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2012 Digital Alberta Awards Winners Announced

CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 06/05/12 -- After a very successful and sold-out gala evening at Hotel Arts in Calgary on Monday June 4th, 2012 Digital Alberta is pleased to announce the winners for the annual Digital Alberta Awards recognizing the outstanding digital talent in the province of Alberta. The judges chose 16 winners from a pool of over 46 deserving finalists.

Some of the highlights for the evening included opening remarks from Minister of Culture, the Honorable Heather Klimchuk, a virtual spaceship, mad scientist lab and interactive touch screen technology.

In addition to the judged categories, this year Digital Alberta announced a new People's Choice award for the Most Inspirational Digital Leader. This award was voted on by the public in the digital industry. The winner of this award is Kurtis Lesick, Director at Creative Environment for Emerging Electronic Culture and Faculty at the Alberta College of Art + Design. The other inspirational leaders nominated alongside Kurtis were: Kevin Swan from iNovia Captial, Owen Brierley, Executive Director of Guru Digital Arts College, Peter Bishop the Digital Creative Director from ZGM Collaborative Marketing, Skye Boyes from GenX Studios, and Trevor Doerksen, CEO and Founder of Mobovivo.

"We are just so excited about the impact of this year's event", commented Michelle Sklar, President of Digital Alberta. "It has really built on the success of last year and has grown in both scope and submissions. Congratulations to all of our nominees, finalists, winners and people's choice award winner."

                    Digital Alberta 2012 Awards Finalists                   
Community and Education                                                     
Best in Student Interactive Digital    First Generation Albertans,          
Media and Creative Design              Giannitsos & Poon                    
Best in E-learning                     Time to Drill, Sajak & Farki         
Best Digital Media Leader - Community  Owen Brierley, Guru Digital Arts     
Leader, Educator, Program Leader, or   College                              
Department Head                                                             
Best Digital Philanthropy Innovation   How a Regional Bank will Change the  
                                       World, Benevity                      
Film, Television and Gaming                                                 
Best in Cross-platform Content         HDNet Fights Second Screen App,      
Best Use of Film, Animation or         Bear 71, NFB                         
Special FX                                                                  
Best in Gaming                         Catch the Princess, Robots & Pencils 
Software, Mobile and Startups                                               
Combined Hardware & Software           Water Centre Touchscreen Kiosk, Sajak
Experience                             & Farki                              
Mobile Entertainment                   Country 105 30th Anniversary iPhone  
Mobile Applications                    Poynt, Poynt Corporation             
Best In E-Commerce Solutions           eThor, Gary Ziegler                  
Best Digital Startup                   UrtheCast                            
Design and Creative                                                         
Best Digital Design                    Prius Canada Website, Sajak & Farki  
Marketing and Social Media                                                  
Best In Social Media                   W. Brett Wilson, ZGM                 
B2C Innovation                         Calgary.ca Website Redesign, City of 
Best Digital Advertising/Marketing     Plenty of Syph, Calder Bateman       

To learn more about Digital Alberta visit www.digitalalberta.com.

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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