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Digital Alberta Awards Finalists Announced

Think retro space and sci-fi vintage at this year's Digital Alberta Awards on June 4th, 2012 (May 28, 2012)

CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/28/12 --

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Digital Alberta is pleased to announce the 2012 finalists for the annual Digital Alberta Awards. The finalists have been selected from a pool of over 90 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 Hotel Arts in Calgary on Monday June 4th, 2012 from 5:30-11 pm. Sponsored by CMF, Norton Rose, Solium Capital, Alberta Film, Yardstick Software, Chelsea Klukas Creative, The Agency, Lisa Hagen Strategy + Interaction Design Innovation, Smashing Strategic Marketing & Events, Guru Digital Arts College, Posh View Inc., Fenture Solutions, TecPro, AcceleratorYYC, NotTV, The Calgary Herald and The Edmonton Journal, WhiteIron, StartUp Calgary, Endeavour Arts & Events Space, MakeFashion, 6 degrees, Minigroup, WAX, Device Solutions, and Calgary Sound Rentals.

Commenting on the awards, Digital Alberta President Michelle Sklar said, "Once again we worked hard to create an expanded reach of categories allowing us to 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 2012 Digital Alberta awards visit

---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Digital Alberta 2012 Awards Finalists ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Community and Education ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best in Student Interactive - Dune Concepts Digital Media and Creative - First Generation Albertans Design - The Adventures of Chloe, Lion Mio ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best in E-learning - Global e Training - Time to Drill, Sajak & Farki - Yellowjacket Sting Simulation Editor ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best Digital Media Leader - - Information Design at Mount Royal Community Leader, Educator, University Program Leader, or Department - Jim Parker, Digital Media Laboratory, Head University of Calgary - Owen Brierley, Guru Digital Arts College ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Philanthropy ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best Digital Philanthropy - How a Regional Bank will Change the Innovation World, Benevity - Missing Children Society of Canada: Mobile Website with Integrated Push Notifications, Poynt Corporation -, Dexterity Ventures Inc. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Film, Television and Gaming ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best in Cross-platform Content - Green Energy Futures, Avatar Media - HDNet Fights Second Screen App, Mobovivo - The ATB Small Business Campaign, ATB ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best Use of Film, Animation or - Axia's Next Generation Network, JUMP Special FX Studios - Bear 71, NFB - The Social Diet Startup, Thinkmojo for DietBet ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best in Gaming - Catch the Princess, Robots & Pencils - HDNet Fights Second Screen App, Mobovivo - Super Motherload, XGEN Studios ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Software, Mobile and Startups ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Combined Hardware & Software - Water Centre Touchscreen Kiosk, Sajak & Experience Farki - WTFace Photobooth, Sajak & Farki ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mobile Entertainment - Country 105 30th Anniversary iPhone App - StayTuned, Mobovivo ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mobile Applications - City of Calgary Road Conditions Mobile App, The City of Calgary - Next Stop, Medium Rare - Poynt, Poynt Corporation ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best In E-Commerce Solutions - eThor, Gary Ziegler - Pleasant Tickets, Thomas Stachura - Vogogo, Geoff Gordon ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best Digital Startup - Kudos: Thank Different! - UrtheCast - Vogogo ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Design and Creative ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best Digital Design - ATB Investor Services Retirement Journey Website, topdraw - Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Cornerstone Technologies - Prius Canada Website, Sajak & Farki ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Marketing and Social Media ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best In Social Media - Photos Flood Social Media, JOI Media - The CORE (TD Square /Holt Renfrew), anstice communications - W. Brett Wilson, ZGM ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- B2C Innovation - Website Redesign, City of Calgary - Delmer and Marta on Love and Money - Next Stop iPhone App, Medium Rare ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Best Digital - Jugo Juice Site & Campaigns, Freshwater Advertising/Marketing Campaign Creative - Plenty of Syph, Calder Bateman - The CORE (TD Square/Holt Renfrew), anstice 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.

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The Agency
Arleigh Galant Vasconcellos
+1 403.561.4810
arleigh (at) theagencyinc (dot) ca

Digital Alberta
Jo-Anne Douthwaite
joanne (at) digitalalberta (dot) com

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