UK Tech50 list

In December of last year Computer Weekly announced the second annual UKTECH50 awards, 'the definitive list of the real movers and shakers in the UK IT industry.'

The awards celebrate CIOs, industry executives, public servants and business leaders driving the creation of a high-tech economy in the UK as voted for by a panel of expert judges and an online reader vote. The results were announced at the end of last year at an all-day event at the Science Museum in London.

Amongst the great and good of the IT world, Octopus' own @StephenDSSmith was on hand to see (client) Phil Smith, CEO for UK and Ireland at Cisco, finish a very impressive 4th.

Phil outranked IT 'heavyweights' like Tim Berners-Lee, Ed Vaizey and Gerry Pennell - the poll was topped by Autonomy top dog Mike Lynch (not surprising considering he sold his company last year for a cool $12 billion).

This led us to have a think about what makes someone influential and the channels they use to exert that influence. In a world where social media rules all - how do the UKTech50 stack up? A little bit of desk research revealed the following:


1. In the week that Twitter announced that it has over half a billion users we could only find 19 twitter accounts for those in the UKTech50

2. Of those 19 only half could be considered active users

3. Of those, Tom Steinberg, Founder of MySociety, has a closed profile where tweets are hidden to non-followers

4. Of the top 10 only three had a corporate blog attributed to them

5. Of the top 20 only 11 have a publically available LinkedIn profile

Now, whilst we wouldn't pretend that this is the most robust research ever conducted, one would have perhaps assumed that the numbers would be higher due to the tech industry traditionally being a sector full of early adopters.

Are the UK's leading lights in tech actively shunning Twitter and dismissing it as a channel for influence, or is it a simple case of not enough hours in the day to become immersed in the world of social media? Or for the most influential of people, is their opinion of too high a premium to give away for free in 140 characters? 

You can find a full list of the top 50 here. I've also included the names and profiles of those who are on Twitter below. We welcome your thoughts on this… drop us a tweet @octopuscomms or comment below.



Phil Smith, CEO, Cisco UK & Ireland - @phsmithuk

Francis Maude, Cabinet Office minister - @FrancisMaude

Tom Steinberg, Founder of MySociety - @steiny

Ralph Rivera, Digital media director, BBC - @RalphRivera

Mike Bracken, Executive director of digital, HM Government - @MTBracken

Tim Berners-Lee, World Wide Web inventor; director of Open Data Institute - @timberners_lee

Paul Coby, IT director, John Lewis - @PaulCoby

Chris Chant, G-Cloud programme director, Cabinet Office - @cantwaitogo

Martha Lane Fox, Government digital champion; founder of RaceOnline2012 - @Marthalanefox

Kate Craig-Wood, Managing director, Memset - @Memset_Kate

Jos Creese, CIO, Hampshire County Council; chairman of Local Government CIO Council - @JosCreese

Ed Vaizey, MP, Communications minister - @edvaizey

Paul Cheesbrough, CIO, News International - @paulcheesbrough

JP Rangaswami, Chief scientist, - @jobsworth

Ken Olisa, Chairman, Restoration Partners - @Aim4Tech

David Matthewman, CIO, Open University - @davidmatthewman

Julie Meyer, CEO, Ariadne Capital - @JulieMarieMeyer

John Higgins, Outgoing director-general, Intellect; director general, Digital Europe - @IntellectDG_JH

Elizabeth Varley, Co-founder & CEO, TechHub - @evarley

Alun Michael, MP, chairman of PICTFOR - @alunmichaelmp


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