NI tech companies vie for top honours at Digital DNA Awards 2018

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  • St. Anne’s Cathedral will this evening host 400 people from across Northern Ireland’s technology and business communities for the Digital DNA Awards 2018.

    Now in its third year, being held in partnership with MCS Group, this year’s awards received a record number of entries. The awards recognise the companies and individuals which are excelling in the world of technology and will unveil innovation and talent from companies large and small, as well as some outstanding individuals.

    Digital DNA’s Commercial Director Simon Bailie said the standard of the entry and subsequent shortlist has been very impressive: “We had more entries than ever before, and the quality was so high that the judges had a tough time choosing the shortlist. The shortlist reflects a rich and varied technology sector which could compete with anywhere in the world.”

    Ellvena Graham, one of the judges, said: “The quality of entrants was so high. It was particularly exciting to see smaller companies coming through who have begun to scale up and become big players, adding a breadth of high value jobs to the Northern Ireland economy.”

    Mr Bailie continued: “We’re extremely excited to be bringing this prestigious event once again to St. Anne’s Cathedral. Attendees will be mesmerised by what we have in store.”

    The nominees for each category are:

    App of the Year

    • Big Motive / BBC Pandemic
    • Danske Bank / Danske Life
    • Golf Now / BRS Golf Member Booking
    • Origin Digital / Kingspan
    • Trov / Deliberate PR
    • GCD Technologies / Unislim

    Developer of the Year

    •             Colin Young / Dawson Andrews

    •             Dominic Hourican / Allstate Northern Ireland

    •             Keith Greer / Web Bureau

    •             Mark O’Neill / Cayan

    •             Stephen Philips / Hurree 

    •             Steven Knox / Wholeschool Software Limited

    Best Digital Marketing Campaign

    •             Babocush / Digital 24

    •             Danske Bank / Making more possible

    •             Lighthouse / George Best Belfast City Airport

    •             Origin Digital / Firmus

    •             Spar NI / 12 Days of Christmas

    •             Velocity Worldwide / Sport Changes Life


    Digital Project of the Year

    •             Allstate Northern Ireland / Uber Technologies

    •             Cayan/ Genius Smart P2PE

    •             Danske Bank / Making more possible

    •             Dawson Andrews / The Dumbest Chatbot

    •             Eyekiller / Kitchen Stori


    e-Commerce Project of the Year

    •             Dawson Andrews / Toys R Us

    •             Eyekiller / Wave and Wake

    •             I3 Digital / JP Corry

    •             Kukoon Rugs

    •             ProtectBox

    •             Total Hockey


    Start-up of the Year:

    •             Afterbook

    •             Hurree

    •             Modius

    •             Pitchbooking

    •             Protectbox

    •             Trov


    Best Small Tech Company

    •             Allsop

    •             Analytics Engines

    •             IRP Commerce

    •             Rakuten Blockchain Lab

    •             Salt DNA

    •             Zymplify


    Young Person of the Year

    •             Aaron Gibson / Hurree

    •             Adam Flanagan / Future Summits

    •             John Bailie / SaltDNA

    •             Kelly Moore / Kainos

    •             Neil Kennedy / Big Pixel Creative

    •             Ruth Derby / Tomorrow Lab


    Entrepreneur of the year

    •             David Henderson / David Henderson Design

    •             Gareth McAllister / Nimbus CS

    •             Jason McKeown / Modius

    •             Mark Dowds / Trov

    •             Naomh McElhatton / SMARTNI and DANI AWARDS

    •             Nuala Murphy / Moment Health / LeanIn


    Best Large Tech Company

    •             Cayan

    •             Kainos

    •             Neueda

    •             Novosco

    •             SQS NI

    •             STATSports Group


    Business Personality of the Year

    •             David Henderson / David Henderson Design

    •             Inga Norvilyte / Love Belfast

    •             Mark Dowds / Trov

    •             Naomh McElhatton / SMARTNI and DANI AWARDS

    •             Patrick McAliskey / Novosco

    •             Paula Kennedy Garcia / Convergys


    Company of the Year

    •             Allstate Northern Ireland

    •             Cayan

    •             Danske Bank

    •             Kainos

    •             Neueda

    •             Novosco

    •             SQS NI

    Updates from the awards will be available throughout the evening through Digital DNA’s Twitter feed, @DigitalDNAHQ. Join the conversation using #DigitalDNA.

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