This award is In honour of the late Anthony Wilson, well known for his work in so many fields as a presenter, journalist, founder of the world-famous Hacienda club, and joint founder of Factory Records.
Anthony was a committed supporter of the North West digital industries and for the last four years the much-loved compere of the Big Chip Awards.
Special guest judge Yvette Livesey has selected one entry from those entering for the 11 main categories that is original and modern and deserving of the Anthony Wilson Original Modern Award.
And the winner is...
"Skylab designed and built the website of the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race. The site features a specially designed Race Viewer which tracks and records yacht positions using satellite data uplinked from the yachts as they race. The data was then integrated into a Google Maps interface. Skylab has also developed a fully-featured content management system providing news, blogs, podcasts, video and photographs taken onboard the yachts during the race and delivered to the site instantly. Website visitors can also provide comments and get involved in the race."
Sub-region: Greater Manchester
"Tony believed absolutely in the use of technology to both enable and enhance the sporting experience. Encouraging a greater experience either through participation or helping the sport to move forward.
It drove him crazy that football refused to be dragged into this century, refusing to take up technology to help the outcome of uncertain decisions, unlike Rugby that has wholeheartedly embraced it.
He loved sailing, though from the perspective of an armchair, which makes this development in the use of technology even more personal and relevant to Tony. An application of technology that is both original and modern."Skylab was shortlisted for the Best Application of Technology Award