The Big Chip Awards for Northwest companies excelling in the use of digital technology are back, following their most successful year yet in 2009. Last year’s awards attracted record 234 entries from across the Northwest and 2010’s award ceremony looks to be the biggest and best to date.
Since the launch of the Game of the North Award and the Big Chip International Award for Innovation were launched in 2008, interest in the Big Chip Awards outside the Northwest has been growing. In response this year’s awards mark the launch of two more North of England awards – the brand new Little Chip Award for exceptional student achievement and the Big Green Chip Award.
Last year’s ceremony saw a wide range of organisations from Greater Manchester win awards including the Best Use of Visual Design, Best Digital Marketing Campaign, Tasty Website Award and Best E-Business Project.
Categories will be judged by a panel of leading industry figures chaired by New Media Age Editor in Chief Michael Nutley.
Awards organiser Manchester Digital is inviting companies from all sectors across the Northwest to submit their entries for the 2010 awards.
The call for entries is to digital companies and creative agencies and any organisation or business which has undertaken digital initiatives in the past year – everything from a company website to digital marketing.
Entries are submitted online at www.bigchipawards.com. The first two entries are free. Subsequent entries cost £75. The closing date for entries is Monday 1st March 2010.
The Big Chip Awards will be announced at a luxurious awards dinner on Thursday 10th June 2010 at the Palace Hotel, Manchester.
Organised by Manchester Digital, the trade association for the region’s digital sector, with support from regional bodies such as Liverpool Vision and the Manchester Digital Development Agency, the awards are open to any organisation based in the Northwest that has designed or commissioned any digital projects in the past year. This can include website, DVD, animation, wireless or SMS projects.
Chair of Manchester Digital, Shaun Fensom, said: “It’s very exciting to be ushering in the 12th Big Chip Awards – despite the economic climate, last year’s awards were the largest ever for submissions, sponsorship and attendees.
“The past 12 years have seen a transformation in the way we live our lives. The growth of The Big Chip Awards celebrate how forward thinking digital companies and creative agencies across the Northwest and beyond are taking the lead in creating the technology that will define the next decade.
“I’m especially proud of our new Little Chip Award, the North of England has an incredible range of excellent higher education institutions and a large pool of talented students and it’s really important to recognise their achievements – today’s students are the creative talent of tomorrow.”
Source: Manchester Digital