Bigger Big Chip Awards in 2007

Manchester Digital calls for entries for 26 categories from North West companies by 12th March 2007

The Big Chip Awards for North West companies excelling in the use of IT and digital technology are back - bigger than before, with nine new categories, and more accurately reflecting the region’s changing digital landscape.

Awards organiser Manchester Digital is inviting companies from all sectors across the region to submit their entries for the 2007 awards.

The call for entries is to digital sector companies and all businesses, creative agencies and organisations which have undertaken digital initiatives in the past year - everything from a company website to digital marketing.

Now in its ninth year, this year’s Big Chip Awards boasts twenty-six categories including sub-regional categories for Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire and Cheshire & Warrington.

The nine new categories reflect the dynamic new technologies shaping modern social, leisure and commercial life in the North West. The new categories include Best Animation, Best Interactive Mobile Application and Best Digital Brand Development.

Entries are submitted online at www.bigchipawards.com <http://www.bigchipawards.com&gt;. The first two entries are free. Subsequent entries cost £75. The closing date for entries is Monday 12th March 2007. The Big Chip Awards will be announced at a glittering awards dinner on Wednesday 23rd May 2007 at New Century Hall in Manchester.

This year’s judges will be made up of a panel of figures from the sector chaired by Michael Nutley, editor of weekly industry ‘bible,’ New Media Age.

Organised by Manchester Digital, the trade association for the region’s digital sector, and supported by the Manchester Digital Development Agency, the awards are open to any organisation based in the North West that has designed or commissioned any digital projects in the past year. This can include website, DVD, animation, wireless or SMS projects.

Last year’s winners spanned a wide variety of sectors and included Thread Creative Studios, Manchester Metropolitan University, 3T Productions and Smoothe, who took the coveted Grand Prix award.

Chair of Manchester Digital, Shaun Fensom, said: “It is an exciting time for the North West’s digital industry - the sector is growing and going from strength to strength. The Big Chip Awards offers a great opportunity for our sector to shout about the excellence and best practice in the region.

“As ever, we have introduced new categories to reflect the new technologies and expertise in the region’s digital sector so that The Big Chip Awards will help highlight the breadth of talent the North West has to offer.”

The event includes a drinks reception, four-course meal and post-awards entertainment.

The Award categories are:

§ Best E-Commerce Project, B2B

§ Best E-Commerce Project, B2C

§ Best Public Sector Project

§ Best Not for Profit Project

§ Best Commercial Website

§ Best Use of Visual Design

§ Best Use of Homeworking

§ Best Game

§ Best Digital Brand Development

§ Best Search Targeting

§ Best Interactive Mobile Application

§ Best E-Learning Project

§ Big Chip Innovation Award

§ Best Digital Marketing Campaign

§ Best Freelancer/ Micro Enterprise

§ Best Animation

§ Best Rising Star

§ Best Collaboration (selected from shortlists for other awards)

§ Big Chip New Media Agency Award (selected from shortlists for other awards)

§ Mancat Promising Student Award (awarded in conjunction with Mancat)

§ Grand Prix - (the best overall entry)

Sub Regional Categories

§ Best from Cumbria

§ Best from Greater Manchester

§ Best from Merseyside

§ Best from Lancashire

§ Best from Cheshire & Warrington

All entries are to be submitted online at www.bigchipawards.com <http://www.bigchipawards.com&gt; by Monday 12th March 2007. For more information about the awards visit www.bigchipawards.com <http://www.bigchipawards.com&gt;.

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Big Chip Awards Entry Criteria

The Big Chip awards are for the North West. The competition is open to any organisation based in the North West. Projects, products or services entered for an award should have originated in the North West or most of the relevant work should have been carried out in the North West.

Organisations and individuals entered for awards should be based in the North West - this can include North West-based subsidiaries or divisions of larger organisations which have made a particular contribution to the North West digital sector.

The judges may rule that an entry does not have sufficient association with the North West, in which case their decision is final.

Last Years Winners:

Best E-Commerce Project

Web-blinds.com - Code

Best Public Sector Project
AdviceKit Manchester - Manchester Advice, Manchester City Council
Best Not-for-Profit Project
Allfm.org - Thread Creative Studios

Best Commercial Website

Flowcrete.com - Thread Creative Studios

Best Use of Visual Design

Hovis Granary microsite - Code

Best Use of Broadband

Experience MMU - Manchester Metropolitan University

Best Game

Sonic The Hedgehog Part 1 - iFone

Best E-Learning Project

Sonica Spanish - 3T Productions Ltd

Big Chip Accessibility and Web Standards Award

Brand Neusense - Fluid Creativity

Best CD / DVD

Rotunda, Urban Splash - Smoothe Ltd

Best Digital Marketing Campaign

UCI Star Wars Book - Pavilion Communication Services

Best Freelancer / Micro Enterprise

Stewart Hamilton (Creativewax)

Big Chip Innovation Award (individual or company)

Cybertill - Cybertill Limited

The Manchester Digital Original Modern Award presented by Peter Saville

Penn Footwear - Fudge

Regional Categories

Best from Cumbria

No entries

Best from Greater Manchester

Rotunda, Urban Splash - Smoothe Ltd

Best from Merseyside

Cybertill - Cybertill Limited

Best from Lancashire

NuBlue - NuBlue Digital Web Solutions

Best from Cheshire and Warrington

Step Outside with Togo & Nogo - Electromedia

Grand Prix

Rotunda, Urban Splash - Smoothe Ltd

About Manchester Digital

· Manchester Digital is the regions’ trade association for New Media and IT organisations

· It actively aims to promote Manchester’s digital business sector, to attract business and inward investment from the UK and worldwide by

§ Promulgating the excellence and diversity of the sector's leading edge services, products and expertise.
§ Communicating members' views to all audiences.
§ Encouraging communication and co-operation between members.
§ Acting as an information and knowledge source for members.
§ Representing members' interests to policy makers and opinion formers.
§ Promoting Manchester as the best 'can do' centre for interactive solutions.

For more information about Manchester Digital visit www.manchesterdigital.com

Published on: 12:00AM on 22nd February 2007