Digital Alberta

Digital Alberta

June 03, 2013 10:00 ET

2013 Digital Alberta Awards Winners Announced

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - June 3, 2013) - Digital Alberta is pleased to announce the winners for the annual Digital Alberta Awards. This year's gala was held at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton on Sunday June 2nd, 2013 where the judges selected 16 winners from a pool of over 100 deserving finalists.

The Digital Alberta Awards ceremony honours digital industry experts in Alberta, ranging from philanthropy, film, software, community and education, television and gaming, mobile and start-ups, design and creative, to marketing and social media. Some of the highlights for the evening included and amazing display of steampunk circus antics and visuals.

Owen Brierley, President of Digital Alberta, said, "This year's awards were an incredible opportunity to celebrate the province's most influential digital leaders and gave us a glimpse into the future of digital, mobile, media and technology in Alberta."

In addition to the judged categories, a People's Choice award for the Most Inspirational Digital Leader is conducted through an online vote where the winner is selected by his or her peers in the digital sector. This year's victor is Kevin Hayes from Pixel Blue College. The other inspirational leaders nominated alongside Kevin Hayes were: Shaun Brandt from Versett, David Cronin from DevFacto, Dana DiTomaso from Kick Point, Trevor Doerksen from Mobovivo, Sean Healy from Touch Metric Inc., Christians Izquierdo from DevFacto, Brittney Le Blanc from Capital Ideas Edmonton, Adam Rozenhart from Calder Bateman, Steve Seeley from Studio Dialog and Kylie Toh from Chic Geek YYC.

"We are just thrilled about the impact of this year's event," commented Michelle Sklar, Past 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 and winners."

The 2013 Digital Alberta awards are sponsored by CMF, Robots and Pencils, Alberta Film, Yellow Pencil, Pixel Blue, Graphos, Norton Rose, LiftInteractive, BenefitDeck, Grant Macewan, Strong Coffee Marketing and Achilles/nextMEDIA. Additional sponsors include: AccleratorYYC, BucketDuck Inc, Calder Bateman, Chelsea Klukas Creative, Device Media, Guru Digital Arts College, Innovate Calgary, Marketwire and The Agency.

Digital Alberta 2013 Award Winners
Community and Education
Best in Student Interactive Digital Media and Creative Design Jetpack Kitty, Orest Nazarewycz
Best in E-learning Solar Energy Defenders, MindFuel
Best Digital Media Leader - Community Leader, Educator, Program Leader, or Department Head Duane Szafron, GRAND NCE
Best Digital Philanthropy Innovation Charity App Challenge - A Hack-a-thon for Good
Film, Television and Gaming
Best in Cross-platform Content Sketch 3D, GRAND NCE
Best Use of Film, Animation or Special FX Painted Black, CH Video & Photography Inc
Best in Gaming Spy vs Spy, Robots and Pencils Inc

Software, Mobile and Startups
Combined Hardware & Software Experience Simulation Tools for Medical Training, GRAND NCE
Mobile Entertainment Pop Quiz Show, Uppercut
Mobile Applications Beaucoo
Honourable Mention: FastCab Smartphone App
Best In E-Commerce Solutions Blame Betty, Cornerstone Technologies
Best Digital Startup BeauCoo
Design and Creative
Best Digital Design ARC Resources Corporate Responsibility Report, ZGM Collaborative Marketing
Marketing and Social Media
Best In Social Media Make Something Edmonton, Lift Interactive Inc
B2C Innovation Connecting You to Edmonton's Past - Interactive Bus Bench Campaign, Strong Coffee Marketing
Best Digital Advertising/Marketing Campaign The Big Burn, ZGM Collaborative Marketing

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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 digitalalberta dot com