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Welcome to the WalesOnline Digital Awards 2019

The Digital Awards brought to you by WalesOnline demonstrate the nation’s digital vibrancy.

They showcase the inspiring work of individuals and companies across Wales who are at the cutting edge of digital business. They recognise the excellence that exists within a whole industry that is globally, socially and commercially relevant to Wales’ technological revolution.

For ticket and event information, contact Regional Events Manager, Isabel Goodman on 01792 545511 or isabel.goodman@mediawales.co.uk

Important Dates

27th February, 2019
Wales Digital Awards launch
26th April 2019
The last day to enter awards
1st May 2019
Judging of awards takes place
8th May 2019
The shortlist is announced
7th June 2019
Awards ceremony at Tramshed, Cardiff

The Award Categories

We have 14 categories designed to highlight the key areas of growth and development in our digital industry. The awards reflect the wide scope of skills being employed in Wales, whether that be technological development or digital delivery.

The awards will allow relatively mature companies to show off their work as well as highlight the important embryonic work being carried out by imaginative companies and individuals. You may enter as many categories as you wish and multiple entries are permitted for different projects.

AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR

Awarded by the judges to an individual who has over a sustained period of time, made a significant contribution to the digital world.

INNOVATION

We’re looking for a unique design or innovation which has helped a company or organisation take a step forward in their digital journey. The winner of this product could work in hardware or software, refining a successful product to make it even better or coming up with a great new concept from scratch. Clever ideas for bringing traditional businesses into the digital arena will also be considered.

APP OF THE YEAR

Judges will be looking for a stand-out App, showing innovation, imagination and flair. The App, either a stand-alone App or interactive element to a website, should be attractive but also useful and evidence of interactivity will be expected. Apps with either a consumer or a commercial focus can be considered and the winner should be able to demonstrate strong take-up in its target market. Successful firms should show style and flair in their design.

YOUNG PERSON

Whether an entrepreneur, coder, artist or communicator, one of the country’s brightest sparks, aged 35 or under, will be crowned Young Person of the Year. The winner could be an entrepreneur or an excellent employee whose work has made a difference to their business.

BEST START UP OF THE YEAR

A company or organisation that has launched in the last two years and has already found a strong and loyal digital following, customer base or audience. This award can recognise success in a wide range of fields, from online retail to web development or marketing. The winner will have bold ambitions and clear evidence their growth plans have got off to a solid start.

BEST USE OF TECH IN EDUCATION

As more schools and colleges sign up to digital, we’ll be looking for a stand-out performer in education who is using digital technology to interact with pupils, staff and the public. The winner will have embraced the internet’s possibilities for teaching and be able to show how its use has helped pupils develop their skills. Judges hope to see creative uses of technology which goes beyond the occasional use of slideshows.

BEST USE OF TECH IN eCOMMERCE

A company or organisation that can show itself to be a true vanguard of digital commerce. This could range from an online based retail business to a sports club or community organisation using online to build its core business. Firms of all sizes can be considered and businesses which have fresh ideas for selling products online will be looked favourably on and creative thinking will be rewarded.

BEST USE OF DIGITAL MARKETING

We’re looking for a one-off marketing or promotional campaign, or continuous excellent use of digital tools such as social media, to promote a business, organisation or event. Judges will be keen to see eye-catching graphics, unusual videos and impressive ideas on adding value to content.

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

This award gives credit to an individual who represents true pioneering advancement in digital. Quite often there is someone within a team driving things forward, predicting trends, doing things differently and getting great results. Our judges want clear evidence why this person is a digital entrepreneur. Success can be measured in terms of new business, financials, creative output, business growth or the effect you're having on a team or business.

WOMAN OF THE YEAR

The digital and tech sectors might be booming, but there’s a timebomb just around the corner. Only 17% of people working in tech are women, and only 7% of A-level computer studies students are girls. This category will highlight the awesome contribution of this region’s women in tech, and tell their stories to inspire a new generation.

BEST INTERNATIONAL COMPANY

We’ll be looking for evidence of companies leveraging their own unique digital (hardware or software) products and services to gain commercial contracts outside of the UK. Preference will be given to those organisations that have been able to demonstrate that the export of their services has led to increased local turnover and consequent growth/recruitment etc.

BEST USE OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

Our judges will be looking for those who have created innovative technology (hardware or software) that broaches new territory in some significant way and that represents progressive developments within a field for competitive advantage. Examples of currently emerging technologies include educational technology, information technology, nanotechnology, biotechnology, cognitive science, robotics, and artificial intelligence.

BEST DIGITAL AGENCY

Recognition of a digital marketing agency that has produced fantastic results and has made a positive contribution to the industry. The judges will be looking at client wins and retention, growth, margin, team retention, development and training, innovative approaches to development, delivery or cost saving and the quality of campaigns, apps or websites delivered on behalf of clients.

CEO OF THE YEAR

This award is for recognition of perseverance, dedication, ethics and the ability to bring about real change for the better at a company level, in the digital industry as a whole and in the lives of employees.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

You are eligible to enter The Digital Awards 2019 if your website, app, organisation or business is based in, or has an obvious interest in Wales. The closing date for all entries is midnight 26th April 2019. All entries will be judged by our independent panel of judges on 1st May 2019.

The Judges

Sion Barry
Business Editor,
Media Wales
David Banner MBE
Managing Director of Wales Interactive Ltd and Digital Ambassador 2018
Matt Wintle
CIO at overall sponsors Admiral
Karen Hewitt
Buying Director at Character.com and Woman of the Year 2018

How to Enter

It's simple to enter, just a matter of filling in a form...

CLICK HERE TO ENTER NOW

The Event

Wales Online Digital Awards 2019

Tramshed, Cardiff

Friday, June 7, 2019

Starts 12pm, ends 4pm

Tickets £35 incl. VAT

For ticket and event information, contact Regional Events Manager, Isabel Goodman on 01792 545511 or isabel.goodman@mediawales.co.uk

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