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Digital Alberta Awards Finalists Announced

May 30 2013 12:00AM



CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/30/13 -- Digital Alberta is pleased to announce the 2013 finalists for the annual Digital Alberta Awards. The finalists have been selected from a pool of over 100 excellent nominees in 16 categories spanning from Best Digital Startup, to Best Animation and Special Effects, to Best Digital Philanthropy Innovation.

The awards program is designed to recognize leaders in innovation, creativity and the evolving digital media sector in Alberta. A full list of nominees and categories are detailed below.

The ceremony will take place at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton on June 2nd, 2013 from 5:30-9:30 pm. The 2013 Digital Alberta awards are sponsored by CMF, Robots and Pencils, Alberta Film, Yellow Pencil, Pixel Blue, Graphos, Norton Rose, LiftInteractive, BenefitDeck, Grant Macewan, Strong Coffee Marketing and Achilles/nextMEDIA. Additional sponsors include: AccleratorYYC, BucketDuck Inc, Calder Bateman, Chelsea Klukas Creative, Device Media, Guru Digital Arts College, Innovate Calgary, Marketwire and The Agency.

Commenting on the awards, Digital Alberta President Michelle Sklar said, "Now in our third year, we are excited to see the breadth and variety of nominees has once again expanded. Our awards categories have allowed us to again include companies that may not traditionally be considered in the realm of digital media, but have pioneered much advancement in the space both nationally and globally. We are thrilled to recognize the 'Best in Breed' in Alberta based companies."

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---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Digital Alberta 2013 Awards Finalists----------------------------------------------------------------------------Community and Education----------------------------------------------------------------------------Best in Student Interactive Digital - Jetpack Kitty, Orest Nazarewycz Media and Creative Design - St. Albert Farmers Market, Novus Design - Warped Simulacra, Jasmine Abbey----------------------------------------------------------------------------Best in E-learning - Iris Student Learning Portal, Calgary Board of Education - Discover Entrepreneurship!, Robots and Pencils Inc - Solar Energy Defenders, MindFuel----------------------------------------------------------------------------Best Digital Media Leader - Community - Duane Szafron, GRAND NCE Leader, Educator, Program Leader, or Department Head----------------------------------------------------------------------------Philanthropy----------------------------------------------------------------------------Best in Digital Philanthropy - Illuminate 2012, Edmonton on the Innovation Edge - Charity App Challenge - A Hack-a- thon for Good, Charity App Challenge----------------------------------------------------------------------------Film, Television and Gaming----------------------------------------------------------------------------Best in Cross-platform Content - Sketch 3D, GRAND NCE - Who is the Rooster?, Rocketfuel Games----------------------------------------------------------------------------Best Use of Film, Animation or - Painted Black, CH Video & Special FX Photography Inc - Tarot Giraf, Alberta College of Art and Design - AcclerateAB, Amplomedia----------------------------------------------------------------------------Best in Gaming - Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, IdeaSpark Labs - Atari Arcade, - Spy vs. Spy, Robots and Pencils Inc - Mythic Mountain, Decoder----------------------------------------------------------------------------Software, Mobile and Startups----------------------------------------------------------------------------Combined Hardware & Software - Win50 Raffle System, DevFacto Experience - Simulation Tools for Medical Training, GRAND NCE----------------------------------------------------------------------------Mobile Entertainment - Pop Quiz Show, Uppercut - Indie Shuffle, Uppercut - Global TV, Robots and Pencils Inc--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Mobile Applications - MacEwan Lib, Grant MacEwan University - FastCab - BeauCoo - HazPad Mobile Application, DevFacto - Global TV, Robots and Pencils Inc----------------------------------------------------------------------------Best In E-Commerce Solutions - Backside Tours Drupal Redevelopment, Yellow Pencil - Win50 Raffle System, DevFacto - 2BIT, Uppercut - Blame Betty, Cornerstone Technologies----------------------------------------------------------------------------Best Digital Startup - - BeauCoo - VitAlert, Graphos - MakeFashion - Versett----------------------------------------------------------------------------Design and Creative----------------------------------------------------------------------------Best Digital Design - Alberta Canada Web Redesign, Yellow Pencil - Surficial Geology of Alberta, Energy Resources Conservation Board/Alberta Geological Survey - A visualized history of the Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton Journal - ARC Resources Corporate Responsibility Report, ZGM Collaborative Marketing - Versett Digital, Versett - Make Something Edmonton, Lift Interactive Inc - Calgary Stampede Website, nonfiction studios inc----------------------------------------------------------------------------Marketing and Social Media----------------------------------------------------------------------------Best In Social Media - Alberta Battle, Versett - EV Now, Evans Hunt Group - Make Something Edmonton, Lift Interactive Inc - Market Mall Role Mothers, ZGM Collaborative Marketing - Sweet Social - A Candy Campaign, InkPlot----------------------------------------------------------------------------B2C Innovation - Bay of Quinte Tourism: Leisure Travel Website, Cult Collective - Beaucoo, BeauCoo - Connecting You to Edmonton's Past - Interactive Bus Bench Campaign, Strong Coffee Marketing----------------------------------------------------------------------------Best Digital Advertising/Marketing - The Big Burn, ZGM Collaborative Campaign Marketing - Celebrating Student Life, ZGM Collaborative Marketing - HCOM: Programs & Service, Lift Interactive Inc - Edmonton Public Art, Lift Interactive Inc -, Calder Bateman Communications----------------------------------------------------------------------------

About Digital Alberta:

Digital Alberta is an industry-led organization devoted to promoting and connecting the thriving digital media community across Alberta, Canada. Through professional development workshops, advocacy work, education, event, and business development activity, Digital Alberta is building the digital media industry provincially and promoting it abroad.

The digital media industry is defined as the creative convergence of digital arts, science, technology and business for human expression, communication, social interaction, and education. The industry spans several disciplines, including but not limited to: audio, video, game design, animation, modeling, simulation, and interactive design.

In Alberta, digital media is considered a key contributor to the provincial ICT industry which is made up of 6,300 companies, 57,000 employees, and generating over $450 million in annual revenues. Areas of key growth in Alberta's digital media industry include: social media content and applications, interactive entertainment, content and applications for mobile devices, e-learning and games for training and education, interactive marketing, and finally standards-based web design and development.

Digital Alberta
Arleigh Vasconcellos
403 561 4810
arleigh (at) digitalalberta (dot) com

Source: Marketwire