Digi Awards hand out the hardware

JUICE Mobile, Vice Media are among the winners at this year's awards.

Last night at The Carlu in Toronto, the 2011 nextMEDIA conference wrapped with the handing out of the Digi Awards, formerly known as the Canadian New Media Awards.

Winners were named in 17 digital media categories, including Neil Sweeney, CEO at agency JUICE Mobile who took home the prize for Canada’s Top Digital Executive, and Vice Media which won the Digi Award of Excellence.

Best in Digital Advertising went to the online home of Showcase Action’s Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour from Stitch Media Inc. Best in Mobile went to the Yellow Pages Application from the Yellow Pages Group. Most Innovative Digital Media Technology went to contest platform memelabs at Invoke Media.

Other winners included app developer Enflick Inc., software and research company Vision Critical, social media platform HootSuite, e-reader Kobo and performance media platform Acquisio, which were all awarded as Canada’s Top Digital Companies.

Gaming company Uken Games was named as Canada’s Most Promising New Digital Company, digital agency Jam3 was named Canada’s Top Digital Design Team and Top Digital Development Team.

Canada’s Top Digital Producer went to Loc Dao, executive producer and creative technologist at the National Film Board of Canada.

Best in Digital Publishing went to Globe News for iPad from the Globe and Mail.

Canada’s Top Social Media Maven went to Nadine Skkora of HeyNadine. Best in Cross-Platform was awarded to the CBC for Truth & Lies: The Last Days of Osama bin Laden.

The Digi Awards honour remarkable digital media companies, projects, products and pioneers in the Canadian landscape. The awards were known for a decade as the Canadian New Media Awards, before changing its name this year.

Photo: (left to right) Matt Frehner, mobile editor, and Stephen Henrik, audience development at the Globe and Mail accepting award for Best in Digital Publishing.