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  • 26 May 2015

    On Thursday, May 21, 2015 25 of BC’s most innovative companies gathered together to learn who would be taking home this year’s NEXTBC awards.

    The early evening was sunny and warm at Science World. Inside over 400 people from tech, marketing, investment, startups and other sectors walked through the Eureka Gallery and Rotunda to partake in the showcase portion of NEXTBC 2015.

    Top photo: Inside Science World’s rotunda on NEXTBC 2015 night

     

    In addition to the top 25 finalists, there were also sponsors and associations that had booth space at our event. Feedback was positive, ranging from the catered food to the positive, energetic vibe that the companies projected.

    Once 8PM rolled out, the second portion of the evening began inside the Omnimax theater. After a greeting from DigiBC President Howard Donaldson, emcee Patrick Maliha introduced the first round of nominees.

    DigiBC’s Howard Donaldson greets the NEXTBC 2015 crowd.

     

    Very shortly the audience had learned which companies had won the top prize in their categories:

    Most Innovative Startup: Adrroit Technologies
    Most Innovative Entertainment Company: QuestUpon
    Most Innovative Digital Media Company: Tradable Bits
    Most Innovative Business Solution: Eventbase
    Most Disruptive Innovation: H+ Technologies

    Once this stage of the awards were done, the interactive panel begin. Our four judges asked representatives from the five companies thought provoking questions designed to show which one had the most innovative approach to their business.

    (Left to right): Representatives from Adrroit Technologies, H+ technologies, QuestUpon, Tradable Bits, Eventbase answer the judges’ questions.

     

    After 45 minutes of questions, the judges retired to make their decision. That left time to reveal the winners of three special awards:

     

    Spark of Creativity Award: Agentic Communications for their work on the High-Muck-a-Muck website

    (Left to right): Nicola Harwood, creative lead on the project, and BB Magazines Executive Director Sylvia Skene.


    Lifetime Achievement Award: Tarrnie Williams Sr.

    (Left to right:) BCIC CEO Greg Caws, Tarrnie Williams Sr. and DigiBC President Howard Donaldson.


    Audience Choice Award: HelpHub

    The judges then returned and the final award of the night was given out for Most Innovative Company of the Year. And the winner was…

    H+ Technologies!

    (Left to right:) H+ Technologies’ Dhruv Adhia holds the Company of the Year award, which was presented by Microsoft’s Marjorie Trithardt.

     

    If you would like to see all of our photos from NEXTBC 2015, visit our Facebook album.

    Thank you to everyone that attended NEXTBC 2015, and congratulations to all of the winners!

     

  • 06 May 2015

    DigiBC is excited to reveal the Top 25 finalists for NextBC 2015, taking place on May 21, 2015. These are the companies in British Columbia that are pushing the envelope with innovation, and being the leaders in their respective industries of technology, entertainment, startups, marketing, digital, business and culture.

    Our NextBC 2015 Top 25 Finalists:

     

     

    Congratulations to our NextBC 2015 finalists! DigiBC would like to thank every company that submitted a nomination this year; this year we nearly doubled the number of companies that submitted their consideration!

    Each of the 25 Nominees will be invited to showcase their innovation at Science World, on the evening of Thursday, May 21. At 8pm, the Awards portion of NextBC 2015 begins, and we’ll find out which 5 companies will be selected by the NextBC judging panel as the tops in each of their respective categories.

    Immediately following, the top 5 companies will participate in an interactive panel. Questions from the judges, special VIP guests and the audience will be asked in a rapid fire format. Whichever company can build the best case for their company’s approach and execution to its innovation will win the top prize of the night, the Most Innovative Company of the Year!

    NextBC tickets are now on sale. For more information on the event, attending as press, or becoming a sponsor, please contact Kelsey [at] digibc.org or call 604.602.5237.