This year Microsoft and the Municipal Journal are teaming up to present the first ever UK Digital City of the Year award, honouring the city or city region best deploying a people-first initiative that transforms services, engages citizens and accelerates growth. 

The judges have spent the past two months combing through the submissions and now, at last, the finalist have been announced:

  • Birmingham City Council
  • Brighton & Hove City Council
  • Derby City Council
  • Glasgow City Council
  • Hull City Council
  • Manchester City Council
  • Sunderland City Council

The MJ also announced that Torbay Council made the commended list.

The judges are evaluating submissions for their innovation, imagination and ambition, evidence of a good clear strategy for the project or policy, evidence of good management, evidence the strategy was clearly communicated to staff and other stakeholders, value for money, evidence that the project/policy has made a difference to customers and evidence it has achieved or is well on the way to achieving what it set out to do.

Later this week the finalists will make their presentations to the judges – and the winner will be announced along with all the other Municipal Journal Awards on 19 June.

Learn more about the CityNext story and the UK Digital City of the Year