North East firms are being urged to enter the longest running digital awards in the UK.
The Big Chip Awards, now in their 17th year, are back for another year with new additions to the categories and judging panel.
Northern-based digital companies and creative agencies, based from the Scottish Borders down to Derbyshire, are encouraged to enter, as well as any businesses or organisations that have undertaken digital initiatives in the past year, which can include everything from a company website to a mobile app.
Judges this year include Paul Fabretti, the digital and social media lead for Telefonica Europe, Daniel Nye Griffiths, contributing editor at Wired UK and a regular contributor to Forbes.com and Herb Kim, the founder of the Sage Gateshead-based Thinking Digital conference.
Malcolm Garrett has been selected as this year’s special guest judge for the Anthony Wilson Original Modern Award.
Mr Garrett is a Royal Society of Arts fellow and known for his graphic design work for a wide range of musicians, such as Simple Minds, Duran Duran and Peter Gabriel.
Five new award categories have also been brought in, taking the award category count to 22.
These include Best B2B E-business Project, Best B2C E-business Project, Best Use of Content Marketing, Most Innovative Application of Technology and Best Game.
Entries will close on Monday, March 16, and then the shortlist will be announced on Thursday, April 30.
The 2015 Big Chip Awards dinner will be held at Manchester’s Midland Hotel, where the winners will be announced on Thursday, July 2.
Chair of the Big Chip Steering Group and secretary of Manchester Digital, Shaun Fensom, said: “The Big Chip Awards is a brilliant platform to celebrate the excellence of the digital sector in the North.
This wonderful part of the world is emerging as an important digital sphere and the awards celebrate this and the diversity of the sector.”
Entries can be submitted online at bigchipawards.com.