Shortlist announced for Digital DNA Awards 2018

Digital DNA Awards
Pictured (L-R): Sean Devlin – MCS Group, Simon Bailie, Digital DNA & Zoe Salmon, Presenter & Host of the Awards Evening

The shortlist for the Digital DNA Awards 2018 has been revealed after the competition received a record number of entries.

The awards, held in partnership with MCS Group, recognise the companies and individuals which are excelling in the world of technology and has once again unveiled a wealth of innovation and talent from companies large and small, as well as some outstanding individuals.

The winners of each category will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 26th April in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast.

Digital DNA’s Commercial Director Simon Bailie said the standard of entry has been impressive.

“We had more entries than ever before and the quality was so high the judges had a tough time choosing the short list. The shortlist reflects a rich and varied technology sector which could compete with anywhere in the world with a level of innovation which is superb.”

Ellvena Graham, one of the judges, said: “The process of narrowing down the shortlist has been an extremely enriching experience. The quality of entrants was so high we had to extend the shortlist from three to six and 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 Irish economy. We were also really pleased to see so many fantastic male and female entrepreneurs.”

Peter Craven, another of the judges, remarked on how difficult but rewarding the shortlisting process had been: “The extended shortlist is testimony to the quality of the entrants. It was particularly exciting to see such a wide range of sectors represented. It’s been fantastic to hear the great stories that are out there and we look forward to hearing more of these in years to come. The Awards are a celebration of the great talent in Northern Ireland’s tech sector and hopefully, they encourage more and more people to put themselves forward in years to come as they hear the great work their counterparts are doing in the industry.”

The shortlists in each category are:

App of the year

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

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 / Wholesale 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 / Uber Technoloies
  • Cayan/ Genius Smart P2PE
  • Danske / Making more possible
  • Dawson Andrews / The Dumbest Chatbot
  • Eyekiller / Kitchen Stori

E-Commerce Project of the Year

  • Dawson Andrews / Toyrus
  • Eyekiller / Wave and Wake
  • I3 Digital & JP Corry
  • Kukooon Rugs
  • ProtectBox
  • Total Hockey

Start-up of the Year:

  • Afterbook
  • Huree
  • Neurovalens
  • 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 / Huree
  • Adam Flanaghan / 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 / Neurovalens
  • 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

Company of the Year

  • Allstate Northern Ireland
  • Cayan
  • Kainos
  • Neueda
  • Novosco
  • SQS NI

The awards evening will be hosted by presenter and local girl Zoe Salmon and comedian Andrew Ryan.

MCS Group are the principal sponsor while major sponsors include PwC, Flint Studios, esri Ireland and Barclay’s Eagle Labs.

The judging panel was made up of independent judges organised by CMC Consulting.


  • I am very honoured to be nominated this year – for  Digital DNA Business Personality of the Year.  

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