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St Anne's Cathedral to host Digital DNA's big tech awards show

By John Mulgrew

A top tech awards show and conference is coming back to Belfast.

The Digital DNA Awards, in partnership with MCS Group, will celebrate success and recognise companies and individuals who are "pushing the boundaries of technology".

And time is running out with the deadline for submissions this Friday (May 12).

The awards will be held as part of Digital DNA's official dinner, with more than 400 guests descending on St Anne's Cathedral. The Belfast Telegraph is the official media partner for Digital DNA 2017.

Digital experts from organisations including Google, Twitter, YouTube, Adobe, Motorola and Microsoft will give their insights into cutting-edge technology and digital trends this summer as Belfast plays host to over 2,000 delegates from over 25 countries.

Digital DNA's marketing manager Matthew O'Connor said: "At Digital DNA we have always believed in the importance of recognising and celebrating excellence in digital technology and for the second year, we're rewarding the success of that excellence with an incredible evening of celebration in one of Belfast's most iconic landmarks, St Anne's Cathedral.

"We've always been passionate about recognising and acknowledging the ambition, dedication and energy it takes to succeed in the digital world and we want to reward those who are having a positive impact in their company or industry.

"We believe that organisations who strive to evolve with the help of advances in technology should be rewarded. These awards are for the companies and individuals that challenge that status quo, not follow it."

Louise Smyth, commercial director of principal sponsor MCS Group, said: "We're absolutely delighted to support the Digital DNA Awards and to recognise the talent that exists within Northern Ireland and further afield.

"We're really looking forward to a spectacular evening in St Anne's Cathedral and to reward those individuals and organisations who are leading the way in digital and technology.

"Over the past number of years, Northern Ireland has seen a huge shift to become an intrinsic part of the digital economy. The skill set and talent that we have here in Northern Ireland has attracted some of the biggest technology names to our shores and we're pleased to work closely with these companies to find the best talent to fit roles. With this growth only continuing, we believe it's important to promote and reward entrepreneurs and businesses who are succeeding to show the world that Northern Ireland really has become a tech hub."

Digital DNA will recognise individuals and organisations across 12 categories, ranging from 'Young Person of the Year' supported by Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council, 'E-Commerce Project of the Year' supported by Ireland's Domain Registry, to 'Most Impactful Tech Multinational' supported by Onecom & Samsung.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Garath Keating said: "We are thrilled to support the Digital DNA Young Person of the Year Award as it complements our aspirations to grow the economy and commitment to the next generation as part of our Digital Youth Programme."

As part of Digital DNA, keynote speakers, interactive workshops, master classes and panel discussions will look at topics like spyware, data protection, content marketing, analytics, cloud storage, bitcoin, mobile payments, growth hacking and responding to consumer and market demands.

One notable keynote speaker is Ruth McEntee, head of sales in Ireland for YouTube. Ruth has been working at YouTube's owner Google for over 11 years.

The 12 categories available for entry at Digital DNA Awards, in partnership with MCS Group, are:

• Business Personality of the Year

• Young Person of the Year

• Entrepreneur of the Year

• Developer of the Year

• E-Commerce Project of the Year

• Best Social Media Campaign

• Digital Team of the Year

• App of the Year

• Startup of the Year

• Most Impactful Multinational

• Company Website of the Year

• Digital Company of the Year

Deadline for entries is Friday (May 12) at 23.59, with the finalists to be announced the following week.

Entries are submitted online via Digital DNA's website, but with the entry deadline this Friday you need to be quick!

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