Wareable Tech Awards 2016 in association with Currys PC World

Announcing the all-important date, awards categories and guest judges
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The first ever Wareable Tech Awards are here. That's right, we will be honouring the best in wearable and connected self tech this October and we're hella excited.

The Wareable Tech Awards in association with Currys PC World are designed to shine a spotlight on the most important innovators in the hugely exciting world of wearable tech.

We've teamed up with our esteemed sponsor Currys PC World to honour the winners and shortlists on Thursday 27 October. We'll announce the winners online and live at our swanky Awards party at the historic Shoreditch Town Hall in the heart of London's Tech City. So not long to wait for the definitive verdicts on 2016's best devices, apps and startups.

The strictly invitation-only Awards will be presented by Lucy Hedges, the Metro newspaper's Tech editor and TV darling.

We've published our 12 Awards shortlists on the site and also adding wildcard entries for the very latest wearable tech as we test it between now and October. Because we can.

Wareable Tech Awards 2016 in association with Currys PC World

The categories

The 12 Wareable Tech Awards categories (in no particular order) are:

  • Fitness tracker of the year
  • Smartwatch of the year
  • Sports wearable of the year
  • Health and fitness platform of the year
  • VR headset of the year
  • VR experience of the year
  • Hearable of the year
  • Fashion tech collection of the year
  • Smart home platform of the year
  • Startup of the year
  • Saves The Day project of the year
  • Wearable of the year

Read this: The Wareable Tech Awards shortlists are now live

The judges

Wareable editors in London and San Francisco will be joined by our esteemed panel of expert guest judges which is embarrassingly glitzy and impressive:

For the big one, Wearable of the Year, our readers will also get the chance to vote online for their favourite tech on our shortlist. That's coming soon. We trust you so: don't mess it up.

The criteria for most of the shortlists (apart from Startup and Saves The Day) is that the device launched between October 2015 and October 2016 and that we have tested the tech. So if your device fits that criteria, we will have considered it for our longlist.

Wareable Tech Awards 2016 in association with Currys PC World

How we test


Sophie was Wareable's associate editor. She joined the team from Stuff magazine where she was an in-house reviewer. For three and a half years, she tested every smartphone, tablet, and robot vacuum that mattered. 

A fan of thoughtful design, innovative apps, and that Spike Jonze film, she is currently wondering how many fitness tracker reviews it will take to get her fit. Current bet: 19.

Sophie has also written for a host of sites, including Metro, the Evening Standard, the Times, the Telegraph, Little White Lies, the Press Association and the Debrief.

She now works for Wired.

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