30th March 2023 | ICC Belfast

Winners Announced


"...the only Awards worth winning if you work in the tech sector..."


16 Categories


ICC Belfast


30th March 2023

Celebrating the Success of the NI Tech & Digital Community

Established in 2016 the Digital DNA Awards celebrate the success of Individuals, Projects and Companies from right across the highly competitive NI Tech and Digital Sector.


With 16 categories up for grabs, the Digital DNA Awards are now widely regarded as “the only awards that matter” by the NI Tech and Digital Community and showcase the very best of the NI tech and digital sector.

2022 Highlights

2023 Categories

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Young Person

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.


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. Judges will not only be looking for technical ability but for someone who works well within a team.


This award is in recognition of an outstanding individual from Northern Ireland who has made a significant contribution here or beyond through establishing a market leading business.

Tech Ambassador

Learning & Development is a major element of many tech enabled companies. Our Tech Ambassador award recognises an individual who is passionate about promoting the importance of STEM, not just within their own business but to the wider community. This could be via outreach to schools or other organisations.

Business Personality

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.

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Digital Innovation

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.

eCommerce Project

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.

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.

Mobile App

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.

Sustainability Project

The Sustainability Project of the Year recognises an amazing company or project that is making a positive impact on reducing climate change and who are contributing to the UN’s Sustainability goals. This project could be a digital innovation or a ground-breaking and technologically advanced hardware innovation being developed here in Northern Ireland.

Tech for Good Project

The Best Tech for Good Innovation will be from a company or organisation from Northern Ireland 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 or further afield.

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This award will recognise NI HQ'd Tech startups under 3 years old and have raised no more than £1m in funding or no more than £500k in ARR. The winner will have bold ambitions with evidence that their business is scalable and they have gained some market traction.


This company will have instilled an excellent workplace culture where employees are at the core of everything they do. The judges will be looking for evidence of how employee satisfaction is measured as well as what makes the workplace unique. This could be office perks, employee benefits, office environment, wellness programmes or team incentives.


This new award is for ambitious NI HQ'd tech companies who are experiencing rapid growth. Companies should have raised more than £1m or be achieving more than £500k in ARR and growing. The winner will have bold ambitions with evidence that their business is scalable and they have gained some market traction.

Small Tech Company

Recognising an outstanding small, indigenous company with less than 50 people employed. The judges 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.

Large Tech

This company will employ over 50 people and may have additional locations globally. The judges 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.

How to Enter

Our online system makes it easy to submit your entry or nominate worthy winners


Entry deadline is 5.00pm on 27th January 2023

Sign Up

Simply register for our online system and enter your details.

Select Category

Select your category from the drop down and answer the questions as prompted. You can save a draft at any time to complete at a future date.


When you have completed all questions, simply submit for our judges to review.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, the Digital DNA Awards are completely free to enter.

Yes, the awards are open to anyone to enter. Individuals can either complete the entry themselves or can nominate someone else.

Our Awards will officially open for entries on Monday 28th November and will close on Friday 27th January 2023.

Our first round of Judging will take place w/c 30th January with our Shortlist be announced from Wednesday 1st February

The winners will be announced at our celebration event on Thursday 30th March 2023.



No! Winners will be informed at the Awards dinner on 30th March 2023. The excited reactions of people hearing they have won is priceless. Check out our previous winners in our highlights video above.

ABSOLUTELY! The Digital DNA Awards are the biggest Awards Dinner and Party in Northern Ireland so it’s one that a lot of people want to be at. It’s a great way to catch up with peers and also a great night out for you and your team. You can buy tables or individual seats at the link above.

No problem.

You can email us at [email protected] and we will get back to you as quickly as we can.

Absolutely! Our Individual, Project and Company awards provide lots of opportunities to get involved with the Digital DNA Awards.

Our judges come from all over the UK & Ireland and are experts from right across many sectors and disciplines within the tech and digital sector. All our judges review and score our entries individually. This prevents group bias from influencing the scoring and ensures the judging process remains completely independent.

Shortlisted nominations and entries will be notified from 1st February.

If you are shortlisted for one of our individual categories, you will be invited to a photo day where we will take professional profile pictures for our online content.

We ask all our judges to provide feedback on submissions and if required we can provide feedback. 

We do have limited sponsorship opportunities for the Digital DNA Awards. If you wish to enquire about sponsorship opportunities, please email sales@digital dna.tech

Yes. Simply send us what you would like to book, the details for the invoice and we will issue an invoice for payment. Send details to sales@digital dna.tech

Attend the Digital DNA Awards '23

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The biggest night of the year for the NI tech community is not to be missed. Make sure you book your place to avoid disappointment and guarantee your place.

Individual Seat

Minimum 2 Seats
£ 150 +vat
  • Drinks Reception
  • Seated at one of our Networking Tables
  • Access to Awards Ceremony
  • Network with the best from NI Tech Community
  • 4-Course Meal & Wine
  • After Party Invite
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Standard Table

10 Guests
£ 1400 +vat
  • Drinks Reception
  • Dedicated table for 10 guests
  • Access to Awards Ceremony
  • Networking with the best from the NI Tech Community
  • 4-Course Meal & Wine
  • After Party Invite
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Our Sponsors

The Digital DNA Awards are possible thanks to our incredible sponsors

Meet Our Judges

John Ferris

NI Dealmaker | Dept of Intl. Trade

Carol Fitzsimons

CEO | Young Enterprise NI

Kieran McCorry

National Technology Officer | Microsoft

Oonagh O'Reilly

Sales & Marketing Director | ICC Belfast

Paula Kennedy

VP | Intouch247

Ian Browne


Alastair Cameron

MD | Startacus

Prof. Jonathan Wallace

Professor of Innovation | Ulster University

Jeremy Biggerstaff

MD | Flint Studios

Dave Feenan

Network Manager | Skillnet

Hilary Moran

Chief Executive | The Fintech Corridor

Trevor Skinner

Digital Director | GSMA

Gary Davidson

Investment Lead | Tech Nation

Lisa Bailie

Lab Manager | Barclays Eagle Labs

Mark Scully

Head of Digital & Innovation | 256

Mary McKenna

Investor | Founder | Awaken Hub

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