Digital Alberta

Digital Alberta

June 05, 2012 07:00 ET

2012 Digital Alberta Awards Winners Announced

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 5, 2012) - After a very successful and sold-out gala evening at Hotel Arts in Calgary on Monday June 4th, 2012 Digital Alberta is pleased to announce the winners for the annual Digital Alberta Awards recognizing the outstanding digital talent in the province of Alberta. The judges chose 16 winners from a pool of over 46 deserving finalists.

Some of the highlights for the evening included opening remarks from Minister of Culture, the Honorable Heather Klimchuk, a virtual spaceship, mad scientist lab and interactive touch screen technology.

In addition to the judged categories, this year Digital Alberta announced a new People's Choice award for the Most Inspirational Digital Leader. This award was voted on by the public in the digital industry. The winner of this award is Kurtis Lesick, Director at Creative Environment for Emerging Electronic Culture and Faculty at the Alberta College of Art + Design. The other inspirational leaders nominated alongside Kurtis were: Kevin Swan from iNovia Captial, Owen Brierley, Executive Director of Guru Digital Arts College, Peter Bishop the Digital Creative Director from ZGM Collaborative Marketing, Skye Boyes from GenX Studios, and Trevor Doerksen, CEO and Founder of Mobovivo.

"We are just so excited about the impact of this year's event", commented Michelle Sklar, President of Digital Alberta. "It has really built on the success of last year and has grown in both scope and submissions. Congratulations to all of our nominees, finalists, winners and people's choice award winner."

Digital Alberta 2012 Awards Finalists
Community and Education
Best in Student Interactive Digital Media and Creative Design First Generation Albertans, Giannitsos & Poon
Best in E-learning Time to Drill, Sajak & Farki
Best Digital Media Leader - Community Leader, Educator, Program Leader, or Department Head Owen Brierley, Guru Digital Arts College
Best Digital Philanthropy Innovation How a Regional Bank will Change the World, Benevity
Film, Television and Gaming
Best in Cross-platform Content HDNet Fights Second Screen App, Mobovivo
Best Use of Film, Animation or Special FX Bear 71, NFB
Best in Gaming Catch the Princess, Robots & Pencils
Software, Mobile and Startups
Combined Hardware & Software Experience Water Centre Touchscreen Kiosk, Sajak & Farki
Mobile Entertainment Country 105 30th Anniversary iPhone App
Mobile Applications Poynt, Poynt Corporation
Best In E-Commerce Solutions eThor, Gary Ziegler
Best Digital Startup UrtheCast
Design and Creative
Best Digital Design Prius Canada Website, Sajak & Farki
Marketing and Social Media
Best In Social Media W. Brett Wilson, ZGM
B2C Innovation Website Redesign, City of Calgary
Best Digital Advertising/Marketing Campaign Plenty of Syph, Calder Bateman

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About Digital Alberta:

Digital Alberta is an industry-led organization devoted to promoting and connecting the thriving digital media community across Alberta, Canada. Through professional development workshops, advocacy work, education, event, and business development activity, Digital Alberta is building the digital media industry provincially and promoting it abroad.

The digital media industry is defined as the creative convergence of digital arts, science, technology and business for human expression, communication, social interaction, and education. The industry spans several disciplines, including but not limited to: audio, video, game design, animation, modeling, simulation, and interactive design.

In Alberta, digital media is considered a key contributor to the provincial ICT industry which is made up of 6,300 companies, 57,000 employees, and generating over $450 million in annual revenues. Areas of key growth in Alberta's digital media industry include: Social media content and applications, Interactive entertainment, Content and applications for mobile devices, E-Learning and games for training and education, Interactive marketing, and finally Standards-based web design and development.

Contact Information

  • The Agency
    Arleigh Galant Vasconcellos
    +1 403.561.4810
    arleigh (at) theagencyinc (dot) ca

    Digital Alberta
    Jo-Anne Douthwaite
    joanne (at) digitalalberta (dot) com