At Embedded World 2023, Electronic Specifier will once again be celebrating the very best of the industry with its Electronics Excellence Award.


Launched at electronica in 2022, this award is the most rigorous and transparent award in the industry.

The judging panel for Electronic Specifier’s Electronics Excellence Award features specially curated industry thought-leaders and electronics specialists.

All entries to the award will be independently scored after being discussed in-depth by our judges. The highest scoring entry will be our winner.

More information about the award can be found here. 

The judges are as follows:

Robert Owen, Director: Worldwide University Programme at Imagination Technologies

Robert Owen created and directed three of the world’s leading industry-to- university programmes: for Texas Instruments, Imagination Technologies, and RS Components.

In parallel, he created and ran a successful media business. In 2019 he returned to Imagination to revive and reposition the Imagination University Programme (‘IUP’), focused on the ‘silicon engines’ of GPUs (Graphics Processors), NNAs (Neural Network Accelerators), and a RISC-V-based family of CPUs. The application of these engines is driving urgent need for new education materials which provide hands-on learning using industrially-proven technologies. These materials enable teachers of the next generation of engineers and programmers to understand how to solve real-world problems with these exciting technologies.

Now in his 29th year in the field of Industry-to-Academia collaboration, Robert has unique insight into this market, and a formidable global network of relationships.

Rupert Baines, CMO at Codasip

Rupert is a seasoned start-up entrepreneur and CEO.  He has founded a number of technology companies and had three successful exits. He is now CMO of Codasip, developing RISC-V processors. He was CEO of UltraSoc (sold to Siemens – a deal done over lockdown!), and before that was CMO at Picochip (now part of Intel).

Helen Duncan, Content Marketing Specialist at MWE Media

Helen is a Marketing Consultant, writing and advising on the RF, wireless and semiconductor industries. After an early career as a microwave design engineer, she was Marketing Manager for two global semiconductor manufacturers, then Editor of Microwave Engineering Europe. She has a BSc (Hons) in Electronic Engineering, is a Chartered Engineer and member of the IET, IEEE and CIPR.

Dunstan Power, Director of ByteSnap Design and its new electric vehicle charging division, Versinetic

Dunstan is a chartered electronics engineer providing design, production, and support in electronics to all of ByteSnap Design’s clients.

Having graduated with a degree in engineering from Cambridge University, Dunstan has been working in the electronics industry since 1992. He teamed up with his former colleague Graeme Wintle in 2008 to establish ByteSnap Design; an embedded design consultancy with clients worldwide from Andover to Australia.

Jamie Davey, Associate Vice President of Arrow Electronics

James is based in the UK and has more than 18 years of experience in the electronics industry, including senior regional and worldwide roles in semiconductor design, engineering, field sales & marketing at Microchip, Toshiba, Cadence Design Systems and most recently, Arrow Electronics. James heads up the Design Services business in EMEA for a division of Arrow Electronics called eInfochips.

Nigel Watts, President at WPG

I joined the electronics industry in 1978 (GEC UK), trained as an engineer but migrated to sales and marketing in 1982. Since then, I have worked with over 200 semiconductor, electronic component, and system businesses, spanning the globe, in roles which include sales, marketing, senior management and business owner. In 2021, I sold my representative company, Ismosys and took the position of EMEA President for WPG, the world’s largest semiconductor distributor. I have an undying passion for the industry and am focused on driving business forward in creative ways to generate revenues for the company I work for and the partners we engage with.