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Digital Alberta Awards Finalists Announced

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - May 30, 2013) - Digital Alberta is pleased to announce the 2013 finalists for the annual Digital Alberta Awards. The finalists have been selected from a pool of over 100 excellent nominees in 16 categories spanning from Best Digital Startup, to Best Animation and Special Effects, to Best Digital Philanthropy Innovation.

The awards program is designed to recognize leaders in innovation, creativity and the evolving digital media sector in Alberta. A full list of nominees and categories are detailed below.

The ceremony will take place at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton on June 2nd, 2013 from 5:30-9:30 pm. The 2013 Digital Alberta awards are sponsored by CMF, Robots and Pencils, Alberta Film, Yellow Pencil, Pixel Blue, Graphos, Norton Rose, LiftInteractive, BenefitDeck, Grant Macewan, Strong Coffee Marketing and Achilles/nextMEDIA. Additional sponsors include: AccleratorYYC, BucketDuck Inc, Calder Bateman, Chelsea Klukas Creative, Device Media, Guru Digital Arts College, Innovate Calgary, Marketwire and The Agency.

Commenting on the awards, Digital Alberta President Michelle Sklar said, "Now in our third year, we are excited to see the breadth and variety of nominees has once again expanded. Our awards categories have allowed us to again include companies that may not traditionally be considered in the realm of digital media, but have pioneered much advancement in the space both nationally and globally. We are thrilled to recognize the 'Best in Breed' in Alberta based companies."

To purchase a ticket to attend the 2013 Digital Alberta awards visit www.awards.digitalalberta.com.

Digital Alberta 2013 Awards Finalists
Community and Education
Best in Student Interactive Digital Media and Creative Design - Jetpack Kitty, Orest Nazarewycz
- St. Albert Farmers Market, Novus Design
- Warped Simulacra, Jasmine Abbey
Best in E-learning - Iris Student Learning Portal, Calgary Board of Education
- Discover Entrepreneurship!, Robots and Pencils Inc
- Solar Energy Defenders, MindFuel
Best Digital Media Leader - Community Leader, Educator, Program Leader, or Department Head - Duane Szafron, GRAND NCE
Best in Digital Philanthropy Innovation - Illuminate 2012, Edmonton on the Edge
- Charity App Challenge - A Hack-a-thon for Good, Charity App Challenge
Film, Television and Gaming
Best in Cross-platform Content - Sketch 3D, GRAND NCE
- Who is the Rooster?, Rocketfuel Games
Best Use of Film, Animation or Special FX - Painted Black, CH Video & Photography Inc
- Tarot Giraf, Alberta College of Art and Design
- AcclerateAB, Amplomedia
Best in Gaming - Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, IdeaSpark Labs
- Atari Arcade, gskinner.com
- Spy vs. Spy, Robots and Pencils Inc
- Mythic Mountain, Decoder
Software, Mobile and Startups
Combined Hardware & Software Experience - Win50 Raffle System, DevFacto
- Simulation Tools for Medical Training, GRAND NCE
Mobile Entertainment - Pop Quiz Show, Uppercut
- Indie Shuffle, Uppercut
- Global TV, Robots and Pencils Inc
Mobile Applications - MacEwan Lib, Grant MacEwan University
- FastCab
- BeauCoo
- HazPad Mobile Application, DevFacto
- Global TV, Robots and Pencils Inc
Best In E-Commerce Solutions - Backside Tours Drupal Redevelopment, Yellow Pencil
- Win50 Raffle System, DevFacto
- 2BIT, Uppercut
- Blame Betty, Cornerstone Technologies
Best Digital Startup - PlayingUpHockey.com
- BeauCoo
- VitAlert, Graphos
- MakeFashion
- Versett
Design and Creative
Best Digital Design - Alberta Canada Web Redesign, Yellow Pencil
- Surficial Geology of Alberta, Energy Resources Conservation Board/Alberta Geological Survey
- A visualized history of the Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton Journal
- ARC Resources Corporate Responsibility Report, ZGM Collaborative Marketing
- Versett Digital, Versett
- Make Something Edmonton, Lift Interactive Inc
- Calgary Stampede Website, nonfiction studios inc
Marketing and Social Media
Best In Social Media - Alberta Battle, Versett
- EV Now, Evans Hunt Group
- Make Something Edmonton, Lift Interactive Inc
- Market Mall Role Mothers, ZGM Collaborative Marketing
- Sweet Social - A Candy Campaign, InkPlot
B2C Innovation - Bay of Quinte Tourism: Leisure Travel Website, Cult Collective
- Beaucoo, BeauCoo
- Connecting You to Edmonton's Past - Interactive Bus Bench Campaign, Strong Coffee Marketing
Best Digital Advertising/Marketing Campaign - The Big Burn, ZGM Collaborative Marketing
- Celebrating Student Life, ZGM Collaborative Marketing
- HCOM: Programs & Service, Lift Interactive Inc
- Edmonton Public Art, Lift Interactive Inc
- NoHomophobes.com, Calder Bateman Communications

About Digital Alberta:

Digital Alberta is an industry-led organization devoted to promoting and connecting the thriving digital media community across Alberta, Canada. Through professional development workshops, advocacy work, education, event, and business development activity, Digital Alberta is building the digital media industry provincially and promoting it abroad.

The digital media industry is defined as the creative convergence of digital arts, science, technology and business for human expression, communication, social interaction, and education. The industry spans several disciplines, including but not limited to: audio, video, game design, animation, modeling, simulation, and interactive design.

In Alberta, digital media is considered a key contributor to the provincial ICT industry which is made up of 6,300 companies, 57,000 employees, and generating over $450 million in annual revenues. Areas of key growth in Alberta's digital media industry include: social media content and applications, interactive entertainment, content and applications for mobile devices, e-learning and games for training and education, interactive marketing, and finally standards-based web design and development.