Top tech companies to battle it out (online) to be crowned Digital DNA Company of the Year

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High Calibre shortlist demonstrates the breadth and depth of the tech ecosystem in NI.

Following the announcement that the Digital DNA Awards 2020 are going online, we are delighted to confirm that the Company of the Year award will still be decided by the public.

For the second year running, the winners will be decided by a public vote and the overall winner will be revealed as we broadcast live from Belfast and around the world on Thursday 27th August 2020, 4.30pm-5.30pm. 

The Company of the Year award is the only category that is decided by a public vote, and this year the vote will close during the live awards ceremony broadcast. Previous winners include Neueda, Flint Studios and Whitespace. Glenn McClements from last year’s Company of the Year winners, Whitespace, said 

“to be recognised as Company of the Year in front of our peers was a fantastic achievement for the whole team, especially with the exceptional quality and stature of the other nominees.”

The shortlist for this year’s awards across the other 13 categories is arguably the strongest yet, further demonstrating the strength and success of the local tech and digital industries in Northern Ireland. Commenting on the strength of this year’s awards shortlist, Louise Smyth from principal sponsors MCS Group said;

“With a record number of entries in 2020, the Digital DNA Awards continue to grow year on year demonstrating the strength of the industry here in Northern Ireland.

The competition for this year’s shortlist is a testament to the high calibre and diverse range of talent in the market, continuing to propel NI as a global contender.”

Organisers have also cited the breadth and depth of the companies shortlisted, with local startups, indigenous companies, and major global organisations all making the shortlist and hoping to win at the highly anticipated awards. 

Digital DNA CEO Simon Bailie says it’s no coincidence that we now see such a breadth of companies competing to be recognised as a Digital DNA Award winner.

“Over the past 5 years, the growth of the tech industry in Northern Ireland has grown significantly which has been a major positive for our local economy. Whilst many of the headlines are about the global companies putting roots down in Northern Ireland, our indiginous tech companies are continuing to grow and our local startup scene is thriving. All this points to a vibrant tech ecosystem that competes with the very best in the world.

The Digital DNA Awards are therefore more relevant than ever, providing an opportunity for the whole tech community to come together, to recognise the success and celebrate what is potentially the most exciting and vibrant sector in Northern Ireland.”

The companies who have been named on the shortlist for this year’s Company of the Year award are;

  • STATSports           #DDNASTAT
  • Signifyd #DDNASIGN
  • Instil #DDNAINST
  • Origin Digital #DDNAORIG
  • Dynamic Signal #DDNADYSI
  • Allstate #DDNAALLS
  • Options Technology #DDNAOPTT

To vote for the company you would like to win, simply post a tweet like below and insert the hashtag from your chosen company. That’s it!

Congratulations to @xxx for being shortlisted for the @DigitalDNAHQ Company of the Year Award! You have our vote! #DDNAAWARDS2020 #DDNAxxxx

Our friends @xxx have been nominated for the @DigitalDNAHQ Company of the Year. Congrats to the team!


Don’t have a Twitter account? No problem, simply go to our online form and register your vote here link –


The 5th Annual Digital DNA Awards are powered by MCS Group and supported by PwC, Barclays Eagle Labs and Flint Studios. The winners of all 13 categories will be announced during our live broadcast on Thursday 27th August 2020. To find out more Join us live as we announce the winners of our 13 highly anticipated awards, as well as the highly significant Company of the Year award, decided by a public vote. By visiting https://www.crowdcast.io/e/ddnaawards2020/register to register your place. 

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