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Digital City Awards return for 2021 to recognise brilliance in the global industry


As part of the truly digital return of 2021’s Digital City Festival, we’re pleased to be able to announce the return of the Digital City Awards, set to take place in a hybrid format to recognise talent worldwide.

Submissions are now open to enter the Digital City Awards, which take place on April 15th and will be broadcast digitally to the Digital City Network – alongside the rest of DCF’s events – as well as hosted at a limited-capacity ceremony, strictly in line with the regulations in place at the time.

This year, the Headline Sponsor of the Digital City Awards is Enjoy Digital. The Leeds-based digital marketing agency specialises in building online experiences for brands, focusing on the importance of data and insights – and is one of the country’s fastest-growing independent digital agencies.

John Ward, Sales and Marketing Director at Enjoy Digital said: “Enjoy Digital are delighted to announce their partnership with Prolific North as headline sponsors of the highly coveted Digital City Awards 2021, part of Digital City Festival.

“Celebrating the digital accolades of businesses, we feel lucky to support the industry in its formidable growth across the North of England.

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“It is an absolute honour to be partnering with Prolific North, known as the most respected digital media source in the North of England. We are thrilled to support the growth of our digital community and as a Leeds agency, we know that the industry is only set to climb from strength to strength in the coming years.”

Organisations and individuals helping build an exciting new digital future through innovation will be recognised at the Digital City Awards, a central part of the high-profile Digital City Festival, which returns in April 2021.

Festival Director Martyn Collins said: “The Digital City Awards are a real highlight of Digital City Festival. The digital economy is growing exponentially and brings improvements to every facet of our personal and business lives. 

“The time is right to reward those individuals, teams, projects and companies that are operating at the pinnacle of the digital sector, contributing to making the world a better place for all of us.”

Digital City Awards at Albert Hall

DCF will take place across two weeks next year, in a digital format which will see the launch of the Digital City Network. The network will be a place for professionals of all levels from the worlds of technology, eCommerce, creative, marketing, and media to unite. 

It’s set to feature live-streamed keynotes, on-demand masterclasses, live Q&As, roundtables, seminars and more. Centrally, there’ll be the option to virtually engage exhibiting businesses on the network – an opportunity which will stay open long beyond April 2021, so visitors can connect and learn more about the leading digital, creative and media organisations taking part.

With a range of in-house and partner events taking place over the course of every day of the festival between April 12th and the 23rd, one of its highlights will be the Digital City Awards, which builds on the enormous success of last year.

Three category classifications are open – awards for Innovations, Projects & Platforms, awards for Teams & Businesses, and Individual awards. Categories include Best Startup, the Tech for Good Award and Innovation of the Year. See the full list here.

The awards will be judged by a hand-picked panel of digital industry leaders, including a selection of our influential Advisory Board. They’ll whittle down the entries to create a final shortlist through an independent two-stage process, before selecting the final winners of each prestigious prize.

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