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21st March 2024 | ICC Belfast

Winners Announced

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

Awards

16 Categories

Where

ICC Belfast

When

21st March 2024

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.

2023 Highlights

2024 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.

Developer

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.

Founder

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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Startup

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.

Workplace

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.

Scaleup

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

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Entry deadline is 5.00pm on 2nd February 2024

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.

Submit

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 Thursday 14th December 2023 and will close on Friday 2nd February 2024.

Our first round of Judging will take place early February with our Shortlist be announced from Monday 12th February

The winners will be announced at our celebration event on Thursday 21st March 2024.

No! Winners will be informed at the Awards dinner on 21st March 2024. 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 12th 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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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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

MD | NDRC

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

Book your place NOW

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.

Bronze

(min 2 tickets)
£ 185 +vat
  • Networking Pre Drinks Receptionn
  • Seated at one of Tier 3 Networking Tables
  • Access to Awards Ceremony
  • Network with the best from NI Tech Community
  • 3-Course Meal & Wine
  • After Award entertainment

Silver

(min 2 tickets)
£ 205 +vat
  • Networking Pre Drinks Reception
  • Seated at one of our Tier 2 Networking Tables
  • Access to Awards Ceremony
  • Network with the best from NI Tech Community
  • 3-Course Meal & Wine
  • After Award entertainment

Gold

(min 2 tickets)
£ 225 +vat
  • Access to the Private VIP Pre Drinks Reception with Pre award entertainment
  • Seated first at one of our Premium Networking Tables (stage view)
  • Access to Awards Ceremony
  • Network with the best from NI Tech Community
  • 3-Course Meal & Wine
  • After Award entertainment

Tables

Bronze

1 table (10)
£ 1850 +vat
  • (10% discount for group booking ) £1665

Silver

1 table (10)
£ 2050 +vat
  • (10% discount for group booking ) £1845

Gold

1 table (10)
£ 2250 +vat
  • (10% discount for group booking ) £2025

Judges coming soon

Would you like to sponsor the Awards?

Sponsoring the Digital DNA Awards is a fantastic way to get your brand in front of the biggest gathering of tech and digital professionals in Northern Ireland.

 

Please contact Chloe Ferris on [email protected] 

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Rory King

Owner of Rory’s Travel Club and “Irelands Travel Influencer of the Year” 2023 & 2024

Rory King is a distinguished travel influencer and the visionary founder behind Rory’s Travel Club. Celebrated as the Travel Influencer of the Year for both 2023 and 2024 in Ireland, Rory has transformed the way people experience travel, both locally and internationally.

 

Rory’s Travel Club, under his dynamic leadership, has grown into an exclusive community with over 100,000 members. The club offers unparalleled access to exclusive discounts on holidays in Ireland and abroad, making dream vacations more accessible and affordable for its members.

 

With a passion for uncovering hidden gems and sharing authentic travel experiences, Rory has become a trusted name in the travel industry. His innovative approach and dedication to providing value have set new standards for travel subscriptions, earning him widespread recognition and acclaim.

Paul Kennedy

Director at Life like Media Marketing

Paul is the founder and director of Belfast-based creative marketing agency Life Like Media, who work with some of the biggest brands and athletes in the DTC space delivering performance-focused ad creatives for scaling on paid social. 

 

With a decade of marketing experience and having spent most of his early career in the video content space, Paul set up Life Like Media 4.5 years ago with his brother to service the increasing need for social media ad creatives for scaling DTC brands. 

 

Some notable company highlights include running the paid marketing and creative for Floyd Mayweather, vlogging content with Tommy Fury in Dubai, 1.5 years working with Tyson Fury  helping launch his Furocity brand, including covering content at the recent Undisputed fight in Suadi Arabia, as well as building worldwide campaigns for a number of 7 and 8 figure DTC brands including Lumi Therapy, Built For Athletes, The Essence Vault, Lamborghini Wines, and many more!

 

Paul’s insight and experience have allowed LLM to carve out a unique position in the digital marketing industry, blending real data at scale with creative skill to become one of the top DTC Creative Agencies in the UK and Ireland.

Geoff McGimpsey

Owner & Managing Partner of Foundry Marketing Partners

Geoff McGimpsey is a seasoned tech PR and marketing leader with a track record in strategic marketing, business development, and brand storytelling. With over 20 years’ experience, Geoff’s unique blend of skills spans journalism, corporate communications, public affairs, and marketing consultancy. At Foundry Marketing Partners, Geoff creates and delivers comprehensive marketing strategies for technology-enabled companies and professional services firms. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a mentor at Catalyst, Geoff is passionate about helping technology founders and scale-ups to thrive and to successfully deliver new products and services to market.

Alan Wallace

Inspiring Belfast

Alan is a dynamic digital producer and creator, as well as the founder of Inspiring Belfast, which has generated over 100 million video views across social media platforms.

 

Recently recognized as one of the top 100 creators in the UK by the BBC, Alan is also an official ambassador for TikTok UK.

 

Alan has garnered global media attention through his brand activations. His recent red carpet video generated 60 million views, underscoring his authority in the digital space.

 

Dedicated to building strong client relationships and creating widely resonating content, Alan has collaborated with renowned brands such as Tourism NI, Stena Line, and SPAR NI, bringing creativity and excellence to each project.

Shirley Palmer

Chief Visionary Officer

Palmer, a multi-award-winning CEO and Founder, is globally recognised as a visionary and strategist with a remarkable record in the international business arena. Originally from Northern Ireland, Shirley started her career in the dynamic private equity sector of London, distinguishing herself early on as a leader adept at identifying and leveraging transformative opportunities. Her extensive experience stretches from the financial centres of London to the innovation-driven environments of California, impacting key markets in America, Canada, the UK, Europe, and the Middle East.

 

At the helm of ShirleyPalmer.com and TheSimpleSeries.com, Shirley advocates for a leadership style that harmoniously integrates solid business strategy with a profound commitment to wellbeing and conscious leadership. This approach not only drives significant business growth but also cultivates environments where creativity, intuition, and emotional intelligence thrive. Shirley’s dedication to incorporating wellbeing into corporate strategy ensures that her leadership not only achieves conventional success but also promotes positive human impact and sustainable development.

Mark Sproule

Head of Mortgage Strategy and Transformation, Danske Bank

Mark brings 27 years of experience in the Banking & Finance industry, having held several senior positions at Danske Bank, including Head of Small Business Banking and Head of Mortgages. In recent years, he has been based in Copenhagen with Danske Group, focusing on digitally automating the business lending journey. Currently, Mark collaborates with stakeholders and the local Danske digital development team to transform and digitize Danske’s mortgage processes for both direct customers and brokers.

Charlie Taylor

Technology and Innovation Editor, Business Post

Charlie Taylor is technology and innovation editor at the Business Post, where his duties also include editing Connected, a tech-focused monthly magazine. Prior to joining the Business Post, he spent 15 years working for the Irish Times in a number of roles.

Keith A. Lippert

Partner at Mangosteen Consulting Ltd.

Keith Lippert has 30 years of experience in financial services and most recently held the position of Vice President and Deputy Chief Information Security Officer at The Allstate Corporation, as Allstate’s inaugural security officer located outside of the United States.

 

Keith has expertise in financial crime prevention, anti-terrorism, sanctions, money laundering, and fraud prevention. Before joining Allstate, he served as the Legal Chief Operating Officer for Barclays Bank in London and as the Vice President of International Fraud Prevention for American Express. Keith has also held the position of Chairman at banks in Russia, India, Mexico, and Canada and served as an officer of two national banks in the United States.

Paul Crumpton

Partner Relationship Manager, IASME Consortium

Paul has 35 years’ experience working in the Public Sector. His roles included the promotion of innovative UK security solutions to a domestic and business audience.

 

Paul is a strong advocate of a joined-up approach to cyber security, that includes people, processes and technology all working together. He joined IASME in January 2021 as the Partner Relationship Manager.

Brian Roche

Co-Founder and Co-CEO at Smart Sustainability ltd.

Brian is passionate about technology and innovation and has over 25 years’ experience working in technology and transformation in sectors such as; financial services, big pharma, manufacturing, aviation, green tech, and public sector. Brian has had senior leadership roles in organisations such as Hitachi, EMC, Wrightbus, and Belfast City Airport. Most of all, Brian believes that he can have a positive planetary impact though technology whilst maximising the social benefits that technology can enable. Brian is currently Co-founder and Co-CEO of Smart Sustainability ltd, assisting clients in delivering against their sustainability commitments.

Mike Jones

Digital Manager ITV

Mike joined ITV in 2018, initially developing campaigns across both linear TV and partnerships later specialising in ITV’s rapidly developing Video on Demand (VOD) proposition, ITVX. More recently he has been building relationships with a network of Digital Agencies across the UK alongside driving the development and roll out of key ITVX innovations including Matchmaker, ITV’s retail Media solution which launched at the end of 2022, in partnership with Boots and Tesco.

 

Prior to this Mike worked client side in the Optics and Energy sectors across a variety of roles including Product Development, Brand Management & Trade Marketing

Gareth Quinn

GM of EMEA for Teamworks and Co-Founder at Kairos

Gareth is a Northern Ireland-based entrepreneur who has successfully built and exited several businesses during the past decade. This followed an interesting career in the public sector, which saw him fulfil a series of roles – including the organising of elections in Northern Ireland and running the Lord Mayor’s Office in City Hall, Belfast.

 

In 2018, Gareth co-founded Kairos, which was recently acquired by Teamworks – a global sports technology company headquartered in the US providing a number of technology products that help elite sports teams operate more effectively. As the newly appointed General Manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa for Teamworks, Gareth’s role is to help drive continued growth and success in these markets.

Heather O’Reilly

Microsoft Power Platform expert consultant at Ergo

A seasoned professional in the Irish tech industry, Heather’s technological expertise lies in digitally transforming marketing, sales and service excellence with CRM solutions. Adept at artificial intelligence, Heather works with clients to transform traditional marketing and sales strategies with the power of innovative AI solutions, aimed at optimising customer engagement and maximizing business success. Outside of work, Heather is passionate about maximizing the power of Gen AI towards fostering greater diversity and inclusion.

Patrick Boyd

Principal Software Engineer at Gearset

Patrick has been a software engineer for about nineteen years, with nearly half of that time working as a team lead. Most of the first part of his career was spent in the fintech sector, working first in risk management and then the retirement income sector. He is now a team lead in Gearset’s Belfast office, working on their Salesforce DevOps solution using React, TypeScript and .NET core.