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Digital Skills Award Sponsor

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By sponsoring one of the categories in this year’s Digital Challenge awards, Go ON UK is turning the spotlight on the issues of skills and expertise. Our simple but ambitious aim, says Go ON UK, is ‘to make the UK the most digitally capable nation in the world’.

Digitial Innovation Award Sponsor


Creating a competitive advantage for the UK by facilitating the exchange of knowledge on Information & Communications Technologies and accelerating innovation.



Designed to give companies the opportunity to highlight achievements in developing and deploying better broadband, the awards have proved popular since their launch in 2011.

WINNERS and Shortlisted Finalists 2013

ICT KTN Digital Innovation Award

WINNER: Seetok Ltd - a video messaging product to humanise communication
Alan White receiving the award on behalf of Seetok Ltd from Philip Hargrave - CEO and Network Director ICT KTN

ICT KTN CEO & Network Director, Philip Hargrave said: “The roll-out of next generation access infrastructure is central to the UK realising the full value of the Digital Economy. The ICT KTN is therefore delighted to be associated with the Next Generation Digital Challenge Awards, and in particular to be the sponsor of the Digital Innovation Category which aims to recognise innovative access products and services and initiatives to improve innovation capacity.“

RUNNER-UP: Keypoint Technologies - making text input easier for users

Pocket Doctor - personal medical diagnostics and health guide
Polkadot Factory- Trigah App - boosting cinema going by more accurate distribution to audiences
Mobbra - improving massive use of mobiles at sporting and other major events

Digital Innovation Finalists synopses - PDF

Go ON UK Digital Skills Award

WINNER: Tinder Foundation - Digital Housing Hub - bringing social housing and digital inclusion projects together

Ben Brown from the Tinder Foundation receving the award from Sarah Bridges - Director of Programme and Partnerships Go ON UK

Go ON UK CEO, Graham Walker said: “Improving digital skills across the board will have huge social and economic benefits to the UK. We want to inspire and support individuals and organisations to share their skills with others. These changes will transform all of our lives, and make a tangible, long-term difference to society."

RUNNER-UP: Enfield libraries - Intergenerational Project - ICT courses for over-50's run by young people

ConnectMK - low-cost computer loan scheme re-utilising old ICT kit from large employers
The Wheatley Housing Group/Glasgow Housing Association - connecting the unconnected - improving the digital skills of social housing tenants
Skills@Work - mobile based learning for business compliance requirements

Digital Skills Finalists synopses - PDF

Rural Network Award

WINNER: Village Networks - overcoming copper line deficiencies with wireless


Paul Firth and Roger Carey from Village Networks receiving the award from Alan Horne - ITU

RUNNER-UP: Emtelle - supporting rural broadband FTTH enterprises

Cotswolds Broadband - an innovative approach to raising investment for digital infrastructure
Essex County Council - next generation access programme
Tove Valley - rural fibre to the premises scheme

Rural Networks Finalists synopses - PDF

Urban Network Award

WINNER: Aberdeen City & Shire Councils - Accelerate Aberdeen -improved digital connectivity for the city and surrounding area
Jan Falconer and her team from Aberdeen receiving the award from Charlotte Holloway - Policy Manager BSG

RUNNER-UP: MS3 - fibre choice and competition for business users in Hull

CityFibre - fibre to the premises for businesses and households
Hyperoptic - delivering 1Gb/s ultrafast broadband to apartments
KCOM - fibre to the premises in Hull and East Yorkshire
Magnet Networks - enabling the Smart City of Wembley

Urban Networks Finalists synopsis - PDF

Mobile Development Award

WINNER: Open Signal - using crowd-sourcing for info on performance of mobile networks to make customer choices easier

RUNNER-UP: Calnex - boosting 4G/LTE deployments with better testing kit

Digital Birmingham - large-scale public WiFI for the City
Airband Community Internet and Cambium Networks - improving broadband in rural Worcestershire
SES Broadband - a satellite broadband solution for rural areas

Mobile Development Finalists synopses - PDF

Open Data Award

WINNER: eeGeo - a 3D mapping service using live data feeds
Susan Sweett - BAS LLP receiving the award on behalf of eeGeo from Robert Bell
- co Founder ICF

RUNNER-UP: HPC Wales - high performance supercomputing for businesses

Opencorporates: the largest open database of companies in the world
REgenerate - support for communities to build open data sources.
Transfaction - performance measures for transport networks

Open Data Finalists synopses - PDF

The 2013 Next Generation Digital Challenge Award winners were announced and trophies presented at the NextGen13 conference dinner on 14 October in Wembley, London.

NextGen 13 Conference

NextGen 14 Awards

The Awards captured the achievements of the ‘enablers’ of the digital economy – both in the innovative provision of connectivity and in its wider application for enterprise, community and public services benefit.

The awards categories for 2013 were informed by an initial ‘open’ nomination round.