Digital industry shortlists Manchester Met students at Big Chip awards

MMU students celebrated a successful night at the Big Chip awards after making it onto the final shortlist in the Little Chip student category.

The shortlisted students enjoyed a glamourous night at the Midland Hotel in central Manchester alongside the great and the good of the digital industry. The MMU team are all second year students studying for different degrees in the Information and Communications section at MMU. The team members – Matthew Windle, Michelle Rabaya, Faiz Qazi, Anique Husson, Michael Delooze and Jason Chibanda – impressed the judges with their website for students looking for things to do in the city – Something for the Weekend.

From left to right – Matthew Dwindle, Michelle Rabaya, Faiz Qazi, Jason Chibanda, Michael Delooze and Jill Griffiths.

Although they were eventually beaten by a team from the University of Central Lancashire, the project manager for the MMU team, Michelle Rabaya, said they were honoured to have been recognised for their hard work: “It is all about networking. It’s rewarding to be nominated. However, it would be good to win.”

MMU has an impressive track record at the Little Chip Awards, winning the top spot in 2015 and 2013.

The section leader for the InfoComms section, Jill Griffiths, said this year’s MMU team had: “demonstrated an excellent level of commitment and engagement and their innovative approach to the development of their digital product made it stand out”.

The Big Chip awards celebrate the digital creativity of the north of England. Now in their eighteenth year, they are the longest running digital industry awards in the country and the biggest outside London.