The wait is over! We reveal the finalists for this year's Digital Awards

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 9 Aug 2017

Anyone who needs convincing of Hull’s digital prowess need look no further than the finalists for this year’s Digital Awards.

Organised by KCOM and the Hull Daily Mail, the awards are designed to shine a light on the best emerging technology and digital talent from across our region.

And this year has seen a record number of entries submitted, with applications flooding in from some of the area’s brightest and most innovative firms.

It is great news for the area, but it certainly left a tough job for the award judges who had their work cut out trying to whittle down the entries.

David Keel, co-founder of Trident and head of this year’s judging panel, said: “We have been overwhelmed by both the quantity and the quality of this year’s entries.

“The Best Digital Start-up category alone attracted 14 entries, which proves how many digital companies are being created in the city right now.

“It was great to see, but it certainly made our task of judging very difficult.”

The winners will be revealed at a glittering awards ceremony to be held on Thursday, September 7, at Stage@The Dock.

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Kicking off with a drinks reception from 5.45pm, entertainment and street food will be served up from 6.30pm with guests seated in the ampitheatre at 7.45pm for the start of the awards ceremony.

The keynote speaker for this year’s event will be security expert and star of BBC’s The Real Hustle, Alexis Conran.

Alexis will be employing his knowledge of the dark and deceptive world of hustling, pickpockets and con-artists to speak candidly on the risks and security threats constantly faced by businesses and consumers.

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The Mail’s managing director Mike Pennington said: “It is staggering to see how far the digital landscape has progressed since we launched these awards three years ago.

“Hull and East Yorkshire has a hugely vibrant business community, and digital is at the forefront of that.

“The awards were set up to recognise the technological talent we have here in the city, and as the level of entries this year proves, we have a thriving sector of which the entire region can be proud.

TOUGH TASK: David Keel, former winner of the Digital Ambassador of the Year award, was chair of this year's judging panel

Jerome Ellerby

“It is great that KCOM is once again our main partner for the awards.

“We would like to thank all of our key partners, without which these awards could not go ahead.”

A limited number of tickets re available for the event.

These cost £35 per person, which includes a drinks reception, street food, entertainment and the opportunity to network following the awards ceremony.

To buy tickets, email the events team at or call 01482 315300.

The shortlist (in alphabetical order)

Best Digital Innovation

Eon Visual Media for MedSked

Global View Systems for R-TraX


Best Mobile app



Sauce for Siemens MyTime

Young Digital Person of the Year

Courtney Harris

Alex Pringle

Matt Wildbore

Best e-commerce


Headland for Machine Mart

R&R Country

Best Hardware

APD Communications

Daifuku Logan

Global View Systems for R-LinX

Best Global Reach

APD Communications

Sypro Management


Best Digital Start Up



Mattix Design

Best Digital Marketing Communication


Hull Independent Cinema

Sowden & Sowden for Ron Dearing UTC #GetTheEdge

Best Emerging Technology

APD Communications

Happy Goon


Best Use of Technology within Education



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