Community | 12 September 2017 - by

The Digital Awards - Winner Profiles

Winner: Best Hardware category

Why: APD Communications’ customer relations management technology is helping emergency services to communicate with the public faster and better than ever before. With one in two police forces using APD technology, the business is going from strength to strength.

What the judges said: “Reliable hardware development is one of the most challenging areas of our industry and the judges remarked that our region was particularly blessed by the existence of so many globally relevant digital hardware companies. Choosing APD after assessing a video of the company’s Artemis product in use, the judges remarked on the critical nature of the information gathered and the dynamic way this was displayed.”

Learn more: @apdcomms

Winner: Best Mobile App category

Why: Sauce’s app helps green energy giant Siemens to co-ordinate the shift patterns of its 600 workers. The app allows HR and shift leaders to update information on staff and to a mobile app which staff can access to see their working patterns and predicted overtime. This functional, intuitive and attractive app eliminates the need for a more cumbersome paper-based HR system.

What the judges said: “The judges were not only impressed by the tremendously clever app that Sauce has created for Siemens, they also noted the fact that Sauce was clearly not a ‘one product company’, and remarked on the rapid rise of the business.”

Learn more: @wearesauceio

Winner: Young Digital Person of the Year category

Why: Courtney Harris is an outstanding example of a young person using advanced digital skills to make a huge impact to her employer’s business. Having joined Hull-based specialist engineering business Spencer Group three years ago as a CAD Apprentice, Courtney now delivers highly complex designs for the company’s largest, most business-critical projects. Significant elements of the £200m Energy Works power plant taking shape in Hull are being built using Courtney’s civil, structural and architectural designs.

What the judges said: “Courtney was up against some tough competition but the judges recognised that she was a role model for others who wanted to get into the world of digital/engineering, and were impressed by Courtney’s amazing testimonials.”

Learn more: @Spencer_Group

Winner: Best Use of Technology with Education category

Why: Launched in 2017, Digitull is a web-platform designed to give children of all ages and abilities the chance to share their creativity, and love for their city with the world. From artwork to video production, photography to blog writing, Digitull allows more than 100 schools and 24,000 students to safely share their work as well as ideas and challenges with each other, creating a rich tapestry of everything going on in the classroom during Hull’s UK City of Culture 2017 year.

What the judges said: “This category was an exciting and widely varied category to judge – but the standout winner was Digitull, due to the massive take-up of the project by local schools and also the ultra-topical content relating to the area’s 2017 legacy.”

Learn more: @digitull2017

Winner: Best Global Reach category

Why: Trident creates digital packaging assets for the world’s best known brands. Founded in 1993, Trident employs 750 people worldwide – including its more than 30-strong, Hull-based development team - turning over £50million in the process.  The business has recently opened a new facility in Chennai, created to support global customers and to create growth within the Indian market. This adds to the company’s current locations in Hull, Nottingham, Cincinatti, Charlotte, Toronto, Mexico City, Singapore, Guangzhou and Sydney.

What the judges said: “The judges said all of the entries served to highlight how innovation, ambition and a market-leading proposition can create significant global reach and real world impact. But Trident stood out as a global market leader, which continues to innovate, explore new markets and expand into different territories, most recently opening a new office in India.”

Learn more: @Sonoco_Products