Indigenous storytelling, NBA headline Vancouver UX Awards finalists

The seventh annual awards represent achievement in technology.

Last year’s Best in Show winner, Microsoft

The seventh annual awards represent achievement in technology

Some of the most interesting innovations in the province will be celebrated on November 26 at the seventh annual Vancouver UX Awards.

The competition, which recognizes both professional and student work, handed out some $7,000 in scholarships last year through a partnership with the First Nations Technology Council and BrainStation. 

The finalists range “from a web-based interactive book demonstrating knowledge sharing across Indigenous groups and generations, to a voting experience allowing millions to vote for the 2020 NBA All-Star game teams,” notes Anthony Hempell of the Vancouver UX Awards Society.

“It’s often assumed that UX only relates to software and the IoT,” Hempell says. “But this year’s finalists have shown us that UX can impact and benefit almost any industry.”

After picking through more than 70 applications, the judges chose 10 finalists in three categories.

UX for Products (sponsored by Microsoft Canada): Antibody drug producer AbCellera Biologics, internal communications firm Bananatag and digital products designer Powershifter Digital.

UX for Good (sponsored by Best Buy): Digital marketing agency Invoke Digital; UBC’s RavenSpace, a digital publishing platform; and public foundation Charitable Impact.

UX for Commerce: Design consultancy Engine Digital won all three finalist spots for reimagining the NBA All-Star game, helping to create an online experience for mountain biking brand Race Face and redesigning the e-commerce platform for contemporary lighting manufacturer Rich Brilliant Willing.

UX by Students: Mental health therapy app Ami (created by students at Capilano University’s IDEA School of Design); COVID-19-influenced app Safe Shopper (created by students at SFU’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology); and TimeWise, an app for retirees to find communities (created by students at Capilano’s IDEA School of Design).

There will also be a Best in Show award picked from the finalists. 

The online event’s keynote speaker is Jonas Altman, founder of design practice Social Fabric. Get your tickets here.