28 MARCH 2019 | ST ANNE’S CATHEDRAL | BELFAST
The Digital DNA awards celebrated our diverse range of talent in Northern Ireland across the Digital scene, from E–commerce to Fintech, Media and Digital & Creative.
Right here in Belfast we have local companies winning highly innovative international projects and the DNA awards amplify our strong message that Northern Ireland is building a world class, highly skilled and Agile Talent pool.
The 2018 Digital DNA awards drew a record number of entries and the standard was stronger than ever, the judges had a difficult time choosing the winners because the quality was so high. That is reflected in the list of finalists, one which shows the tech industry in Northern Ireland has never been in such good health.
Many of these companies and individuals are operating on a global basis and there is little doubt they are world class.
These awards are celebrating the best in Northern Ireland but each and every one of them could compete with the best in the world.
Entries for the Digital DNA Awards 2019 are now closed
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TECH FOR GOOD INNOVATION
The winner of the Best Tech for Good Innovation will be a company or organisation that has developed a socially responsible and innovative technological response in the last 12 months, to an issue that is affecting wider society in Northern ireland.
The judges will be particularly interested to see how the initiative addresses particular concerns within society, demonstrating levels of engagement throughout the organisation. Examples could be initiatives engaging with minority groups, addressing mental health concerns within society, programs engaging with young people or initiatives to help wider society.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DEAL OF THE YEAR
The judges will be looking for an exceptional local company who over the past 12 months have been extremely successful in winning outstanding business for the Northern Ireland Tech sector, possibly providing jobs, expansion of business into new markets and increased revenue.
DIGITAL DNA COMPANY OF THE YEAR
COMPANY OF THE YEAR
(All award category nominees are eligible)
The Judges will pick their top 6 from the shortlisted individuals, projects and companies and are on the lookout for outstanding success in digital across any of the 13 categories. The judges 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.
The 6 shortlisted for Company of the Year will receive access to a creative suite along with their custom hashtag to promote online via twitter. The winner will be announced live on 28 March