Mainframe 2018 Awards - Shortlist Announced

By Charlene Sharp & Hana York from Mainframe Derby

Wednesday 28th February saw us announce the shortlist for the Mainframe Awards 2018.  Here is the list of the amazing people, companies and projects selected by our judges. 


Emerging Digital Star (Under 25)
Recognising an individual under the age of 25 who has made an impact on the digital landscape in Derby & Derbyshire. The region’s success in the digital arena depends on talent staying in our region and judges will look to reward the best and brightest young people for their efforts. The winner could be an entrepreneur or an excellent employee whose work has made a difference to their business.


Georgia Vicars - Fluid Ideas

Olly Fisher – Repeat Digital 

Craig Picton – Status Social

Best Digital Start Up
A company or organisation that has launched in the last three years and has already found a strong and loyal digital following, customer base or audience. The winner will have bold ambitions and clear evidence their growth plans have got off to a solid start. Judges will be looking for bright, adaptable firms not afraid of challenging the established order.


Chris Woods - Playtonic Games

Natalie Bamford – Derby Days Out

Steven Titchener – Two Guys Creative

Project Most Proud Of
We know that it's not always the biggest, brightest or commercially beneficial projects that make you leap out of bed in the morning! We want to hear about the projects that really had an impact on you or your organisation.


V21 Artspace for V21 Artspace (creating virtual versions of exhibitions)

Purpose Media for the website they created for

YSP Media for the short documentary ‘JA40’ – The Junction Arts Story 

Best Digital/Creative Individual Or Team
Always going the extra mile? A knack for pulling it out of the bag at the eleventh hour? Managed a project that took the world by storm? Then this is the category for you. The judges will be looking for clear evidence of what make you/them a cut above the rest.


Codemakers with Shipmate

Archer Hampson with AtW

Status Social with Social media workshops for schools, teachers and parents

New Product To Market
Awarded by the judges to an individual, company or organisation demonstrating creativity and innovation in bringing their new product to market. The product must have launched in within the last twelve months.


Lightwave Interactive

Strawdog Media

Playtonic Games

Creativity For Good
The winner will be able to demonstrate how their product, project or organisation has contributed to the betterment of lives through creative means; both locally or further afield.


Simon Rice – Cleen App

Paul Rose – You Teach Me

Derby Union - Face in Space

Putting Derby/Derbyshire On The Map
An award that's particularly close to our heart's. The winner will be someone making us proud in how they flying the flag for our region.


Natalie Bamford - Derby Days Out

V21 Artspace – 3D Derby

Yvonne Gorman - Essential Print – Small Business Saturday

Client Of The Year
This category is designed to reward Clients that show an outstanding and enlightened approach to digital and creative business solutions; as well as recognising the important role that Clients play in facilitating the production of great work.


Collyfobble Brewery - Nominated by Fluid Idea’s

Pattonair  Nominated by Purpose Media

The Linden Leaf Hotel – Nominated by Pure Relish

Best Digital Innovation
The judges are looking for individuals or companies with something that’s different or even something that hasn’t been done before. Whether you’re using new ideas to solve old problems, or using old ideas to solve new problems, it has to have an element of newness!


Codemakers with Shipmate

Archer Hampson with AtW

Status Social with Social media workshops for schools, teachers and parents


Vote For Digital Ambassador of the year Now!

We had two top class entries in this category so decided to put the judging back in the hands of the Mainframe Community.

Digital Ambassador of the Year
Awarded by the judges to an individual, company or organisation that is leading the way in digital application and development and helping inspire others in the community. The winner will be focused on making the region a great place for start-ups to work and tirelessly promote it to external organisations. They will play a key role in making the digital economy successful.

Have look and cast your vote ...


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