|Digital Challenge 2014 Awards Categories & Finalists Announced|
|Written by David Brunnen|
|Tuesday, 15 July 2014 12:40|
Every year we review all the nominations from our ‘Open Call’ and only then decide the Awards Categories for that year. In a fast-changing world, this ensures that the Digital Challenge reflects current activity.
This year we will be presenting five trophies – two for network initiatives (Connected Cities and Rural & Urban broadband schemes) and one award each for ‘Digital Inclusion & Advocacy’, ‘Education & Digital Expertise’ and the ‘Open Data Innovation Award’.
And this year’s finalists are:
Connected Cities Award
Mansfield Business Improvement District for crowd-funded Public WiFi.
ITS for their passive infrastructure concession partnership in Hammersmith & Fulham.
Velocity1 for business connectivity at the new London Designer Outlet, Wembley
Hyperoptic – for Gigabit broadband into East Village (former Athletes Village) with Get Living London
Virtual1 for their extensive ‘dark fibre’ network (London) for business users
CityFibre – for their FTTH Gigabit partnership with Peterborough Local Authority
Rural & Urban Broadband Award
Connecting Cheshire Partnership – rollout with BT
Cotswolds Broadband for a radical approach to funding and local partnership
ITS for Fibre Garden - the largest wholly private rural FTTH rollout in UK
Northamptonshire County Council for partnership with National Farmers Union with free trials of Avonline satellite systems.
Spectrum Internet for this Welsh ISP’s promotion of the BDUK Voucher scheme for business users
JT – now with a third (circa 9,500) of their Jersey-based customers on a fully fibred network with speed guarantees.
Digital Inclusion & Advocacy Award
Enfield Libraries for their iPad/Tablet loan scheme aimed at raising Digital Inclusion
Tinder Foundation in partnership with NHS for their scheme to improve access to health information and reduce patient enquiries
ITS for using wireless for social housing digital inclusion projects
Northamptonshire CC for working with exemplar businesses to showcase benefits across many sectors
RSLM Digital for their community organising platform
Education & Digital Expertise Award
Bitjam for coding education for young people
Hacklab for developing interactive technology for museums and art galleries in North Staffordshire
Lincolnshire CC for the OnLincolnshire Technology Hubs.
Skills at Work for their NHS well@work project
Open Data Innovation Award
DVLA's 'View Driving Record' project providing the insurance sector with access to Driver Licence records (nominated by Skyscape Team)
Seesense (NI) for a product for cyclists that’s designed to generate data.
Leeds Data Mill for accelerating the value of Open Data (public and private)
Northamptonshire CC for their Mapping and Deployment Plans – the first UK Local Authority to publish the full Postcode data detailed in a BT contract.
Sensum (NI) for development of behavioural monitors to improve mobile advertising effectiveness
The 2014 Next generation Digital Challenge Awards programme is run in association with NG Events Ltd.
For more information visit NextGen Events 2014 Awards