The DANI Awards are the Northern Ireland’s premier Digital Industry Awards, celebrating excellence within the digital sector. The DANI Awards are your opportunity to shine and demonstrate the outstanding work in your field. Now the 5th year of the event, the DANI Awards connects the Provinces digital leaders through its annual ceremony.


Any company within NI or working with an NI business, whether public, private or community and voluntary sector can enter the DANI Awards, regardless of size. The DANI Awards has a range of categories suited to a wide variety of organisations; from large private and public companies through to thriving entrepreneurial businesses, promising start-ups, social enterprises and established SMEs 




Key Dates

29TH May


Harlem Cafe, Bedford St, Belfast

31st July


21st August

Shortlist Announced

18th September

Gala Evening

St Columbs Hall, Derry




News & Media

Categories to be announced.

Not for Profit

Categories to be announced.

Fashion & Retail

Categories to be announced.

Manufacturing & Engineering

Categories to be announced.

Tourism & Hospitality

Categories to be announced.


From primary school learning to advanced technology-related tips, these are digital projects that help you learn. Entries for this category should include projects that inform or support target groups that may be difficult to reach using traditional methods.

The submission should also include clearly identified objectives, project innovation and originality, impact of performance and market growth potential.

Rising Star

The Rising Star awards will be a company with an exciting vision for the future that has demonstrable credibility in terms of team, industry experience, and financing commitments. As a rising star, their company's rate of expansion in recent years is an important factor and it will be judged against the demanding criteria that exist for its peers.

All areas of within the Digital Industries are eligible for this award. The entry for this category should include a brief overview of the business, its growth plans, what makes them stand out from their competitors and their vision for the future.

Digital Agency of the Year

This award will be given to the agency (creative, media or technical) that has consistently delivered the most creative, effective and innovative work for its clients in the last year.

Digital Business Person of the Year

We are looking for an inspirational Person of the Year. Someone motivated and determined. A person with vision, flair and confidence. The Person of the Year will be successful in Digital Industries.

The nominations should include evidence of the contribution to the Digital Industries sector, with some evidence of their work. However they do it, they inspire people around them. What have they done in 2014 / 2015 that sets them apart from their peers?


Entry Process

Your DANI Awards entry must adhere to the rules below:

1. All entries must have been live to market between 1st January 2014 and 12th July 2015. Entries cannot have been entered previously.

2. Do not include password protection.

3. Work entered into more than one category must be treated as a completely separate entry. Multiple entries can be made.

4. All entries must be supplied and conform to category rules/submission formats. Entries must be received by no later than 5pm Friday 31st July.

5. Please note that entries received after this deadline will not be considered.

6. Entries are open to ALL businesses, who work within NI or work with NI clients.

7. The judges reserve the right to re-allocate entries that in their view are entered in an incorrect category.

8. The organisers reserve the right to publish/exhibit screen grabs and/or submitted reports in relation to the awards.

9. The organisers reserve the right to verify that all entries have been commercially produced for a commercial client where relevant.

10. The judges' decision is final.

11. All entries submitted must be legal. Any entries containing offensive material will be disqualified

How to enter

Simply select the category or categories that apply most, check the criteria to ensure you qualify, and submit your entry online. Please note that each entry submitted must be submitted by 5pm Friday 31st July 2015 to be considered for shortlisting.

Your entry can be up to 1,500 words long, submitted in PDF format and should address the key points mentioned within the entry guidelines. Small images can be included. Your PDFs must not exceed eight pages. Total submission must not be above 6MB in total. We advise the use of images optimised for the web at 72 dpi. Sound bites and video links can be uploaded to support your entry.


Rewarding the Best


Judging Process


The entries to The DANI Awards are inspected by our panel of judges who rate each entry according to the judging criteria of the category. The entries that are rated highest are then included in the category shortlists.


Selecting Nominees

The shortlists are whittled down to a maximum of 5 Nominees per category, based on a closed ballot of each category. In the event of a tie, the Chairperson of the Judging panel will cast the tie-breaking vote. Judges may not vote in any category in which they have a direct conflict of interest.

Selecting Winners

TIn the majority of cases the winner of each category will be the Nominee that receives the most votes in a closed ballot. In the event of a tie, the Chairperson of the Judging Panel will cast the tie-breaking vote. Once the winner has been selected, members of the Judging Panel will be asked to approve the selection. If over 50% of the Judging Panel reject the selection the ballot will be recast.


All award entries are treated with the highest of confidence. Judges may not vote for an entry in which they have a conflict of interest (where this occurs the Judge will be asked to leave the panel at that stage).

Our Judges

The entries to The DANI Awards are inspected by our panel of judges who rate each entry according to the judging criteria of the category. The entries that are rated highest are then included in the category shortlists.



Details to be confirmed

Rewarding the Best



September 18th 2015
St. Columbs Hall, Derry

Phone: (028) 8775 9784

Email: info@thedaniawards.co.uk

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