DIGITAL DNA AWARDS

26 April 2018 | St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast

 

After 2017’s hugely successful #DigitalDNA Awards & Dinner in St Anne’s Cathedral, we’re excited to welcome over 500 individuals from the business, technology and IT industries to the centre of Belfast for a world-class celebration of success.

In 2018, ‘The Jury’ will recognise the phenomenal achievements of individuals, projects and companies in Northern Ireland who are enjoying global success. These awards will be presented by sponsors who support the talent and success of the digital industries and provide the perfect opportunity for the nominees to showcase their achievements.

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INDIVIDUAL

BUSINESS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

This award will recognise an individual who makes a positive impact on the local business community. Demonstrating strong leadership skills, creating a culture that excites, motivates and engages staff at all levels and encourages innovation and ambition.

Shortlist Nominees

David Henderson / David Henderson Design

Inga Norvilyte / Love Belfast

Mark Dowds / Trov

Naomh McElhatton / SMARTNI and DANI AWARDS

Patrick McAliskey / Novosco

Paula Kennedy Garcia / Convergys

DEVELOPER OF THE YEAR

Our Developer of the Year will be a rock star coder or engineer who has produced ingenious work with real impact over the last 12 months. The Developer of the Year can be working freelance, within a start-up or for an established business. Judges will not only be looking for technical ability but for someone who works well within a team.

Shortlist Nominees

Colin Young/ Dawson Andrews

Dominic Hourican / Allstate Northern Ireland

Keith Greer / Web Bureau

Mark O’Neill / Cayan

Stephen Phillips / Hurree

Steven Knox / Wholeschool Software Limited

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

This award is in recognition of an outstanding individual who has made a huge contribution to their sector in Northern Ireland or beyond over the last 12 months. This could be through establishing a market leading business or could also include having an impact as an investor and mentor to some of the sector’s fastest growing firms.

Shortlist Nominees

David Henderson /  David Henderson Design

Gareth McAllister / Nimbus CS

Jason McKeown / Neurovalens

Mark Dowds /  Trov

Naomh McElhatton / SMARTNI and DANI AWARDS

Nuala Murphy / Moment Health / LeanIn

YOUNG PERSON OF THE YEAR

Recognising an individual under the age of 30, who is really disrupting the market through their radical innovation, energy and endless creativity. The judging panel will look to award the best & brightest young people. This young person will have not only recognized but also seized a gap in the market, using their intelligence, bravery and relationships to turn that idea into something real and profitable.

Shortlist Nominees

Aaron Gibson / Hurree

Adam Flanaghan / Future Summits

John Bailie / SaltDNA

Kelly Moore / Kainos

Neil Kennedy / Big Pixel Creative

Ruth Derby / Tomorrow Lab

PROJECT

APP OF THE YEAR

Recognition of an app demonstrating excellence either on the IOS or Android operating systems. The app could be either practical or a game that has produced great results for yourself or a client.

Shortlist Nominees

Big Motive – BBC Pandemic

Danske / Danske Life

Golf Now / BRS Golf Member Booking

Origin Digital / Kingspan

Trov / Trov

Unislim and GCD

BEST DIGITAL MARKETING CAMPAIGN

Recognition of a marketing team that has enjoyed considerable success with their digital marketing strategy. The judging panel will be looking for a team that has executed a multi-channel campaign, not only with excellent results but also for those that are forward thinking and set it apart from the competition. Entrants are welcome from both agencies representing clients or in-house marketing departments.

Shortlist Nominees

Babocush / Digital 24

Danske Bank / Making more possible

Lighthouse / George Best Belfast City Airport

Origin Digital / Firmus

Spar NI / 12 days of Christmas

Velocity Worldwide / Sport Changes Life

DIGITAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR

This award recognises individual departments or teams that have delivered a major digital project, either in-house or on behalf of a client. This category is open to both digital and non-digital companies, but the project must be a digital or technology-related task that has impacted on the wider business. This can be a bespoke internal system that the business now relies on, or an efficiency driven project that has seen incredible results.

 

Shortlist Nominees

Allstate / Uber Technoloies

Cayan/ Genius Smart P2PE

Danske / Making more possible

Dawson Andrews / The Dumbest Chatbot

Eyekiller / Kitchen Stori

Convergys / Convergys

E-COMMERCE PROJECT OF THE YEAR

A company or organisation that can show itself to be a true vanguard of digital commerce. This could range from an online based retail business to a sports club using online to build its core business. Firms of all sizes can be considered, from small new companies up to major organisation driving change.

Shortlist Nominees

Dawson Andrews / Toyrus

Eyekiller / Wave and Wake

I3 Digital & JP Corry

Kukooon Rugs

ProtectBox

Total Hockey

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COMPANY

BEST LARGE TECH COMPANY

This company will employ over 50 people and may have additional locations globally. The jury will be looking for the company that has shown real innovation in the last 12 months, rolling out new products or services that have had a significant element developed here in Northern Ireland. The Large Tech Company of the year will have also contributed significantly to the local economy by creating jobs within the local market.

Shortlist Nominees

Cayan

Kainos

Neueda

Novosco

SQS NI

StatSports Group

BEST SMALL TECH COMPANY

Recognising an outstanding small, indigenous company with less than 50 people employed. The jury will be looking for a company that is providing an innovative solution (within the last 12 months) that is disrupting a market or industry. This company will be passionate about what they do and may be exporting their services beyond the local market.

Shortlist Nominees

Allsop

Analytics Engines

IRP Commerce

Rakuten Blockchain Lab

Salt DNA

Zymplify

STARTUP OF THE YEAR

A company or organisation that has launched in the last 2 years and has experienced industry traction. This award will recognise start-ups operating in the digital and tech arena, from online retail to web or App development – SaaS to Artificial Intelligence. The winner will have bold ambitions with clear evidence that their business is having positive impact on overall business growth.

Shortlist Nominees

Afterbook

Hurree

Modius

Pitchbooking

Protectbox

Trov

DIGITAL DNA COMPANY OF THE YEAR

COMPANY OF THE YEAR

(All award nominees are eligible)

The Jury will pick from the shortlisted individuals, projects and companies and are on the lookout for outstanding success in digital across any of the 11 categories. The jury want to see a clear indication of success. This award is not about an individual piece of work but a consistency throughout the year and a collective entrepreneurial approach to business. It is as much about the company’s relationship with digital as it is the successful projects themselves.

Shortlist Nominees

Allstate Northern Ireland

Cayan

DANSKE

Kainos

Neueda

Novosco

SQS NI

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