The tech community of Tees Valley gathered in the Pavilion at Kirkleatham Walled Garden in Redcar for the highly anticipated Tees Tech Awards 2023 evening. Organised by Tees Business in association with DigitalCity and Middlesbrough Digital, the award ceremony celebrated the remarkable achievements of the region’s tech industry. The event, held on Thursday, June 8, and hosted by Bob Cuffe MBE, brought together over 300 attendees and aimed to raise funds for The Hope Foundation’s FurbdIT project, an initiative combating digital poverty in the region.
As a relatively new company, V-LAB was already honoured to be a finalist for both the Innovation and Newcomer of the Year awards. The recognition itself was a testament to the hard work of our team and our commitment to revolutionising energy and digital engineering to meet net-zero targets. However, winning the Tees Tech Award for Innovation was undoubtedly the highlight of the night, showcasing our dedication to innovation.
Dr Vladimir Vukovic, the founding director of V-LAB Ltd, expressed his excitement, stating, “I’m thrilled to share that our team has been awarded the innovation prize for our groundbreaking app, THERCOM. This technology aims to revolutionise indoor temperature control and energy conservation allowing the occupants to control their energy systems by expressing how hot or cold they are, rather than setting the temperature. And by doing so, THERCOM brings average savings of 40%. Tees Tech Innovation Aware is a testament to our hard work and expertise. We’re honoured by this recognition and motivated to continue developing innovative solutions for a sustainable future. Thank you for your support as we strive to make a positive impact with THERCOM.“
THERCOM, developed by V-LAB, is a groundbreaking indoor climate control system that prioritises user experience, energy efficiency, and alignment with the technological revolution. Supported by the Innovate UK Fast Start: Innovation grant, DigitalCity, and the Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, THERCOM guarantees optimal thermal comfort while delivering an intuitive interaction between occupants and energy systems. By incorporating thermal comfort theory, THERCOM enhances the user experience, making it the world’s first indoor climate control system that directly relates to the user experience and the environment.
If you would like to pre-order the THERCOM app with smart thermostats and smart radiator valves, please fill out the form at https://thercom.net
Beyond local achievements, V-LAB is actively contributing to an international project in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng). This project, backed by the Anglo-American Group Foundation and the UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund, empowers engineers in the electricity industry in Nigeria, enhancing access to renewable electricity and promoting sustainable energy solutions. As the UK industrial lead on this groundbreaking initiative, V-LAB is poised to make a significant impact, benefiting millions of people in Africa’s most populous country.
Vishak Dudhee, the Technical Manager at V-LAB, emphasised the company’s commitment to knowledge sharing and practical implementation, stating, ” At V-LAB, we are committed to achieving net-zero goals. We actively translate our ideas into action and offer our expertise through consultancy to support others in need. By consistently putting our ideas into practice and sharing our knowledge, we strive to contribute to the broader goal of reaching net-zero emissions.“
The Tees Tech Awards 2023 not only celebrated outstanding achievements but also highlighted the thriving tech ecosystem in Tees Valley. The event showcased the remarkable talent and innovation present in the region, inspiring and motivating others to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. Year after year, the Tees Tech Awards amplify success stories, driving the tech sector forward and solidifying Tees Valley’s reputation as a hub for tech excellence.
V-LAB would like to extend its heartfelt gratitude to Tees Business for this prestigious award. Congratulations to the other nominees for the Innovation Award, Fitfactory Technology and Core Systems Software, as well as fellow Newcomer of the Year nominee, Core Systems Software, and award winner, The Petite Agency!
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