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Digital City Awards 2021: The Winners


Figures from all across the digital world tuned in yesterday evening to hear the winners of this year’s Digital City Awards, broadcast live from MediaCityUK.

The event was streamed on the Digital City Network as well as on social media, and featured top-quality pre- and after-parties, both of which were hosted by Dept. The pre-party saw acoustic act The Showhawk Duo perform, while the after-party involved a full set from Graeme Park, DJ and pioneer of the club scene.

The awards ceremony was hosted live from the studio by Gavin Ramjaun, who ran through all the winners of the high-profile awards in what was an unmissable event for attendees of Digital City Festival, which runs until April 23rd on the network. Watch the full ceremony back right here.

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    The winners were picked from some competitive shortlists, including the two individual awards which were decided by a combination of public vote and judges’ scoring. Let’s see who won.

    Digital City Awards 2021: The Winners

    VR/AR Project of the Year: Round Midnight, Virtual_Decisions

    Sponsored by HOST Salford

    Also nominated:

    • skignz – The station of the future… Now!

    AI/Data Project of the Year: Modern English – Hyperspace AI Exploration

    Also nominated:

    • Peak – Enhancing customer experience with Decision Intelligence

    Digital Marketing Campaign of the Year: Republic of Media, The Scottish Government & Parent Club – Here For You

    Sponsored by MiQ

    Also nominated:

    • Clicky Media & Raleigh – Powering electric results
    • Florianni & Poke Marketing – #2021istheone
    • Katie Lingo – #Write52
    • Modo25 – Challenging supermarkets and delivering success
    • Mosquito & Horlicks – Moments to Share
    • Mosquito & Nizoral
    • TGG & Reverse Life

    System Integrators Award: Oddsphere – Shipster

    Also nominated: 

    • SocietyWorks & Central Bedfordshire Council

    Advisory Firm of the Year: AND Digital

    Also nominated:

    • ABGI UK

    Digital Transformation Award: Future Platforms & Domino’s Pizza – Domino’s Pizza Digital Strategy

    Sponsored by BJSS

    Also nominated:

    • CDS & Social Work England – Social Work England’s website
    • Connect Internet Solutions & HM Treasury – Government Finance Function Intranet
    • Hotter Shoes – Striding into 2021
    • iomart – Transforming The National Lottery Community Fund
    • One iota & Hugo Boss
    • skignz – The station of the future… Now!

    Tech Growth Business of the Year: Sopro

    Also nominated:

    • Peak

    Best Digital Team: Clicky Media

    Also nominated:

    • TGG

    Best Start-up: Phoboz Interactive

    Sponsored by Katie Lingo

    Also nominated:

    • Brand Advance
    • Digia 
    • Jigsaw Digital
    • Modo25
    • Reverse Life

    Best Digital SME: Medichecks

    Also nominated:

    Best Large Digital Company: Dept

    Also nominated:

    Cloud Project of the Year: Perform Partners – Largest Cloud Migration in Europe

    Also nominated:

    • Infinity Works & cinch – Building a ground-breaking online platform

    Young Digital Leader of the Year: Callum Gamble, Co-founder, KreativeInc Agency

    Sponsored by MediaCityUK

    Also nominated:

    • Jon Stroud, Creative Director and Founder, Jist Studios
    • Nathan Lomax, Founder and Co-director, Quickfire Digital
    • Pablo O’Hana, Director, Apostrophe Talent
    • Tom Etherington, Operations Director, Evolved Search
    • Zachariah Johnson, Operations Manager, Geomiq
    • Zora Feraji, Co-Founder and Creative Director, Social Playground

    HealthTech Project of the Year: Health Innovation Manchester – The GM Care Record

    Best Use of Technology – eCommerce: Future Platforms & Domino’s Pizza – The Domino’s Pizza Apps

    eCommerce Website of the Year: Medichecks –

    Also nominated:

    • Astound Commerce & Card Factory –
    • Creode –
    • TGG –
    • The Shirt Society –

    Cyber Security Project of the Year: Pentest People – SecureGateway Project

    Sponsored by HOST Salford

    Also nominated:

    • AppCheck – Advancements in Vulnerability Scanner Capabilities

    Best Use of Technology – Education: Round Midnight – Virtual_Decisions

    Sponsored by iomart

    Also nominated:

    • Code Nation – Virtual Learning Environment
    • UNIwise – Digital Assessment – responding to crisis
    • Fantom Factory – Digital eLearning platform on Mars
    • Twinkl supported by Adyen

    Best Use of Technology – Not-for-profit: Foolproof & One Shot Immersive – Designing for next generation medical training in warzones

    Also nominated:

    • Attach Digital – Stick ‘n’ Step’s Jamstack Website
    • B1G1
    • Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry
    • mySociety – Climate Emergency Plans Data Explorer
    • Round Midnight Creative Arts – Virtual_Decisions
    • The High Tide Foundation – Virtual Work Experience
    • The Moscow Department of Information Technology – Charitable Fundraising Service

    Tech for Good Award: Round Midnight – Virtual_Decisions

    Sponsored by Dept

    Highly Commended: Future Platforms & FirstGroup – First Bus COVID-19 Bus Capacity Features 
    Highly Commended: United We Stream Greater Manchester

    Also nominated:

    • Good Liverpool
    • Pentest People – SecureGateway
    • Voicescape & Onward Homes – Engaging with tenants in a global pandemic

    Best Use of Technology – Professional Services: Apposing – The Caroo Content Platform

    Also nominated:

    • Dept & St James’s Place – A Scalable Solution for the UK’s Largest Wealth Management Firm
    • Opportuni AI – Tenders Made Simple

    Digital Leader of the Year: Ben Wolfenden, Founder, Wolfenden

    Also nominated:

    • Alex Frech, Executive Director, Good Liverpool
    • Amy Simmons, CEO, WeCOMPLETE
    • Andrew Hirst, President, Modern English
    • Ben Young, Director, Digital Media Team
    • Brannan Coady, CEO & CPO, Netsells & YourParkingSpace
    • Clare Gledhill, Operations Director: Digital, Insight & Content, CDS
    • Jon Smith, Chief Marketing Officer, Autocab
    • Phil Swan, Digital Director, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
    • Prasanna Singaraju, Co-Founder & Chief Digital Officer, Qentelli LLC
    • Sherin Mathew, CEO & Founder, AI Tech North & Innovation Exchange
    • Stuart Harrison, CEO, ETHOS Ltd
    • Victoria Betts, Chief Commercial Officer, Hotter Shoes

    Innovation of the Year: Pentest People – SecureGateway

    Sponsored by AND Digital

    Highly Commended: Future Platforms & First Group – First Bus COVID-19 Bus Capacity Features

    Also nominated:

    • AppCheck – Advancements in Vulnerability Scanner Capabilities
    • Apposing – Karshare App
    • Autocab – Delivery Point App
    • imagin3d – PixelMax Platform
    • Intersoft & Harrods – Migration
    • Intersoft & Waterstones – Fulfillment Innovation
    • MiQ & Subway – Helping Subway reopen after UK lockdown
    • United We Stream Greater Manchester

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