By Charlene Sharp & Hana York from Mainframe Derby
The 2018 Mainframe Awards are still very much in our minds and we wanted to share the lovely comments our winners made about the awards, the Mainframe Community and being part of the creative and digital landscape of Derby & Derbyshire.
"I’m delighted to have won the award for Putting Derby/Derbyshire On the Map. I’m Derby born and bred and love it here. So much so that my business (www.DerbyDaysOut.co.uk) was set up to showcase the huge amount of fun, diverse events, attractions and clubs that Derby and Derbyshire has to offer children and families. To get this award means so much to me because I feel like I’ve achieved what I set out to do: showcase our fantastic city! A huge thank you to Mainframe for this award, I’m honestly chuffed to bits!"
Natalie Bamford - DerbyDaysOut.co.uk
WINNER: Putting Derby & Derbyshire on the Map
"We are thrilled to win the Best Digital Innovation award for launching our Shipmate product. We were up against two very worthy contenders but winning is a huge boost to our team and testament to the hard work everyone at Codemakers puts in to delivering the best possible solutions and products. Mainframe is a fantastic organisation that finally puts Derby’s creative digital talent on the map and I hope these inaugural awards are the first of many to come, helping attract and retain talent in our city by showcasing the wealth of ideas and gifted individuals in the creative industries."
Antony Stevenson – Codemakers
WINNERS: Best Digital Innovation for Shipmate
“We were delighted to receive the award for Best Digital Start Up 2018! At Playtonic we have worked hard to reignite peoples interest in the games we love to make and are developing a global IP & brand containing a whole universe of worlds and characters for the next generation of gamers to explore, all from our Derbyshire base. We love working with The Big House and attending the events organised by Mainframe as they have allowed us to meet, interact and share with fellow creatives from across the region, as well as have a beer or two. We look forward to growing together in the future!”
Chris Wood – Playtonic Games
WINNER: Best Digital Start Up
"What an accolade!!! To win an award in recognition of work that you feel so passionately about is an incredible feeling and to be selected and presented by the Chair of Creative England, John Newbigin, is the cherry on the cake. Thrilled! Mainframe and QUAD hosted a really dynamic awards event, and we are very proud to be part of Derby's Digital and Creative Community."
Claire Cutts and Joe Clark – V21
WINNER: Project most Proud of – V21 Artspace
Everyone at HSGUK are delighted and honoured to have won this prestigious Mainframe award. The Judges comment were extremely complimentary, their vision of the national and international potential is inspiring This accolade is a fantastic confirmation that all the hard work and determination to ensure the App is of the highest standard has been recognised.
Lynn Devine – HSGUK
WINNER: Creativity for Good – Cleen App nominated by Subism
"I am absolutely over the moon. 2017 was an amazing year for ARHA, and 2018 is already topping that, so to win two awards in recognition of our work, really is the cherry on top of the cake for us. I'd like to publicly thank team ARHA for their hard work, ever-present professionalism and total dedication. I'd also like to thank our clients, who by constantly pushing our creative boundaries, drive us to experiment and produce work we're proud of."
Jack Williams – Archer Hampson
WINNER: Best Digital/Creative Team or Individual and Digital Ambassador of the Year
Mainframe is fantastic initiative from QUAD. Whilst still in its infancy, it is growing all the time. A friendly atmosphere and interesting topics make for a fun evening and a good networking opportunity. Hats off to the team that run it!
Robert Wilkes – Lightwave Interactive
WINNER: New Product to Market
I am absolutely delighted to have been awarded with the ‘Emerging Digital Star Under 25’ award last night at the Mainframe Awards, even more so having it judged and presented to me by Dr Jo Twist OBE! It is extremely humbling to be recognised for my hard work at such an early point in my career. I hope to help influence younger females and technology enthusiasts to follow in my footsteps.
Georgia Vicars – Fluid Ideas
WINNER: Emerging Digital Star Under 25
Thank you to all the Mainframe Community for making the Mainframe Awards 2018 a true celebration of digital and creative talent in Derby & Derbyshire.