As each year goes on, and as the Big Chip Awards continue to mature alongside the industry, it’s clear that the only way is up. 2016 has been another phenomenal year, with the standard and quality of Big Chip entries superseding our expectations – yet again!

With companies producing dazzling digital work over the course of the past 12 months, leaving their impression both on the region’s economy and further afield, whittling down the hundreds of entries to even 88 has been a real challenge for our panel of judges. This year, our judging day was held at headline sponsor, UK Fast’s headquarters and saw our panel in deliberations all day, faced with the difficult task of narrowing down category shortlists.

Our judges have, as always, been appointed on the basis of their digital and tech prowess – it’s imperative for the Big Chip Awards to be presided over by a panel reflective of our reputation and standing within the industry. It’s been a privilege to work with this year’s panel which is made up of design guru Malcolm Garrett (last year’s special guest judge), the BBC’s Bill Thompson, co-founder of Talenthouse Maya Bogle, Herb Kim, founder of Thinking Digital Conference, Plusnet founder Lee Strafford, Patrick Altoft of VP Ventures, Sam Michel of Chinwag, Jon Bradford co-founder of F6S, Dr David Kreps of Salford University, Emily Louise Higgins of C3UK, Alastair Cole from the Engine Group and long-standing judge Al Scott FRSA of C3, who has been chairing this year’s proceedings. 

Not only has the standard of entries been higher than ever, it’s been a great year for the region as a whole – with entries coming from right across the North. Those who produced outstanding digital work worthy of the Big Chip shortlist have come from Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham, Preston, Sunderland, Sheffield, Huddersfield, Warrington and Chester. Special mention should also be given to Greater Manchester, bossing it this year by laying claim to 63 of the 88 places on the shortlist. You can find the full shortlist here.

In amidst all of the excitement of the shortlist reveal, we should probably point out that tickets are selling like hot cakes and we’re expecting they’ll all be snapped up pretty soon. If you want to make sure you’re there to see your company triumph and take home that coveted Big Chip, we suggest you act fast and secure your tickets. Further information can be found here.

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This year’s ceremony will be held at Manchester’s historic Midland Hotel on 23 June 2016.