Kainos, a leading provider of digital services and platforms, has been shortlisted in three categories for the 2019 UK IT Industry Awards.

Designed to celebrate excellence, the awards recognise those individuals, projects, organisations and technologies that have excelled in the use, development and deployment of IT over the previous 12 months. Hosted by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and Computing, the awards are regarded as the benchmark for outstanding performance across the UK computer industry.

Kainos has been shortlisted in three categories for projects carried out in partnership with The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO). Kainos and Defra are nominated in the Best Public Sector IT Project category, while Kainos and HMPO are nominated for Digital Transformation Project of the Year. Senior AI Engineer, Jordan McDonald has also been shortlisted in the Rising Star category.

In working with Defra Kainos has built and delivered a replacement for the EU’s TRACES import system from scratch, now called Import of Products, Animals, Food & Feed System (IPAFFS). The project faced a seemingly insurmountable challenge: to develop a new UK wide digital service in 18 months, in an environment of intense political scrutiny and challenging circumstances that was critical to future UK trade.  The resulting service lays the foundations and sets the standard for future digital trade systems.  

Kainos worked with HMPO to deliver the new Digital Customer Services (DCS) which is a digital only passport application platform and has incorporated innovative features such as digital photo upload and asking someone to confirm your identity online. Built in-house from the ground-up and led and managed by civil servants, DCS is the result of a highly successful collaboration between HMPO and Kainos.

Jordan McDonald, Senior AI Engineer joined us in 2016 and is one of our brightest young talents and a leading voice in Artificial Intelligence on a local level. He has been recognised as a nominee in the ‘Rising Star’ category because of his work implementing AI as a solution for clients like DVSA and more. He also is co-founder of the local AI NI community, organising the country’s largest AI Hackathon back in April.

The winners of the 2019 UK IT Awards will be announced at a gala prize-giving ceremony taking place on Wednesday 13 November 2019 at Battersea Park Events Arena in London.

For the full shortlist visit the awards website.