SiyonaTech had an incredible evening at the Brandon Hall Excellence Awards 2020, winning 10 awards from the 10 categories entered, and another award entered by a partner. The haul includes three gold, four silver (plus a partner silver) and three bronze awards.

The Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards, now in its 26th year, recognises the best organisations from around the world that have successfully developed and deployed programmes and tools that have achieved measurable results.

Results were announced on 20th August. Here’s the rundown:



2 x Best Unique or Innovative Learning and Development Program
1 x Best Use of Mobile Learning




2 x Best Use of Games and Simulations for Learning
1 x Best Advance in Compliance Training
1 x Best Advance in Custom Content
1 x Best Use of Performance Support (entered by Swiss Re)



1 x Best Advance in Compliance Training
1 x Best Advance in Custom Content
1 x Best Advance in Competencies and Skill Development



Award entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group analysts and executives based upon the following criteria: fit the need, design of the program, functionality, innovation and overall measurable benefits.

Organizations around the world highly value Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards – so much so that we received a record number of applications in the middle of a global pandemic,” said Rachel Cooke, Brandon Hall Group COO, and leader of the HCM Excellence Awards Program. “The awards provide valuable recognition and validation of best practices in all areas of HCM* at a time when they have never been more important to both employers and employees.

It’s been a tough year for all adapting to the changes brought by Covid-19, and SiyonaTech feel proud to have achieved this recognition for themselves and their clients  – a sign of the team’s hard work and perseverance.


About Brandon Hall Group
Brandon Hall Group is an HCM research and advisory services firm that provides insights around key performance areas, including Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition and HR/Workforce Management.

With more than 10,000 clients globally and 25 years of delivering world-class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is focused on developing research that drives performance in emerging and large organizations, and provides strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results.


*Human Capital Management

Join us at Learning Technologies Exhibition for a great seminar titled: “Virtual Reality versus the Flight or Freeze response”

When: 13th February 2019 – 3.30pm

Where: Theatre 9 – Learning Technologies at the Excel London

Who: Colin Metcalfe, Performance Design, SiyonaTech

A famous national football manager once commented: “You can never recreate on the training ground the circumstances of the penalty shootout.” Was he right and does that rule apply for other environments where non-specialised personnel might be called upon to step up and perform a critical function during an uncommon and stressful event?

Sometimes these individuals confront the challenge chance has chosen to impart upon them, but sometimes they don’t.

This session considers:

  • What makes an individual: Fight, Flight or Freeze?
  • Why have these options developed for our species, and are they always as good or as bad as they first seem?
  • What personalities are prone to choosing what responses?
  • Can conditioning / training do anything to manage responses and steer employees towards a specific behaviour?

In particular can Virtual Reality (VR), with its ability to create stressful environments overcome the psychological reaction of individuals when confronted with obstacles they have never encountered before, and will probably never encounter again for the rest of their working life?

About Colin

Colin is originally an aircraft engineer who went on to teach at military academies, FE Colleges, and Comprehensive schools. In 1995 he graduated from Oxford Brookes College with a BA in Professional Studies in Education.

In 2000 he left the classroom to move into Learning Design and eLearning. He worked for several new media companies until 2009 when he set up his own Learning Design company.

At SiyonaTech he works in Performance Design and is spearheading their Virtual Reality trial for Aircraft Fire-Fighting programmes.


Whilst you’re at Learning Technologies, drop by our stand and say ‘hi’ to find out more about our solutions and try out some of our immersive training experiences for yourself! You’ll find us on stand N25, we look forward to seeing you there!


Join us at Learning Technologies Exhibition for a great seminar titled: “Harnessing the power of emerging technologies to bridge the ‘Learning – Doing’ Gap – AR, VR and more!

When: 14th February 2019 – 12.30pm

Where: Theatre 10 – Learning Technologies at the Excel London

Who: Sambit Mohapatra, Founder & Director, SiyonaTech

Bridging the ‘Learning-Doing’ gap has always been a challenge for organisations – often there is a time gap between training initiatives and the application, or a disconnect between the training environment and the real world. Traditional methods to overcome this gap have been through printed job-aids or manuals. With technology/devices becoming ubiquitous and less expensive, it’s become much easier to design performance support and refresher learning at the point-of-performance.

In this session SiyonaTech will showcase a few award-winning examples of effective point-of-performance solutions:

  • Augmented Reality (AR) based support on the operation, repair maintenance of Dell laptops
  • Augmented Reality (AR) based SmartGlasses support for Food Safety inspections
  • SmartPhone based intelligent support for Air Traffic Operators Cabin Fire refresher in Virtual Reality (VR)
  • ChatBots for Diabetes awareness.

About Sambit

Sambit is a technology-based learning pioneer, with experience from the early days of floppy-delivered CBTs to the current era of immersive technologies including Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), wearables and SmartGlasses.

His previous leadership roles include UK & European Head for Tata Interactive Systems and NIIT Element K, where he successfully supported a wide range of global organizations to implement learning technology.

Sambit’s passion is in enabling high performance through the creative use of technology and design.

With a multi-dimensional approach to solving business challenges, Sambit has always focussed on how to bridge and minimise the learning-doing gap effectively. His company SiyonaTech combines this passion with the organisational values of ‘happiness and grace’ to deliver award-winning, cutting-edge solutions with a great customer experience.


Whilst you’re at Learning Technologies, drop by our stand and say ‘hi’ to find out more about our solutions and try out some of our immersive training experiences for yourself! You’ll find us on stand N25, we look forward to seeing you there!


Siyona Tech are sponsoring this year’s OEB Global, which incorporates Learning Technologies Germany and will take place at the intercontinental in Berlin from the 5th to 7th December.

OEB is a Global, cross sector conference and exhibition which brings you to the forefront of leading technology supported learning and training. It has a unique cross sector focus fostering exchange between corporate, education and public service sectors.

SiyonaTech will be showcasing a range of award winning learning and communication solutions at the stand from our portfolio:

  • Digital Learning and Communication (micro-learning, gamification)
  • Immersive Training and Communication (Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR))
  • Performance support (including via smart Glasses).

If you are reading this and are planning to visit the OEB, drop in at our stand Pavillon L42 to get hands on experience on repairing a laptop using an AR application, dousing a cabin fire within a plane using a VR application or sample our gamification based e-learning.

Collaborative Working app now launched on the app store!

Created by NATS, endorsed by ICW and developed by SiyonaTech, this App is a powerful tool designed to be used by a broad range of users, from beginners to more experienced practitioners.

For beginners, there are features to introduce them to the purpose of collaboration and help raise their awareness through access to information and learning material. Then there are concepts that build on this, such as describing leading collaborative behaviours, references to successful projects that have embraced collaboration, as well as the availability of International standards; all of which will be of interest to individuals who want to embark on collaborative ventures or more experienced practitioners.

This app has been created for NATS, the UK’s leading air traffic services provider, primarily as a learning tool for the many partners it works closely with to deliver and maintain the UK’s air traffic management services. However, it is also hoped to deliver value to other organisations with complex business challenges where collaborative behaviours and relationships are crucial to success.

NATS is a member of the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW) and won the ICW’s prestigious ‘Collaborative Pathfinder’ Award in 2017, which recognises an organisation that has shown both leadership and innovation in promoting and harnessing collaborative working approaches within its sector.

The app and the contents within it have been endorsed by the ICW. Some materials within the app have also been created by the ICW. The ICW is a joint initiative between the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Confederation of British Industry to promote the development of effective business relationships through collaboration.





Take a look at the video below to learn more about how working collaboratively and with technology is shaping the future:

A post by Laura Hanmer, Delivery Manager at SiyonaTech.