Entries for Big Chip - the UK’s most established digital and technology awards - open today,
with a number of exciting new categories to showcase the best industry talent across the
North of England.

Now celebrating its 20 th year, the not-for- profit awards – run by independent trade
association Manchester Digital – seek to recognise the outstanding range of work
undertaken across the region’s digital and tech sector. Submissions from digital and tech
businesses, innovative organisations and inspirational individuals are welcomed from
anywhere between the Scottish border and Derbyshire.

Run by - and for - the industry, the awards are renowned for their consistent high standards
and the integrity of the judging process.

New for 2018, entrants have the chance to be recognised in two new categories: Best
Application of Machine Learning and the Big Chip Creative Impact Award.

As in previous years, entries will be judged by a panel of the UK’s most distinguished digital
and tech experts, led by graphic design innovator Malcolm Garrett and with Baroness
Martha Lane Fox – founder of lastminute.com during the dot.com boom of the early 2000s
and Chancellor of the Open University – as special guest judge to choose the winner of the
prestigious Anthony Wilson Award.

There are 19 entry categories, spanning the entire digital sector in areas including search,
UX, gaming and animation, whilst rising stars will be recognised in the student and
apprentice categories.

The deadline for entries is Monday 19 th March, with the shortlist announced on Thursday 3 rd
May ahead of the ceremony on Wednesday 4 th July at Manchester’s Hilton hotel.

Chair of the Big Chip Steering Group, Shaun Fensom, said: “Over 20 years we’ve seen big
changes in the digital and tech scene – and throughout Big Chip has been there – driven by
and helping to drive the evolving industry, highlighting the best work in the North.

This year I’m looking forward to see entries from new entrants and in new areas – like our
new Best Application of Machine Learning category – along with the usual high standard of
entries from the bigger tech and digital players in the North that have grown so much over
the history of Big Chip.

Lawrence Jones, CEO of headline sponsor UKFast, added: “Big Chip is a long-standing
symbol of the incredible strength in our digital and tech sectors – and one which we are
honoured to play a part in. I’m thrilled to sponsor the event once again, and to help shine a
light on our leading digital talent.”

The Big Chip Awards will be held at Manchester’s Hilton Hotel on Wednesday 4 th July 2018.
Entries can be submitted online at http://bigchipawards.com. The first two entries are free.
Subsequent entries cost £95 each.