RealVNC wins UK's premier engineering prize

23 July 2013
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Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station: one of the world's most iconic buildings representing great British engineering.

Royal ceremony at Battersea Power Station celebrates contemporary software engineering icon with prestigious prize.

RealVNC, the provider of VNC remote access software, has been named as the winner of the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award. The award, presented at a glamorous ceremony at the iconic Battersea Power Station, London, recognises RealVNC's outstanding innovation, commercial success and contribution to society.

The MacRobert Award is the UK's longest running and most prestigious national prize for engineering innovation and is decided by a panel of distinguished British engineers and entrepreneurs from a range of disciplines. Co-founded and chaired by IET president Professor Andy Hopper, RealVNC was presented with the MacRobert Award gold medal and £50,000 cash prize by HRH The Princess Royal in one of the world's most iconic buildings representing great British engineering, Battersea Power Station. Built in the 1930s, it provided a spectacular backdrop of historical contrast for the award, which has this year recognised the promise of digital engineering excellence.

RealVNC is a small Cambridge software company, which was set up by some of the inventors of remote computer access software and has gone on to work with global technology giants such as Google, Apple, Intel, Sony, Jaguar Land Rover and countless more in using this technology to improve consumer products and services and develop gadgets of the future.

The company’s technology, which allows a computer screen to be remotely accessed and controlled from another device, is one of the most ubiquitous software solutions with over a billion copies worldwide. VNC is available on virtually every type of device that has a screen, making it the most widely ported software application. It is now an official part of the Internet, alongside Web and email protocols.

“It is a huge honour to receive the 2013 Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award for engineering innovation,” said Dr Andy Harter, CEO of RealVNC. “The award recognises our continual innovation in software engineering, and the enduring success of VNC technology worldwide. It is a testament to the ingenuity and creativity of our engineering and commercial teams, and we are all very proud.”