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The O2 NextGen Digital Challenge Awards 2016 - Winners Announced 13 Oct 2016

Digital Challenge Awards Winners announced in House of Lords

A gathering of project teams from across the UK celebrated the results of the 2016 Digital Challenge at a prestigious dinner event hosted by The Earl of Erroll. The event was the culmination of a year-long 3-stage programme starting with an Open Call for Nominations followed by a selection of shortlisted finalists and project submissions assessed by an independent judging panel. Every year the Awards categories change to reflect the latest trends in project nominations.

In 2016 new awards categories emerged for Digital Healthcare and Economic Development. Support by O2 also enabled the creation of the new Digital Champions Award. A full list of the award winning projects is appended.

At the event, Lord Erroll observed that, “imagination and innovation in applied digital technologies is often the result of a collaboration between two or more specialist fields. Time and again this inter-disciplinary process is demonstrated in the case studies that come before the judging panel – new ways of applying digital expertise and insight in unexpected corners of the economy and communities.”

Speaking for O2 Telefonica UK, Head of ICT Sales, Peter Asman noted that “the quality of entries across the board was spectacular, and with these awards highlighting the importance of digital and innovation, the need for organisations to continue to develop and grow in these areas is more apparent than ever” Many of the Awards were presented by members of the judging panel with feedback on the project teams’ final submissions.

Marit Hendriks (co-founder of the Digital Challenge and director NG Ltd) congratulated all of the finalists. “From nominations through to the final judging you have once again contributed to a valuable store of project experiences that will encourage further digital endeavours throughout the UK.”

Notes for Editors: The Digital Challenge Awards programme was founded in 2011 by NextGen and Groupe Intellex. The judging panel’s assessment methodology explores the Challenges, Solutions and Achievements of all the short-listed projects. The 7th Annual Open Call for Nominations will be launched in January 2017. The awards categories are not pre-determined – the programme effectively tracks new fields of digital endeavour as they emerge. Pictures of the Awards Ceremony in the House of Lords, Westminster, will be available from October 14th. – 1-page summaries of the winning projects will be available on request. Media contact: David Brunnen, 07714 325 657 awards@nextgenevents.co.uk

Results also available at http://www.nextgenevents.co.uk/awards Twitter: #O2NextGen16 (MEDIA EMBARGO 21:30 BST 13TH OCTOBER 2016)

And the winners are:

Digital Inclusion Award

Tinder Foundation & NHS England for ‘Widening Digital Participation’

Digital Healthcare Award

NES Digital for ‘NHS Education for Scotland’

O2 Digital Champions Award

British Red Cross for ‘The Emergency Mobile App’

Digital Skills Award

The Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) For ‘Digital Skills Framework’

Economic Development Award

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) for ‘Digital Highlands and Islands’

Innovative Digital Applications Award

Staffordshire University for ‘Digital Forensic Archaeology’

Network Innovation Award

BDX Co-operative for ‘Brighton Digital Exchange’

Open Data Award 

Suffolk County Council for ‘Year of Information’

Rural Connectivity Award

Ardeonaig & Ardtainaig Community Association for ‘Loch Tay Community Broadband’

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