DDNA Judges 2023

Top Industry Experts and Innovators confirmed for Digital DNA Awards judging panel

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND – The final stages of judging for the prestigious Digital DNA Awards are well underway, with a total of 25 judges from all around the tech and digital industry dedicating their time and expertise to select the winners of the 16 hotly contested awards.

The Digital DNA Awards celebrate the success of the tech and digital community in Northern Ireland, highlighting the innovative spirit, talent, and creativity that are driving the region’s growth and development.

The judges, who come from a diverse range of backgrounds and industries, have been tasked with evaluating the entries across the 16 categories, which include young person of the year, Founder of the Year, Tech for Good project, Sustainability project and App project of the Year. As well as 2 new categories for 2023, Tech Ambassador of the Year and Scaleup of the Year, which recognises the fastest growing tech startups from across the region.

Their extensive knowledge and experience in the tech and digital industry, coupled with their commitment to excellence, have been essential in identifying the most deserving candidates for each award.

Commenting on being a judge at the prestigious awards, Kieran Cleary, Director of Software Development at Options Technology said,

“It’s an honour to be asked to judge the Digital DNA Awards. As a Director of Software Development at Options Technology, I have had the pleasure of working with some very talented developers in my career. This year’s shortlist are all top of their game and are phenomenal team players in their respective companies. Whoever comes out on top will be very worthy winners for what has already been a very competitive process.”

Confirming the biggest ever judging lineup for the DIgital DNA Awards, Digital DNA CEO Simon Bailie said;

“We are thrilled to have such a distinguished panel of judges for this year’s Digital DNA Awards.” He went on to say that  “Their expertise and insights are invaluable in helping us to recognize and celebrate the best of the best in the Northern Ireland tech and digital community.”

The winners of the Digital DNA Awards will be announced at a special ceremony on March 30, 2023, at ICC Belfast. The event which is the largest industry specific awards ceremony in  Northern Ireland, welcomes guests from right across the NI Tech Ecosystem and further afield, to celebrate the achievements of the Northern Ireland tech and digital community.

A limited number of places for the DIgital DNA Awards are still available and can be booked by visiting

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