The Digital Communication Awards 2019 are open for submissions now!

Don’t miss the deadlines:

June 14th

June 24th

July 11th

What are the Digital Communication Awards?

Digital communication has become one of the fastest growing sectors. The Quadriga University of Applied Sciences launched the Digital Communication Awards in 2011 as a competition in online communications on both a practical and academic level. An expert Jury formed by leading practitioners and academics rate outstanding online projects and campaigns.

The application process of comprised of an online application via an online submission system (intranet) and a mandatory live pitch in Berlin on Sept 20th 2019.

What is the application process like? How are the winners selected?

Applications to the DCA are made online via the DCA intranet. The Jury will vote on all categories online and determine a shortlist (3-6 nominees per category), which will be published in the beginning of August 2019.

Shortlisted candidates will pitch their project live to the Jury on Sept 20th in Berlin. This is a second and mandatory application step. The winners will be determined based on this short oral presentation. In the evening of Sept 20th 2019, the winners in all categories will be announced at the Award show in Berlin.

Who can apply?

The following are eligible to enter the Digital Communication Awards:

Agencies and companies, associations and NGOs, political parties, institutions and individuals in the field of online communication.

How do I apply?

You can apply online by creating an account on our intranet:

1. Application
For each application, information about the organisation and agency (if applicable) is requested. Submissions will exclusively be digital.


2. General information about the project or campaign

Each submitted entry should contain the following information:

  • Summary of the project at a maximum length of 400 characters (including spaces) – please note: This summary will be published when being shortlisted.
  • Time frame of the project
  • Budget (not a mandatory field, but an important information for the jury – please note: information will not be published)
  • Number of employees who worked on the project


3. Project Description
A short description of max. 2,000 characters (including spaces) must be provided including the following:

  • Initial situation leading to the project or campaign
  • Objectives of the project
  • Strategic considerations
  • Details of the implementation
  • Summary and measurement of results achieved
  • A cover picture representing your project or campaign (maximum 1 MB)


4. Additional Material and Links
Accompanying materials are limited to three documents. Therefore, additional illustrative material should be carefully selected. Examples of possible illustrative documents are planning documents, press releases, images, PowerPoint presentations (no more than 10 slides) and movies. One document equates to one file. In addition, you can specify up to six links to websites, social media platforms, intranet sites, or online videos.

What is the cost? What changes after each deadline?


Until midnight on June 14th 2019, every application costs between 190 and 390 Euros plus VAT.

Each submission in the main category

  • Accomplishments of the Year costs 390€
  • Projects & Strategies costs 290€
  • Media & Tools costs 290€
  • Industries costs 190€


During the Late Deadline between June 15th and June 24th, every application comes with a late fee of 120 Euros. During the Final Deadline between June 25th and July 4th, every application comes with a final fee of 170 Euros.

Invoices will be issued upon receipt of the completed application documents. Sent applications cannot be cancelled.

Participation in the categories “Best Bachelor’s Thesis” and “Best Master’s Thesis” are exempt of the submission fee.

Tickets for the Award show need to be purchased separately.


Award show

The tickets for the award show can be purchased after publication of the shortlist. The first and second ticket cost 350 Euro plus VAT. Each additional ticket costs 290 Euros plus VAT. Attending the Award show is not mandatory in order to win the Award.

In case of winning and not being at the Award Show: The Award will be sent to you, however the shipping cost has to be paid by you.


Further fees

There are no costs involved for being nominated or winning the Digital Communication Awards in one of our categories. The trophy, logos, inclusion in our digital winner booklet and the certificate comes free of charge.

What language should be used when submitting the applications?

Applications need to be filled out in English. Supporting material can be in original language. It is important for all our Jury members to fully understand the projects or campaigns. We recommend to hand in videos in English language or with English subtitles – but again: this isn’t a requirement.

What criteria will be considered by the Jury in the selection process?

The Jury will evaluate the applications on the following criteria:

Strategy: The Jury will assess the strategic approach of each entry and the fit between the chosen strategy and the development of the project, as well as the integration of the various communication tools.

Innovation/ Creativity: The Jury will assess the question of whether new technical or strategic methods were pursued and evaluate the creativity of the project both in concept and implementation.

Implementation: The Jury will assess continuity and quality of communication or dialogue with the target group(s) as well as the management and internal organisation of the project.

Results and Efficiency: The Jury will consider the results of a project in relation to the stated targets, as well as the resources used towards achieving the results.

How are the applications evaluated?

After the application deadline, the Jury reviews all submissions and determines a shortlist of three to six nominees in each category. The shortlist will be announced in the beginning of August and the nominees will be informed immediately. In an all-day Jury meeting in Berlin on Sept 20th 2019, the shortlisted entries will present their projects in an 8-minute oral presentation to the Jury. The Jury will determine the winners after the meeting has finished.

Please note: The winners of the categories “Academic Entries” and “Industries” will be decided via online voting and do not have to present their projects in a Live Pitch.

Is it required to present the submitted projects to the Jury in order to win the award?

It is required to present the submitted projects to the Jury in order to win the award!

In an all-day Jury meeting held in Berlin on Sept 20th 2019, the shortlisted entrants from the categories 01 – 33 will pitch their projects to the Jury. The short presentation is an integral part of the application process and is, therefore, mandatory for winning one of the Digital Communication Awards.

Should it not be possible to present your project in person, the Jury will choose the next best-rated application from the pre-shortlisted entrants. In this case, you will lose your nomination. The presentation cannot be substituted by a presentation via Skype, Google+ etc.