Have you got what it takes to be a winner at the BCS Awards 2005?

More than 20 awards across five categories are up for grabs in the 2005 BCS IT Professional Awards, run in association with...

More than 20 awards across five categories are up for grabs in the 2005 BCS IT Professional Awards, run in association with Computer Weekly.

The BCS said the awards have become the UK's leading event recognising IT excellence and innovation. Last year saw a 55% increase in the number of entries - and an awards dinner attended by nearly 800 people.

"The awards are intended to mirror the constant changes in IT," said BCS president David Morriss. "For example, this year we are recognising developments in the rapidly growing mobile computing area."

Entries for the Technology category are due in by 24 March. There are separate awards for applications; services in fields ranging from education to public utilities; systems software; hardware or complete systems which may be independent of a particular application area; and social contribution.

Most of the work must have been done in the UK, including origination, planning and control.

The main judging criteria are originality, exploitation potential, and market success. Working prototypes will also be considered.

Entries for the Business Achievement category must be received by 7 April. There are categories for public sector, non-profit and charity organisations; financial and related services companies; commercial and industrial companies; and small organisations with up to 100 staff.

Judging criteria are the impact on the organisation's performance; the effectiveness of the relationships between all main parties; and the management of the system development, implementation and operation.

The Individual Excellence Awards close on 24 June. These are for the IT directors of the year (one from an organisation with more than 250 staff, and one from an organisation with up to 250 staff), IT service manager of the year, project manager of the year, IT consultant, business analyst, IT developer (applications), IT developer (infrastructure), IT trainer, and young IT practitioner.

Entries for the BCS President's Award should be submitted by 24 June. This year Morriss has chosen to focus on mobile computing, as well as continuing the Women in IT Award, initiated by last year's president Wendy Hall.

There are also Flagship Awards for the overall winners of the Business Achievement categories and for the most innovative winner from the Technology categories.

Entries are reviewed by panels of industry experts and leading academics, who go on site visits and draw up shortlists for each award. All shortlisted entries win a BCS medal. The award winners will be announced at a black-tie dinner at the Hilton Park Lane in London on 29 September.

Details and registration forms www.bcs.org/awards/professional

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