  • Pay attention to grammar and spelling: poorly presented entries lack credibility so don't lose out on being shortlisted on something you could have easily avoided
  • Involve the right people: if your work was a team effort, involve the other team members in developing the entry – you've got this far through teamwork so make it count
  • Back up your entry: take advantage of the option to include supporting information with your entry to help the judges understand the impact of your work
  • Proofread: ask someone else, such as a colleague, friend or manager, to look through your entry before you submit. It can be helpful to ask someone who was not directly involved in the work you are entering – like the judges they will not have detailed knowledge so they may suggest ways to clarify your entry.


Hopefully you'll find an answer to your question below. If not, please contact Ben on 020 3953 2653 or email him at

To view the criteria, create your account, or login with your email and password used to create your account if you have already done so. Select ‘Enter Now’ against the category you wish to view where the criteria will be displayed. If you wish to start your entry at this point any information you add will be autosaved and you can login to complete the rest of the entry at any time.

Enter the email address and password that you used when you first started your entry on the log in page, you will then be taken through to your dashboard and will be able to continue your entry.

You can enter another category by selecting the category you wish to enter from the ‘Categories’ section.

Please contact Ben on 020 3953 2653 or email him at and they will be able to help you with your entry.