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The Pioneer Challenge




You’re a visionary. Your ideas are going to change lives. You’re a team that dares to tread where others turn and cower. You’re a Pioneer – and we’ve cooked up something that’s going to help you bring your superb concept to life.

Your team has a plan, a scheme, a vision for your organisation’s ICT services which is going to make people’s heads spin in awe and delight: You are ready for Socitm’s Pioneer Challenge!

Following the success of our first-ever Pioneer Challenge (see winning entries below), we’ve once again teamed up with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide an amazing new pioneering package – and it's free. That needs repeating: It's free.

(Incidentally, if you’re a top-class tech supplier and you’d like to get involved with our Pioneer Challenge, you’re more than welcome to join us. Get in contact with us today).

How to enter the Pioneer Challenge
If your team has got what it takes, complete our application form detailing your idea and WHY YOU are the best candidate for the Pioneer Challenge and send it in to us. That’s all you have to do.


So, then, here is our amazing new pioneering package:

Pioneer Challenge package: AWS

AWS is offering the following:

  • $20,000 of credit for use on the AWS platform to be used during the course of a year
  • AWS support
  • Named Solution Architect support throughout the project
  • Monthly business reviews
  • Free online training resources
  • Quick start set-ups of standardised AWS cloud environments that support workloads classified as United Kingdom (UK) OFFICIAL


Fantastic training opportunity


AWS is also offering Socitm member organisations the opportunity to send up to two staff on the three-day Architecting on AWS course provided by certified training partner QA.  Training needs to be completed by 31 December 2018. Please email enquiries@socitm.net to register your interest.

So, you know what you've got to do. Take up the challenge and get your pioneering ideas over to us!
Email your submissions to chantelle.denny@socitm.net 
Read the rules for entry in our terms and conditions.

Download our application form.

The first Pioneer Challenge winners announced


Socitm has named Chorley, Kingston, Sutton and Aberdeenshire councils as the winners of its first-ever Pioneer Challenge.

Each of the councils will receive a free package of services that will help turn their IT visions into reality.

The winning entries were announced at the Socitm President's Conference on 9 May 2018.

Chorley Council’s package includes $20,000 of credit for use on the Amazon Web Services platform, support, monthly business reviews, and online training resources.

The Kingston and Sutton Shared ICT service will join the Novoville family and receive full software support, including on-boarding and integration processes, real-time software updates and monthly check-up sessions, and software amendments.

Meanwhile, Aberdeenshire Council will benefit from a £5,000 service from MLL Telecom that includes consultancy on internet services, PSN requirements and HSCN provision, and a written report showing quick wins and longer term strategic objectives to match business requirement.

We will follow these case studies over the next 12 months so watch this space for further updates!