The awards are judged by a panel of industry leaders and experts. The judging is a rigorous two stage process including pre-scoring to determine shortlists and a judging meeting where entries are discussed and evaluated in detail to decide the winning entries.

Danielle Haugedal-Wilson

Head of Technology | Co-Op |

Danielle has worked in the technology for over 15 years and is a Head of Technology at the 150 year old Co-op responsible for a breath of technology ranging from the Co-op Membership and Data platforms to the new Co-op Health and Insurance Distribution businesses. Danielle has worked in the digital space at the Co-op since 2001and has worked across a multitude of sectors ranging from Food to Funerals. Danielle is a prominent figure in the North West Technology community, regularly speaking, running events and judging technology competitions locally and globally. A well known passionate, active champion of diversity in technology, she is a Non-Exec Director of Innovate Her - “an 8 week, after school programme dedicated to giving girls ages 12-16 the self-belief and skills they need to pursue a career in technology”

Jonathan Boakes

Managing Director, Nodes Agency |

Jonathan has led a number of companies in the mobile space, prior to joining Nodes Agency four years ago. Now Managing Director for the London, Manchester & Amsterdam offices and subsequent to the recent purchase and investment by Japanese conglomerate 'Monstar Lab', he is now helping to oversee the European expansion, which will include growing into five new offices this year. As a result Nodes continues to invest in consultancy services around Digital Transformation and is currently leading the the transformation for a number of major global companies.

A big part of Nodes sucsess is the belief that the best strategy and design is created with a deep technical understanding, so as an agency Nodes ensure that integrated teams share knowledge and encourage the continuous development of all employees across the agency. 

His team continue to perform well and recent agency wins include Emirates, Fujitsu, British American Tobacco, CBRE, London & Partners, Melody VR, The Wedding Shop, Abellio, Britvic, Drinkaware, IATA & LGT Vestra.

 

Karen Carter

UK President | International Advertising Association |

Martin Bryant

Media and Tech Consultant |

Martin Bryant is a consultant, speaker, writer, and educator in the fields of technology and media. He works to help technology companies craft a narrative around their products and business. He was previously Editor-in-Chief of international technology publication The Next Web, and Community Editor at Tech North, where he shone a light on the stories of startups and entrepreneurs in the North of England.

Marcus Hadfield

Chief Strategy Officer, Apadmi |

With over twenty years’ experience in digital and brand marketing, he’s delivered award-winning campaigns across every discipline and most sectors. Most of his career has been spent in advertising agencies, most recently as a Managing Partner at McCann Manchester. In 2017, he jumped into the mobile world to help clients get more out the increasingly close relationships people have with their devices. His question stays the same – why will customers care?

Clients have included Expedia, Argos, Costa, American Airlines, CrossCountry Trains, Which?, Homebase, Sony, Aldi, World Vision, Plan International and more.

Nick Duddy

Miratrix | Founder |

Nick Duddy is the founder miratrix.co.uk a Search and App Marketing agency based in London. Miratrix'ss clients have included CurrencyFair, PaddyPower, JustEat and Ubuntu; work that has helped Miratrix earn the accolades of Top App Marketing Agency 2017 and Top App Store Optimisation Agency 2018, not to mention Nick's personal nomination for App Marketer of the Year 2017.

He is now on a quest to show start-ups and established companies how to build automation into their business, getting ahead of the curve and sharing his knowledge on how to become a Master of Learning Machines.

Steve Hilton

Chief Evangelist Officer | Liberty Apps |

Founder of an agency started in 2008 to produce life changing smart phone applications. We've grown organically to create apps for big names including Warburtons, Microsoft & IBM.

Recently spoke at TedX and International Business Festival
Invited by the British Computer Society to deliver talks around the UK
Presented technology talks at 20+ events regarding Culture, Chatbots & Mobile Apps

Recent personal recognition includes:
* Winner of the NHS Hackday
* Winner of the Homeless Hack
* Winner of Hacking the Future of Energy
* Most notable app at the Public Health England HackX

Lives to improve lives across the globe using smart phone technologies 

Jack Mason

CEO, Dreamr |

Jack is CEO and co-founder of multi award-winning app development agency Dreamr, based in Manchester. He has great enthusiasm for all things tech and is always on the lookout for the next big thing in the tech industry. Jack is keen to explore AR, AI and machine learning, as well as looking further into cybersecurity, specifically blockchain.

As well as expanding his tech knowledge, Jack is also keen to give back, both in his local communities and within the tech world. He was appointed a trustee of Salford-based childrens’ cancer charity, Kidscan in April 2018.

Jack is always on the lookout for new talent and opportunities within the tech world, whether that’s finding the best developers or being involved with innovative projects. With the recent successes for Dreamr over the past year, Jack launched the Dreamr Ventures project, which backs budding tech entrepreneurs with high growth potential the opportunity to gain funding for their business.

Jotham Oakley

UX/UI Designer, Brightec |

A graduate of Ravensbourne College of Design & Communication, Jotham is a gifted designer based at Brightec.

He’s particularly passionate about the developer to designer relationship and his work has helped Brightec’s clients to win numerous awards, increase conversion rates and improve brand perceptions. He has worked for a broad range of clients across various sectors, including: Jaguar Land Rover; TrainSplit; KitchenCraft; Ziffit; Willis Towers Watson and The Marine Conservation Society.

 

Puff Story

Chief Change-Maker, 3 Sided Cube |

Puff is Chief-Changemaker at digital agency 3 SIDED CUBE, with years of experience working with the likes of MTV, Visa, ARC and RNLI, she works closely with organisations to develop mobile solutions that solve some of the world's biggest problems by using tech for good

Geraldine Vesey

Director, SKV Communications |

Geraldine leads the team at multi-award winning creative communications agency, SKV Communications, across a number of Government campaigns.  She has extensive behaviour change experience with specialisation in regional implementation and has most undertaken activity for Department for Education, Department for International Trade, Food Standards Agency and Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

She has undertaken impactful marketing and PR activities for charities and public sector clients including WRAP and Transport for Greater Manchester. Her skills span creation, direction and evaluation of creative integrated campaigns including stakeholder engagement, crisis communications and digital media management.

Pietro Bagnasco

Mobile Apps Partnerships Manager, Google |

Pietro spent the last five years at Google working as a Mobile Apps Partnerships Manager.

Over the years, has worked with and helped a variety of mobile app developers across multiple european countries make their app successful through Google solutions and products.

Deeply passionate about the Mobile Apps ecosystem , Pietro has participated and spoken at a variety of industry events including the App Promotion Summit in Berlin, the Gitex Future Stars conference in Dubai and the Google annual App Summit.

Not only Apps it his daily job, but also his after hours hobby: feel free to reach out if you would like to know more about his sloppy attempts to develop his own apps!

Simon Wharton

Business Strategy Director, Pushon |

Having led PushON for 12 years, In 2017 Simon transitioned from Managing Director to Business Strategy Director where he could apply his considerable experience in digital transformation to PushONs digital consultancy service. Simon has spent more than two decades operating within the digital sector, initially in a corporate environment, before becoming embroiled in the early days of the Manchester digital community. Alongside his business partner, Roy Wilding, he pivoted PushON out of an incarnation of a previous successful digital business. Steady planned growth has seen the business gain recognition as one of the North West’s leading eCommerce agencies. The business’ expertise in eCommerce development and its particular skill with online marketing has led to a raft of peer reviewed award wins throughout the North West, UK and Europe.

Simon also has a reputation for “sticking his oar in” to drive the digital sector forward. He is a council member for Manchester Digital, lectures at local universities and was a founder of SASCon, the infamously expert digital marketing conference. He speaks at events, organises events and largely keeps himself busy both in the sector and in the community. He has four children available to keep him stressed and is the gofer for a local under 10s football team. When he finds the time to go out, you’ll most likely find him seeing a loud band somewhere.