NG Events has announced the shortlisted finalists for its 2013 Next Generation Digital Challenge Awards. The annual awards showcase the best in next generation digital access infrastructure innovation.
The winners will be announced at this year's NextGen Conference held on 14 October, an event focused on enterprises related to the UK's super-fast next generation broadband industry (classed as speeds greater than 24mbps).
This year, there have been a record number of entries, which NextGen believes illustrates the company's research report suggesting the UK economy has far more digital enterprises than previously reported in government data.
"We are delighted with the surge in response this year, underlining the themes we mapped out in our paper on Economic Revitalisation and our input in June to the Intelligent Community Forum's annual summit in New York," NG Events director Marit Hendriks commented.
To reflect the growing utilisation of infrastructure investment in urban, rural and mobile connectivity, the 2013 awards includes three new categories for enterprises and projects in digital skills, digital innovation and open data.
The shortlisted candidates have now been asked to prepare a case study submission for the independent judging panel to consider.
Philip Hargrave, ICT Knowledge Transfer Network CEO, said: "The rollout of next generation access infrastructure is central to the UK realising the full value of the Digital Economy.
"The ICT KTN is therefore delighted to be associated with the Next Generation Digital Challenge Awards, and in particular to be the sponsor of the Digital Innovation Category which aims to recognise innovative access products and services and initiatives to improve innovation capacity."