Mark Gannon expressed his admiration after helping to judge the Sheffield Digital Awards.
The digital director at Sheffield City Council, came into The Star with fellow sponsors to discuss applications, decide tiebreakers and marvel at the entries from the cream tech.
The Star has launched Sheffield’s first digital awards to celebrate a booming sector that today underpins all of business – and our lives.
Best online personality: Dean Sadler, Chris Roberts Helen Milner
Best web or mobile application: Market of Mums, The Circle app, Humans app
Best video game: Gang Beasts, Crackdown 3, Storm Force
Best economic support initiative (including education): Myhrtoolkit, Elements, Databowl
Best tech for good: Ticket Bank from Tickets for Good, Good Things Foundation, legup.social
Most innovative use of digital tech: Slanted Theory, The Floow, Whitespace Technology
Best use of digital tech in industry: PES, Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy, Bossa Nova
Best digital arts and culture project: Playground, Sheffield Theatres, Ticket Bank
Best international success: ASK4, Zoo Digital, The Floow
Young entrepreneur of the year: Molly Evans, Anna Bollinger, Harvey Morton.
The awards are sponsored by XLN for business, Barclays Eagle Labs, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield City Council and BHP Chartered Accountants. They are supported by Sheffield Digital and Kollider. David Richards, CEO and co-founder of big data firm WANdisco is guest speaker.
The ceremony is at Kollider at Castle House, on Thursday May 2. Two £10 tickets are reserved for every finalist but 60 are on open sale for anyone who wants to be there when history is made.