The Big Chip Awards has 20 awards categories, plus an additional two awards that are given out to those entries that have impressed the most that year.

This means there are 22 opportunities in total to pick up an award on the night, which this year will be held at Manchester’s historic Midland Hotel on Thursday 2nd July.

The categories

A full list of this year’s categories and each category’s criteria can be found on our website.

Of note, the Best E-Business category has now been split into two new categories; Best B2B E-Business Project and Best B2C E-Business Project, and a new category, Best Use of Content Marketing, has also been introduced.

In addition, Best Application of Technology has now been replaced by the Most Innovative Application of Technology award, while Best Use of Gaming has now been replaced with the Best Game award. Both of these awards now have revised criteria, as do the Best Start Up and Best Freelancer/Micro Enterprise awards.

Of the two awards that are handed out in addition to the 20 categories, the Anthony Wilson Original Modern Award is chosen by a special guest judge from all the entries that have been shortlisted that year. This year’s special guest judge is the celebrated graphic artist and Royal Society of Arts fellow Malcolm Garrett. The award is given out in memory of the late Tony Wilson, who compered the Awards from 2002-2007. In addition to being a presenter and journalist, and the joint founder of Factory Records - which was so influential in helping to create the Madchester music scene of the early Nineties, along with the world-famous Hacienda nightclub, which he founded - Tony was also a committed supporter of the North West’s digital industries. We hope this award serves as a fitting tribute in memory of a great man.

Finally, the Grand Prix award is chosen from the shortlists of the other categories and goes to the submission that the judges feel to be the best overall entry of the year. The winner of this year’s award will be in good company, with previous winners including last year’s winner Code Computerlove, TBWA\Manchester and The Neighbourhood, who won the award in both 2007 and 2008.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to enter the Big Chip Awards, you or your company must be based in the North of England and have undertaken a digital project in the last year, as well as also fitting the criteria of the specific category or categories you wish to enter.

How to enter

Entry is made via the form on our website. We’ve also uploaded a How to Enter Guide to give you all the information you’ll need to know. Your first two entries are free and any additional entries will cost £95. The deadline for entries is Monday 16 March at 5pm.

As always, if you need any more help or information, please don’t hesitate to email us at: We look forward to hearing from you!