The UK’s Next Generation Digital Challenge is an annual awards programme that culminates in an award ceremony in October – this year at Wembley during the NextGen conference.
The entries this year are interesting for at least three reasons. Firstly the Open Nomination phase resulted in more than three times previous entry levels. Secondly analysis of the entries showed that there were now sufficient entries to justify support for three new categories – in Open Data, Digital Skills and Digital Innovation – in addition to the traditional categories for digital network developments. Thirdly the entries show an increasing awareness of the value for local communities and the economy of long-term investment in digital infrastructure.
With this higher level of entries, up to six nominations in each category have now been selected to go forward as Finalists for assessment by an independent judging panel and all of those short-listed will be invited to make brief presentations at NextGen13.
Full story including the short-listed Finalists here