The Open Call for Nominations for the 2016 Digital Challenge Awards – where more people nominated more projects than ever before – has once again shown the wisdom of not defining the Awards Categories until we can take the measure of those responses.
We asked folks to nominate the projects that most impressed and deserved to be celebrated. The online digital world is nothing if not dynamic. Who would have guessed that so much brilliantly creative effort is focused on IT Skills, Health and Digital Inclusion. These are areas where it is fashionable for politicians to bemoan a lack of progress – but in reality they are arenas to celebrated and honoured.
The 2016 Trophies will also reflect other trends – like major communities moving on from technological fascinations towards understanding the point that all that creative effort has a direct impact on economic development – yes, even the Augmented Reality History Trail that enriches visitor experiences, boosts the tourism trade, educates local children and enhances local community identity.
This is the sixth year for the Digital Challenge Awards programme. Over the years it has produced a wealth of inspiring case studies. The full shortlist for all nine of the 2016 Awards Categories, once again, maps the UK’s digital development. And when we get to the Awards presentation dinner in the House of Lords on October 13th all of the shortlisted finalists will deserve the applause.