The Digital Awards have been embraced by businesses as a commitment to the fast-growing need for digital technology in the work environment.
Since launching in 2013, the Digital Awards have expanded to recognise online business and innovation, crowning hundreds of winners and engaging with a community that stretches deep into every industry and demographic.
Our long-term mission is to help grow the digital skillset of each county, an aim which has helped those involved with the Digital Awards to network with like-minded organisations in an effective and positive way.
The digital landscape is exciting and eclectic because it is not exclusive. With that in mind we have always aimed to encourage entry to the Digital Awards from any industry, organisation or individual. It is a testament to this attitude that so many of our attendees forge relationships which last long after the event has finished.
To date, the Digital Awards have received many thousands of entries, with our sponsors benefitting from exposure to individuals, small, medium and large businesses, multinational corporations, charities, schools, emergency services, public sector organisations and many more.
What are the categories for 2018?
Use of Social Media for Business
Use of Video for Business
Website: Lifestyle & Culture
Website: Marketing & Creative
Website: School, Education or Charity
Website: Small Business
Website: Sports & Entertainment
Website: Tourism & Hospitality
Who can enter?
If you’re based in any of these locations, or you are based outside Essex but the work you are entering is for a client in one of those locations, you are eligible to enter.
When is the closing date for 2018?
Entry for the Essex Digital Awards 2018 closes at 5pm on 9 February 2018. There are strictly no extensions to this deadline.
Can I enter more than once?
Yes. For example, if you are a web designer and you’ve built websites for a number of clients, you can enter them all separately.
Once I have submitted the entry form, is that the end of the entry process?
Yes. Our panel will judge your entry on merit – your links and supporting information are enough for them to see what you’ve done and to score the work against their criteria.
How do I find out if I’m a finalist?
Finalists are announced on this website shortly after the entry closes, posted on our social networks and contacted by email. For exact dates, please keep an eye on our latest news.
When is EDA18? And when can I buy tickets?
Dates and ticket information for the EDA presentation evenings are generally published during the entry period. Following the announcement of finalists, tickets are placed on general sale. While we will endeavour to make tickets available to anyone who wishes to attend, no guarantees of ticket availability can be made to finalists.
What are the available awards for each category?
There are three prizes available for each category – gold, silver and bronze.
How does the judging process work?
The judging process is very simple and fair. No judge or sponsor is allowed to enter the awards themselves. As organisers we do not judge any awards. There’s no ‘judging day’, as we feel this keeps things fairer and avoids any potential for a judge to influence another judge. Entries are supplied digitally to judges along with judging criteria, they then take time to score each entry impartially and return their findings to us, the organisers.