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Digital Challenge 2014 Awards Categories & Finalists Announced PDF Print E-mail
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:

Network Nominations 

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   


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