Category Criteria

 

Entrants will be asked to submit a case study of up-to 1000 words, that fulfils the stated objectives. Submissions will be accepted via the online entry system only.

 

All information submitted will be for the use of judging and will remain confidential.

 

Please read on for further information on each category and application criteria.

 

ENTRY DEADLINE : 5pm, Friday 23 March 2018.

 

Click the heading of the category you are interested in to jump straight to the criteria.



Organisational Excellence

Digital Team of the Year

Digital teams are at the heart of modern, digital organisations. This award recognises the best of the best and the contributions they are making to their organisation's operations, from new features and functions on websites, to entire new capabilities and services.

Judging criteria:
  • Clear examples of the launch of new, innovative features, whether internally or end-user facing
  • Ideally multiple examples overlapping in terms of time to showcase the excellence of the team and its operational abilities
  • Clear examples of how this work delivered benefits, such as boosting sales or reducing time to market of key services and offerings
  • URLs / app store links as required
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Digital Service Company of the Year

There is increasing demand from organisations for help with their digital operations, increasing the scope for digital service companies to showcase their talents and capabilities. This award recognises those companies providing digital services to end user organisations.

Judging criteria:
  • Evidence of support and involvement in new digital projects that have delivered tangible benefit to clients. Ideally more than one
  • Evidence of going above and beyond to support these projects
  • Customer testimonials
  • URLs / app store links as required
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Best Place to Work in Digital - Large Organisations

Businesses need to attract, train and retain the brightest and the best digital talent by creating an environment where talent can grow and thrive. This award celebrates the organisations doing this with aplomb.

Judging criteria:
  • Evidence of a digital culture that embraces employee ideas
  • Examples of innovative digital projects with major employee involvement
  • Examples of training and supporting staff development on digital skills
  • Evidence of retaining and developing digital staff
  • Removal of organisational silos (devops) to push a clear digital strategy
  • Open to firms with over 250 employees
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Best Place to Work in Digital - SMEs

Businesses need to attract, train and retain the brightest and the best digital talent by creating an environment where talent can grow and thrive. This award celebrates the organisations doing this with aplomb.

Judging criteria:
  • Evidence of a digital culture that embraces employee ideas
  • Examples of innovative digital projects with major employee involvement
  • Examples of training and supporting staff development on digital skills
  • Evidence of retaining and developing digital staff
  • Removal of organisational silos (devops) to push a clear digital strategy
  • Open to firms with up to 250 employees
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Project Team of the Year

This awards celebrates a small, core team that took a complex project by the horns and delivered an exceptional new digital experience with measurable benefits.

Judging criteria:
  • Explanation of project and its requirements and how they were delivered
  • Clear benefits to business or client with new projects
  • Examples of going above and beyond to deliver this project
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Design Team of the Year

The best coding in the world is wasted if your digital presence is ugly. This award celebrates the designers working within digital teams to bring new ideas to life in fresh, bold and eye-catching ways.

Judging criteria:
  • Quality of design
  • Ease of use
  • Consistent look and feel across all online digital channels
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Development Team of the Year

Great design is only as good as the code that lives underneath it - no matter how good your offering. This award recognises the teams bring digital ideas and innovations to life.

Judging criteria:
  • Evidence of the projects development teams have contributed to
  • Evidence of start of the art development practices and processes at the bleeding edge of digital innovation
  • The technical challenges the projects presented and how they were overcome
  • Seamless integration with back office systems and rapid project lifecycles
  • Examples of going above and beyond to deliver this project
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Project Excellence

Website Project of the Year

Truly innovative digital organisations deliver ground-breaking websites that offer an astounding digital experience that empower end-users and are a joy to use. This award celebrates those redefining the very concept of what a website can be.

Judging criteria:
  • Examples of new features and functions and how they were implemented and the challenges that were overcome
  • Benefits to intended end-users
  • Benefits to business
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**NEW** Security Project of the Year

Awarded to the most successful and interesting security installation of the year. Judges will be particularly looking at features, success rate, innovation and implementation. Customer case studies are encouraged.

Judging criteria:
  • Focus of project and how it was implemented
  • Seamless experience regardless of platform
  • Emphasis given to multi-channel projects
  • Seamless integration with supply chain
  • Business benefits with focus on sales/revenues/RoI
  • End user benefits
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Big Data Analytics Project of the Year

Organisations are collecting data on a massive scale from their own systems, external data providers and even social media channels. This award recognises big data analytics use that has delivered measurable benefits, from the improvement of public services to increased RoI.

Judging criteria:
  • Focus of project and how it was implemented
  • Analysis of multiple data sources
  • Evidence of success in how organisation changed behaviour based on the data
  • Evidence of service improvement or business advantage
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Best Not-For-Profit Project

For not-for-profits every penny counts. This awards celebrates those using digital technology for everything from fund-raising to driving operational efficiencies that mean they have more time, energy and budget to focus on the causes they serve.

Judging criteria:
  • Focus of project and issues or opportunities it tackled
  • Benefits to organisation based on clear metrics
  • Evidence of increased end user engagement
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Best Public Sector Digital Project

Citizens expect a first-class digital experience when engaging with public sector organisations. This award celebrates the public sector organisations providing just that with slick, innovative offerings that are easy to use and get the job done.

Judging criteria:
  • Nature of project and problem or opportunity it tackled
  • Benefits to citizens and public uptake
  • Benefits to the organisation, such as simplifying processing times or reducing errors
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Best Large Enterprise Digital Project

Big businesses cannot ignore the digital revolution as it has the potential to open up huge new, untapped market opportunities, or bring them to their knees. This award celebrates those meeting these challenges and opportunities head on - and delivering.

Judging criteria:
  • Nature of project and problem/opportunity it addressed
  • Benefits to customers and uptake (B2B or B2C)
  • Benefits to organisation
  • Open to organisations with over 1,000 employees
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Small To Medium Digital Project

SMEs may not have the biggest budgets but using innovative digital tools and technology can deliver huge benefits and this award recognises those using digital tools to their advantage.

Judging criteria:
  • Nature of project and problem/opportunity it addressed
  • Benefits to organisation
  • Benefits to end users and uptake
  • Open to firms with under 1,000 employees
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Mobile Project of the Year

With mobile by a distance the fastest growing way in which end users interact with digital services providing an outstanding mobile experience is a must for organisations of all types. This award celebrates those that have created a truly exceptional mobile experience.

Judging criteria:
  • Nature of project and problem/opportunity it addressed
  • Clear evidence of a mobile ethos with benefits to end users and uptake
  • Benefits to organisation
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Internet of Things Project of the Year

The Internet of Things is starting to become a major part of many areas of modern life – from manufacturing and distribution, to the public sector. This award recognises those organisations that have embraced the potential of IoT and used it to deliver real business benefits.

Judging criteria:
  • Nature of project and problem/opportunity it addressed
  • Information on how project was implemented
  • Benefits to organisation
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Machine learning / AI Project of the Year

Machine learning and artificial intelligence systems are rapidly becoming part of many organisations’ everyday operations, from voice recognition and translation tools, to chat bots and medical image processing. This award recognises those on the frontline of this trend and that are deriving real benefits as a result.

Judging criteria:
  • Nature of project and problem/opportunity it addressed
  • Information on how project was implemented
  • Benefits to organisation
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Wearable Project of the Year

Many forward-thinking businesses are embracing wearable technology, from fitness bands to smartwatches, to improve how they do business. This award recognises those engaged in interesting, exploratory and beneficial projects involving the use of wearable technology.

Judging criteria:
  • Nature of project and problem/opportunity it addressed
  • Information on how project was implemented
  • Benefits to organisation
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Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality Project of the Year

Virtual reality and augmented reality have moved quickly from science fiction to science fact and while still in the early days there are many innovative organisations out there harnessing the power these technologies offer for their unique capabilities and benefits. This award will recognise those at the frontline of this new era of computing.

Judging criteria:
  • Nature of project and problem/opportunity it addressed
  • Information on how project was implemented
  • Benefits to organisation
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Personal Excellence

Scrum Master of the Year

The scrum master sits at the heart of digital creation - ensuring everything is being developed as necessary and everyone knows what's expected of them, while also remaining flexible to changes as and when required.

Judging criteria:
  • Strong management capabilities on digital projects with cross-team involvement
  • Examples of complexity or logistical challenges overcome within role
  • Examples of rapid, quality delivery under time pressures
  • Size of organisation is immaterial
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Product Manager of the Year

Product managers oversee every aspect of their digital projects, with responsibility for their success from inception to creation and delivery. This award recognises individuals who are delivering the digital product and service roadmaps of the future, defining the future of their organisation's digital approaches from business process to customer/citizen outcomes.

Judging criteria:
  • Evidence of strong management capabilities on digital projects
  • Evidence of an inclusive working approach
  • Fosters a collaborative team environment to engage all relevant employees
  • Use of internal/external data to drive decision making
  • Evidence of success deriving from products
  • Size of organisation is immaterial
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**NEW** Developer of the Year

Developer of the Year

The winner will be either a front-end or full-stack developer, demonstrating an outstanding commitment to their work; whether that is creating dynamic new apps; translating design briefs into working software; or a deep understanding and use of every programming environment.

Judging criteria:
  • Evidence of adopting best practice coding and design frameworks and using them in a creative manner
  • Evidence of creating digital products that scale and work across all platforms
  • Evidence of beneficial impact to organisation and/or end user
  • Evidence of going above and beyond to ensure project success
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Web Designer of the Year

Great web designers push the boundaries of what digital design can be, creating incredible digital environments that are both beautiful to look at and use, regardless of device type or platform.

Judging criteria:
  • Evidence of great design suited for digital environments
  • Evidence of using design best practice to meet digital requirements
  • Evidence of modern design principles
  • Evidence of beneficial impact to organisation and/or end users
  • Evidence of going above and beyond to ensure project success
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**NEW** Digital Hero of the Year

With a major shortage of trained digital experts many organisations succeed by hiring young people for aptitude and attitude, regardless of academic success, and training them on the job in the workplace. This approach is both socially valuable and economically desirable. This award recognises young people starting in the digital world who have succeeded on training schemes without prior experience.

Judging criteria:
  • Evidence of innovation and can-do attitude with real business benefits
  • Evidence of playing a substantial role in the development and delivery of new digital initiatives
  • Evidence of genuine skills growth and personal development
  • Evidence of concrete responsibilities and results
  • Open to anyone between the age of 18-24
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Young Digital Professional of the Year

Young people with native digital skills are vital to modern businesses - this award celebrates the brightest and best changing the face of business forever. This is for people in the early years of their career who are making a marked impact on their organisation by bringing fresh thinking and measurable impact.

Judging criteria:
  • Evidence of playing an integral role in digital innovations and projects
  • Evidence of bring new, exciting ideas to their organisation
  • Evidence of taking on major responsibilities and delivering results
  • Open to anyone between the age of 25 – 30
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CDO of the Year

In a world of constant disruptive digital change the role of chief digital officer and the leadership it provides is critical to organisational success and survival. This award recognises outstanding leadership that is having a clear impact on performance and delivering the organisation's digital vision.

Judging criteria:
  • Clear evidence of exceptional leadership, innovation and management of a cutting-edge digital project or projects that have had a measurable impact on operations
  • Helping lead digital transformation in all areas of the business, with the engagement of other C-level executives and the board
  • Size of organisation is immaterial
*This award is open to whoever is leading digital transformation regardless of job title.
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**NEW** Digital Ambassador of the Year

With digital transformation in full swing across the industry, many companies have begun to make their own moves into the digital space. The winner of this award will be the individual, not necessarily in a technical role, who has worked to promote digital practices and ways of working, both inside and outside the organisation. Case studies and examples are particularly welcome.

Judging criteria:
  • Evidence of results implemented because of the entrant's work
  • Evidence of how these practices have helped the organisation
  • Demonstrable enthusiasm for and creativity in digital
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