2013 Digital Alberta Awards Winners Announced

EDMONTON, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- Jun 03, 2013 -- Digital Alberta is pleased to announce the winners for the annual Digital Alberta Awards. This year's gala was held at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton on Sunday June 2nd, 2013 where the judges selected 16 winners from a pool of over 100 deserving finalists.

The Digital Alberta Awards ceremony honours digital industry experts in Alberta, ranging from philanthropy, film, software, community and education, television and gaming, mobile and start-ups, design and creative, to marketing and social media. Some of the highlights for the evening included and amazing display of steampunk circus antics and visuals.

Owen Brierley, President of Digital Alberta, said, "This year's awards were an incredible opportunity to celebrate the province's most influential digital leaders and gave us a glimpse into the future of digital, mobile, media and technology in Alberta."

In addition to the judged categories, a People's Choice award for the Most Inspirational Digital Leader is conducted through an online vote where the winner is selected by his or her peers in the digital sector. This year's victor is Kevin Hayes from Pixel Blue College. The other inspirational leaders nominated alongside Kevin Hayes were: Shaun Brandt from Versett, David Cronin from DevFacto, Dana DiTomaso from Kick Point, Trevor Doerksen from Mobovivo, Sean Healy from Touch Metric Inc., Christians Izquierdo from DevFacto, Brittney Le Blanc from Capital Ideas Edmonton, Adam Rozenhart from Calder Bateman, Steve Seeley from Studio Dialog and Kylie Toh from Chic Geek YYC.

"We are just thrilled about the impact of this year's event," commented Michelle Sklar, Past President of Digital Alberta. "It has really built on the success of last year and has grown in both scope and submissions. Congratulations to all of our nominees, finalists and winners."

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.


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                     Digital Alberta 2013 Award Winners                     
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Community and Education                                                     
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Best in Student Interactive Digital    Jetpack Kitty, Orest Nazarewycz      
 Media and Creative Design                                                  
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Best in E-learning                     Solar Energy Defenders, MindFuel     
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Best Digital Media Leader - Community  Duane Szafron, GRAND NCE             
 Leader, Educator, Program Leader, or                                       
 Department Head                                                            
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Philanthropy                                                                
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Best Digital Philanthropy Innovation   Charity App Challenge - A Hack-a-thon
                                        for Good                            
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Film, Television and Gaming                                                 
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Best in Cross-platform Content         Sketch 3D, GRAND NCE                 
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Best Use of Film, Animation or         Painted Black, CH Video & Photography
 Special FX                             Inc                                 
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Best in Gaming                         Spy vs Spy, Robots and Pencils Inc   
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Software, Mobile and Startups                                               
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Combined Hardware & Software           Simulation Tools for Medical         
 Experience                             Training, GRAND NCE                 
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Mobile Entertainment                   Pop Quiz Show, Uppercut              
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Mobile Applications                    Beaucoo                              
                                       Honourable Mention: FastCab          
                                        Smartphone App                      
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Best In E-Commerce Solutions           Blame Betty, Cornerstone Technologies
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Best Digital Startup                   BeauCoo                                         
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Design  and  Creative                                                                                                                  
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Best  Digital  Design                                        ARC  Resources  Corporate                            
                                                                                Responsibility  Report,  ZGM                    
                                                                                Collaborative  Marketing                          
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Marketing  and  Social  Media                                                                                                    
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Best  In  Social  Media                                      Make  Something  Edmonton,  Lift                
                                                                                Interactive  Inc                                          
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B2C  Innovation                                                  Connecting  You  to  Edmonton's  Past  -    
                                                                                Interactive  Bus  Bench  Campaign,          
                                                                                Strong  Coffee  Marketing                          
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Best  Digital  Advertising/Marketing          The  Big  Burn,  ZGM  Collaborative            
  Campaign                                                              Marketing                                                      
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