A great evening
The first Big Chip to take place in the Midland Hotel was completely sold out, with tables squeezed into every space available. Following his success as the compère at the 2013 awards, Andrew Ryan returned and kept the audience with him as he invited audience members on stage and teased them about their tweets and the way they were dressed.
- Full details of all the winners here
- View a gallery of the photos here
- The 2014 judging panel here
- The 2014 awards sponsors here
- The 2014 categories here
- The 2014 shortlist here
The top awards were won by Code Computerlove, who took the Grand Prix and Best Use of Mobile, Manchester City Council, who won the Anthony Wilson Original Modern Award along with the Best Public Sector Project, and KMP Digitata, who won the Big Chip Digital Agency Award.
Big winners were Ubiquitous, who won Best Use of Animation and Best Use of Visual Design, as well as being commended for Best Use of Animation. Rhythm won the prestigious Big Chip Imagination Award as well as being commended for Best Use of Mobile. Thoughtworks won the Best Application of Technology and the Little Chip Placement/Apprentice Award with their apprentice Raluca Puichilita.
Other winners were: Space 48 for Best E-business Project, Manchester District Music Archive for Best Not for Profit Project, Shout Digital for Best User Experience, Mediaworks Online Marketing for Best Use of Search, Rule 5 for Best Use of Social, Playdemic for Best Use of Gaming, MBNA Digital Team for Best Digital Marketing Campaign, Purple Riot for Best Digital Branding Campaign, Salford University for Little Chip Student Award, Degree53 for Best Start-up, and Mighty Giant for Best Established Freelancer/Micro-Enterprise.
Dave Carter, well known to people in the Manchester digital scene and recently retired from the city council as head of the Manchester Digital Development Agency, gave a rousing speech before awarding the Big Chip Imagination Award. He celebrated the history of the digital scene in Manchester and the north - going back to 1989 - and called for better access to finance and support for small businesses and an end to misrepresentation of "superfast broadband" that is anything but.
The awards made a massive impact on twitter with no break in tweets all through the night.
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Big Chip 2014 saw a record number of entries - far more than ever before. Entries closed on Monday 24th March and the shortlist was announced on 1 May 2014.
Click here to see the shortlist
The 2014 awards were sponsored by headline sponsor UKFast for the second year running.
There were 20 entry categories and two special awards chosen from the shortlists.
There were two new entry categories. Best User Experience for the best work in this increasingly vital area. The Little Chip Placement/Apprentice Award to celebrate the best apprentice or student on placement or work experience.
The judging panel included journalists Bill Thompson of the BBC and Daniel Nye Griffiths of Wired and Forbes, renowned designer Al Scott FRSA, games guru Thayer Prime, Thinking Digital founder Herb Kim, Dr David Kreps of Salford University and well-known Manchester agency entrepreneur Liane Grimshaw. Michael Nutley was in the chair for the 11th year running.