Shortlist announced for Digital DNA Awards 2021

The wait is finally over and the shortlist for the Digital DNA Awards 2021 has been announced

Despite the challenges of the past 12 months, the volume of nominations for  Digital DNA Awards 2021 have been phenomenal with an average of 21 entries per category. Over the past few weeks we have received a record number of entries, breaking all previous records, highlighting the strength and depth of the tech industry here in Northern Ireland. 

The first phase of the judging process is now complete and has been whittled down to a high-calibre short list featuring the very best technology businesses and people from right across Northern Ireland.

Winners of the 13 categories will be revealed at the biggest night for the Northern Irish tech industry, taking place at Ormeau Baths, right in the heart of Belfast on Thursday 1st July 2021. We have limited availability to attend the awards ceremony in person,  but don’t worry we are also you can also watch the Awards live by registering online for free.

Register to Watch the Digital DNA Awards HERE

The Shortlist


App of The Year

  • BRS Golf by GolfNow -BRS Golf Members App

  • Civica & the Department of Health for Northern Ireland – Keeping N.Ireland safe during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Department of Health & HSC (NHS) Organisations in Northern Ireland – Health and Social Care COVID Digital Response

  • GCD Technologies – GCD & FarmFLiX

  • Ineqe Safeguarding Group – Safer Schools App

  • Pocket Box Ltd– Pocket Box

  • SaltDNA- Salt DNA

  • Scaffold Digital – The InspireD App

Best Digital Marketing Campaign

  • Bloc Blinds – The BlocOut Sleep Simple Campaign
  • Christies Direct Ltd – Pet Packs by Christies Direct
  • Gekkoshot Digital – The Mortgage Clinic – SEO Campaign
  • Genesis – Genesis for LMC – The Truth About Beef
  • GolfNow – GolfNow
  • SketchUp Hub – SketchUp Hub
  • Smarts – Smarts x Diageo Bar Academy – Connecting the Community: Global Bartenders in Lockdown
  • Tall Paul Marketing – Paul Malone (Tall Paul Marketing)

Tech for Good Project of the Year

  • Community Calling – Community Network NI
  • Department of Health & HSC (NHS) Organisations in Northern Ireland – Health and Social Care COVID Digital Response
  • Foyle Parents and Friends Association – Tuned In Project – AWOL
  • GCD Technologies – GCD & Cash For Kids
  • Liopa – Giving a voice to the voiceless: Liopa’s lipreading app, SRAVI
  • Rakuten Blockchain Lab – Rakuten Donation Chain
  • Sentireal Ltd – Site IT
  • TriMedika Ltd – TriMedika Ltd

Digital Innovation of the Year

  • Bludot Technologies – Allergen Intelligence
  • Danske bank – Danske bank
  • Department of Health & HSC (NHS) Organisations in Northern Ireland – Health and Social Care COVID Digital Response
  • ESRI Irealnd & the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs -The DAERA Information Hub
  • Global Payments Integrated -Global Payments : Payments at a Distance
  • HighRoads -HighRoads Workflow Management
  • Rakuten Blockchain Lab- Secure Blockchain Occupancy Management
  • SaltDNA -SaltDNA

eCommerce Project of the Year

  • Bathshack -Bathshack.com
  • Built For Growth Digital -Best Menswear
  • Dokoo Digital -HillView Prints
  • ESW (eShopWorld) – ESW Hubless and Hub Consolidation solution
  • Flint Studios -Insect Lore Europe
  • Incubeta Groundswell -Bringing the Boojum experience to your home through lockdown
  • Pure Running -purerunning.run
  • Signifyd -Signifyd’s Chargeback Recovery Insights 


Young person of the Year

  • Aaron Rogers, Applications Developer – Almac Group
  • Rachael Coulter, CEO- Animal Manager Limited
  • Daire McCotter,Client Services Support Consultant- Datactics
  • Daniela Brown,Staff Software Engineer- Global Payments Integrated
  • Niamh MacAuley, Video Production Manager- Purple Dot Media
  • Johannes Andersen, Software Engineer- Signifyd
  • Matthew McKee, Associate Consultant – Version 1
  • Ian Megahey, Sales Director- WorkPal

Founder of the Year

  • Geoff & Sinead Higgins – Co-Founders, Decision Time
  • Chris Gregg- CEO & Founder, Lightyear
  • Chris Armstrong- CEO, Overwatch Research
  • Scott Wylie & Pete Hawkins- Co-Founders, Payhere
  • Joe Boyle & Patrick Keehan- SaltDNA- CEO & Founder, SaltDNA
  • Deva Senevirathne-Co – Founder, Sonrai Analytics
  • Liam McEvoy & Maria Diffley- Co-Founders,SustainIQ
  • Roisin Molloy- CEO & Founder, SustainIQ

Developer of the Year

  • Ciara Cassidy Principal, Software Engineer- Almac
  • Miguel Esteves, Development Architect- Global Payments
  • Stephen Currie, Lead UX Engineer – HighRoads
  • Michael Stevenson,Lead Developer- Northern Ireland Civil Service
  • Graham Wilsdon, CTO- Overwatch Research
  • Gareth Gray, Software Engineer- Signifyd
  • Mark Brown, Vice President of Technology Products- Unosquare, LLC
  • Ciara Havlin, Software Developer- Version 1

Business Personality of the Year

  • Keith Farley,Managing Director and Vice President- Aflac Northern Ireland
  • Frank Kilpatrick, CEO- Bludot Technologies
  • Jonathan Sinclair, VP of Engineering- Highroads
  • Philip Macartney, Chief Commercial Officer- IRP Commerce
  • Lisa Stevenson, Site Lead- PEAK6
  • Jenny Ervine CEO, Co-Founder- Raise Ventures
  • Laura Haldane, Head of Sales and Marketing- SciLeads
  • Andrew Webber, Chief Marketing and Client Relations Officer- SciLeads


Best Large Tech Company of the Year

  • Aflac
  • First Derivatives
  • iManage
  • Rapid7
  • Unosquare
  • Version 1
  • Virgin Media

Startup of the Year

  • Eolas Medical
  • HALO Technologies
  • loyalBe
  • Overwatch Research
  • Pocket Box Ltd
  • Pulse AI
  • Sonrai Analytics

Best Small tech of the Year

  • B-Secur
  • Fathom
  • HighRoads
  • Lightyear
  • Overwatch Research
  • SaltDNA
  • Vertical Structure
  • Whitespace

Best Workplace of the Year

  • Aflac Northern Ireland
  • B-Secur
  • Datactics
  • Decision Time
  • FinTrU
  • GolfNow
  • Hurree Labs Ltd
  • Origin

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