NI tech talent to the fore as Digital DNA Awards 2019 shortlist revealed

  • There has been a record-breaking number of applicants to the 2019 Digital DNA Awards, which has been narrowed down to a high-calibre shortlist that features the best technology business and people in NI. Finalists range from Allstate, Dawson Andrews, Kainos, Novosco, See Sense and Whitespace.

    "The judges were impressed by another stellar list of entries, so once again it is going to be another tightly fought competition. This competition has gone from strength to strength and promises to reinvigorate the technology sector in Northern Ireland and let the world see the brilliant individuals and businesses we have here”, commented Simon Bailie, CEO of Digital DNA.

    The judges of the awards include some of the most well-known local names in technology: Tony McManus, Chief Information Officer, Enterprise Data; Lisa Bailie, EcoSystem Manager at Barclays Eagle Labs; Victoria Shanks, Executive Director and Global Head of Kx Services at First Derivatives; Paula Kennedy, Vice President of Concentrix; Jeremy Biggerstaff, Managing Director of Flint Studios; Dave Vincent, Chief Digital Officer at Tourism NI; Andi Jarvis, Creative Director at Eximo Marketing; and Lisa Donaldson, Co-founder of Tech Education Network.

    The full list of categories is impressive: Business Personality of the Year, Developer of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Young Person of the Year, App of the Year, Best Digital Marketing Campaign, Digital Project of the Year, e-Commerce Project of the Year, Best Tech for Good Innovation, Deal of the Year, Best Large Tech Company, Best Small Tech Company and Start-up of the Year.

    The Digital DNA Awards ceremony will take place on 28th March 2019 in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast. Shortlisted companies and individuals will receive complementary passes to Digital DNA 2019, taking place 18th and 19th June 2019. The event is getting closer and closer: Further information is available at

    The shortlist

    App of the Year

    TakeTen Ltd - Relaxit

    Origin Digital - Smart Care Doc – Reducing the cost of healthcare

    Scaffold Digital – Ireland a Directory

    Secure Broadcast - Universal App

    STATSports - Apex Athlete Series

    Sugar Rush Creative - Whistle App


    Deal of the Year

    Dawson Andrews - GSMA Case for Change

    Decision Time - HM Land Registry

    DHD - Halfstack

    Fathom - UX Design Institute

    Neueda - DAERA

    Whitespace - Australian Challenger Bank


    Developer of the Year

    Dermott Barron - STATSports

    Gregg Craig - Allstate NI

    John Kyle - PA Consulting

    Luke Donnelly - axial3D

    Nuala Carland - Origin Digital

    Ritu Bhatt – iEngageIT

    eCommerce Project of the Year

    Northside -

    Eyekiller -

    Groundswell -

    Media Nerds -

    Zesty -


    Entrepreneur of the Year

    Daniel McGlade - Oroson

    David Henderson - David Henderson Design

    Jack Williams - Selazar Limited

    Jason McKeown - Neurovalens

    Jessica Dornan - Afterbook

    Lucy McMullan - Only Just Media


    Large Tech Company of the Year

    Allstate NI

    Kainos Group PLC


    Options Technology

    Rakuten Blockchain Lab



    Best Digital Marketing Campaign

    Kainos - Kainos Academy

    Groundswell - Modius Headset

    My Car Needs A - UK Brand Awareness Campaign

    Power NI - Power NI Perks

    Tomorrow Lab - Electric Ireland

    Waterfront - Digital First Campaign


    Business Personality of the Year

    Adrienne Hanna - Right Revenue

    David Henderson - David Henderson Design

    Gareth Burns – Selazar Limited

    Joe Boyle - Salt DNA

    Paddy O'Hagan - Neueda

    Tara Simpson - Instil Software


    Digital Project of the Year

    Danske - Data Intelligence

    Education Authority – EA Transport

    Liberty - Workgrid Assistant

    Neueda - DAERA

    TYSS – Genius Platform

    Whitespace – Colinked Platform


    Small Tech Company of the Year








    Startup of the Year


    Deep Labs






    Tech for Good Innovation

    Allstate - Cyber Security for Kids Programme 

    Angel Eyes NI - Helping families with visually impaired kids

    Dawson Andrew - Big Data for Social Change

    Mencap - The World Around Us

    U-Hub - Suicide Prevention App

    Young Enterprise NI - Company Tech Programme


    Young Person of the Year

    Aisling McGibbon - PwC

    Andy McComb - Irish FA

    Becca Hume - TapSOS

    Daniel Crawford - axial3D       

    Jordan McDonald – Kainos Group Plc

    Sophie McDonald - Options IT

    Source: Digital DNA Press Release

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