TORONTO, April 24, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, nine Canadian digital media
companies have been named finalists for the Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN) Moonshot Awards. The inaugural year for the awards, they were
created to recognize Canadian companies that create jobs and wealth for
Canada through innovation in digital media. The Moonshot Awards also
acknowledge companies that contribute to the Canada 3.0 "Moonshot Goal:
that anyone can do anything online by the year 2017".
CDMN's award winners will be selected from the over 30 submissions
received from across Canada. The winners will be determined by a panel
of expert judges including Kevin Newman, CTV Host, W5 Correspondent and
Founder of New Man Media; Sid Paquette, Director at OMERS Ventures;
Terry Stuart, Deloitte Canada's Chief Innovation Officer; April
Dunford, RocketScope Managing Director and Founder; and Dr. Kevin Tuer,
CDMN Managing Director.
The winners will be announced at the CDMN Canada 3.0 Conference in Toronto on May 14, 2013. The finalists are presented in four
1. CDMN Digital Media Dynamic Company of the Year - This award
recognizes the Canadian company demonstrating the greatest increase
in productivity through the adoption of digital media.
Magnet Forensics Inc. - developer of the Internet Evidence Finder which has allowed the
world's top law enforcement, military and corporate organizations to
recover evidence like instant messaging chats, social media artifacts
and web history.
Vidyard - a platform designed to help organizations embrace digital media as a
central resource for all marketing initiatives and transform how
businesses drive growth through video.
TalentEgg Inc. - an online job board and career resource designed to help students and
recent graduates in Canada find meaningful careers with top employers.
2. CDMN Digital Media Globalizer of the Year - This award recognizes a
Canadian company that demonstrates the greatest increase in
international sales, investments or other contributions to the growth
of the Canadian digital media industry internationally.
Axonify - an employee training process that is transforming the way corporate
enterprise trains their employees.
Desire2Learn - an education platform helping to transform the way the world learns
by helping clients break down barriers to access the highest quality
Zighra - an emerging leader in the crowd-sourced mobile authentication space
that builds innovative solutions to leverage the mobile technology and
crowd-sourced intelligence of consumers to reduce costs associated with
fraud in high-risk and high-value transaction environments.
3. CDMN Digital Media Innovator of the Year - This award recognizes the
Canadian company demonstrating the greatest degree of innovation
through the adoption of digital media.
Miovision Technologies Inc. - creates intelligent solutions to address the challenges facing
today's global transportation networks through its Adaptive Signal
Control, which automatically adjusts traffic signals based on real-time
demand of vehicles and pedestrians.
Voices.com - a website that connects businesses like radio and television stations,
advertising agencies and Fortune 500 companies to search for, audition
and hire voice actors.
Bionik Laboratories Inc. - a state-of-the-art medical technology company that provides advanced
healthcare solutions for patients with restricted physical development.
4. CDMN Digital Media Company of the Year - This award recognizes the
Canadian company that made the greatest contributions to the growth of
the Canadian digital media industry in 2012/2013.
Finalists for the CDMN Digital Media Company of the Year are Desire2Learn, Vidyard, Magnet Forensics Inc., Axonify and Miovision.
In addition to CDMN's award winner presentations on May 14, CDMN Canada
3.0 is also announcing several updates to the conference program:
Jeremy Butteriss, Director, Strategic Partnerships at Google Canada
(YouTube), will present the closing keynote address on May 15
Ticket prices are now $549 (full conference pass); $499 (not-for-profit
or government pass); $299 (one-day pass); and $250 (startup or student
Girls In Tech Toronto will host the opening reception on May 13 at Turf Lounge featuring
special guest speaker Claudia Hepburn, Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Next 36; Register at http://gitcanada30.eventbrite.com/
A popular monthly event for entrepreneurs, developers, and business
enthusiasts, Startup Drinks will host a networking session at Hotel
Ocho on May 15
About the Canadian Digital Media Network
The Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN), a federal Centre of
Excellence in Commercialization and Research, is dedicated to
establishing Canada as a world leader in digital media (ICT + mobile)
by creating and enabling connections and collaboration between
entrepreneurs, companies, research institutes, government and
intermediary organizations across the country. CDMN helps bring more
digital media solutions to market to create more companies, jobs and
wealth in Canada.
Together, the Network provides access to the knowledge, connections,
services and support that digital media companies need to successfully
innovate and market themselves at home and abroad. Major initiatives
include an exclusive online national collaboration platform; an online
Research Portal that provides one-stop access to important information
about key digital media issues; the CDMN Soft-Landing Program to drive
Canadian success globally; National Tour events enable companies to go
global; and CDMN Canada 3.0, Canada's only national digital media
conference focused on the commercialization of innovation. Learn more
at www.cdmn.ca or follow @CDMN on Twitter, join the Canadian Digital Media Network Group on LinkedIn, and like the Canadian Digital Media Network Page on Facebook.
SOURCE: The Canadian Digital Media Network
For further information:
Ashleigh Cartier, Media Profile