Winners of the 2018 Hull and East Yorkshire Digital Awards revealed
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 21 Sep 2018
The winners of the 2018 Hull and East Yorkshire Digital Awards have been revealed at a star-studded ceremony at the city’s new Bonus Arena.
Hull’s top tech talents descended on the new venue to celebrate the achievements of a digital community which is rapidly gaining recognition for its innovation and invention.
Ten category awards were presented at this year’s ceremony, on a night which also crowned the Junior Digital Champion and revealed the recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Contribution Award.
The night was hosted by comedian, writer and star of Channel Four’s Balls of Steel, Mark Dolan.
Speeches were also given by Hull’s Digital Ambassador David Keel, KCOM’s executive vice president Sean Royce, and Hull Daily Mail’s managing director Mike Pennington.
Here are all the winners from the 2018 HEY Digital Awards.
Best Mobile App
Best Mobile App winner Retain by Global View Systems. (Image: Richard Addison)
Retain, by Global View Systems – The app has become a central cog in the country’s retained firefighter service, helping to notify crews of incidents, track and map firefighters, and timetable teams.
Retain runs on both Android and Apple devices, and gives firefighters their own profile, complete with personal details and a photograph.
Other features of the app include tracking the number of hours firefighters have worked, and providing detailed statistics on response times. The UK fire service simply would not function without Retain.
Runners-up - Sauce/Ideal Boilers, Trade Chimp
Young Digital Person of the Year
Young Digital Person of the Year Hayden Barton. (Image: Richard Addison)
Hayden Barton – Hayden started out where many young children find themselves - sitting at home taking things apart simply to find out how they work and how to put them back together again.
Fast forward around 15 years though, and the Hull entrepreneur is now creating the world’s smallest arduino – a microcontroller which can be used to control almost any electrical product.
Working from the C4DI, Hayden has made a name for himself as one of the most exciting digital brains in the city. With plans to create even smaller arduinos in the future, and an ever-growing client list from around the world, Hayden is one to watch.
Runners-up - Matt Wildbore, Jenni Harrison
Best Digital Start-Up
Best Digital Start-Up winner Good2learn. (Image: Richard Addison)
Good2Learn – Using short video lessons and interactive questions, the new education company aims to boost English and maths skills in young people outside of the classroom.
The cloud-based Good2Learn programme can be used on any computer or mobile device, and supports key stage two learning. Led by Paul Mandalia, Good2Learn hopes to “bridge the ever-growing gap between what children learn at school and what they learn at home.”
Parents can also use the programme to monitor their child’s progress, and take part in lessons with them. They may even find they have forgotten a few things themselves!
Runners-up - Bloom Creative, Mattix Design
Best Use of Technology in Education
Best Use of Technology in Education winner Ron Dearing UTC, (Image: Richard Addison)
Ron Dearing UTC – Since opening its doors last year in Hull, Ron Dearing UTC has demonstrated an innovate, tech-based approach to education.
Virtual reality, 3D printing, language coding and advanced social media are just some of the methods adopted to give students the best possible learning experience.
The college hit the headlines at the end of 2017 when it was thought to be the first school in the UK to unveil a dedicated virtual reality centre, and with impressive partnerships to some of Hull’s biggest digital businesses, Ron Dearing is waving goodbye to old-school teaching methods, and providing a glimpse into the future of education.
Runners-up - Serious Geo Games, Hull Pixelbot
Best e-Commerce winner Matakki Scissors (Image: Richard Addison)
Matakki Scissors – The Japanese scissor market may not be a business many can say they are familiar with, but Matakki Scissors is doing its bit to put itself on the map.
A large investment into its online presence has seen the arrival of a new, user-friendly website, complete with a full catalogue of its bespoke products. Matakki has combined its new website with an impressive use of social media, increasing its visibility and strengthening its brand.
Matakki is proving the days of traditional selling and marketing have long gone, and has taken to the internet to drive business forwards. With more than 50,000 followers across all platforms, Matakki is reaping the rewards with a solid increase in sales.
Runners-up - Turner Price, Rising Sun Commerce
Best Digital Marketing Communication
Best Digital Marketing Communication winner Bonus Arena (Image: Richard Addison.)
Bonus Arena – The Bonus Arena is Hull’s new 3,500-seater arts, music and events complex which hopes to attract big names to the city.
The launch of any major venue needs to be accompanied by a strong marketing campaign, and the team at Bonus Arena did not disappoint.
Read more: Bonus boss's pride at Hull arena sponsorship
Using social media, regional press and a sparkling website, the first announcements for shows reached more than a quarter of a million people.
Today, more than 30,000 people have liked the Facebook page, more than 20,000 are on the arena’s mailing list, and the website has seen 168,000 unique visitors. A total of seven million people have been reached across all channels. The hype for the arena is real, and demonstrated the importance of a powerful marketing campaign.
Runners-up - StyleTech Solutions, Sowden & Sowden for Freedom Festival
Best Digital Innovation
Best Digital Innovation winner APD Communications (Image: Richard Addison)
APD Communications – APD Communications serves almost 70 per cent of UK police forces, and helps control rooms run more efficiently and effectively.
The Cloud Control Room is able to manage incoming calls and messages, along with social media feeds, as well as track officers’ locations.
An example of how the software could be used involves the rising problem of knife crime. Using the programme, when an alarmed member of the public rings to report someone with a knife, a message could flash up on the control room operator’s screen, giving step-by-step instructions on how to respond. It could also highlight available officers equipped with stab vests, to aid in police safety.
Runners-up - Moodbeam, Sauce/Ideal Boilers
Best Hardware winner Nerdonic, run by Hayden Barton (Image: Richard Addison)
Nerdonic – Nerdonic is the name of the company run by inspiring entrepreneur Hayden Barton. With roots lying in the east Hull home of Hayden’s parents, Nerdonic is now based in the C4DI, alongside a host of some of the city’s top tech brains.
The company has already created the world’s smallest 32-bit microcontroller, that is fully Arduino compatible. Measuring the size of a 5p coin, and weighing less than a single gram, the Exen Mini allows users to create smaller, more powerful projects.
Nerdonic is now busy manufacturing a range of upcoming electronics, including GPS trackers and high-tech vehicle lighting.
Runners-up - Hull Pixelbot, Moodbeam
Best Global Reach
Best Global Reach award winner EFI Escada (Image: Richard Addison)
EFI Escada – For the past three decades, Escada has specialised in providing bespoke plant-wide solutions across the corrugated industry.
With customers in more than 30 countries around the world – speaking over 25 different languages – Escada has truly made its mark on a global scale. Using its state-of-the-art products to secure commercial opportunities around the world, Escada has completed more than 300 jobs in countries ranging from Australia, Malaysia and New Zealand to Russia, Canada and Chile.
The company’s work is not yet done though, with plans to expand its operations in the UK and recruit new talent to support its booming customer base.
Runners-up - Helen Gill, Chatta
Best Emerging Technology
Best Emerging Technology winner OctoVision Media
Octovision Media – The drone technology business has already wowed customers with never-before-seen images and film, combining 360-degree tours and panoramic footage across the city.
Aerial filming is done in impressive 4K ultra high definition, while 360 degree filming can also be combined with Augmented Reality technology to give the user a fully-immersive experience.
Octovision is also doing its bit to inspire and educate the next generation. The company has close links with the Ron Dearing UTC and Stepney Primary School, and is currently developing a Drones for Schools programme which hopes to pass on the powers of drone technology.
Runner-up - Upstream Health
Junior Digital Champion
Junior Digital Champion Javid Mann (right) with David Keel (Image: Richard Addison.)
Winner - Javid Mann
Outstanding Contribution Award
Outstanding Contribution Award winner Jonathan Elvidge (left) with KCOM's Sean Royce (Image: Richard Addison.)
Winner - Jonathan Elvidge