The Webby Awards is a leading international award honoring excellence on the internet. The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences has presented this award annually since The Webbys establishment in 1996 in over 100 categories such as Online Film & Video, Interactive Advertising & Media, Mobile & Apps, and Social. Last year, the 16th Annual Webby Awards received almost 10,000 entries from around the world: in over 60 countries, 30% of entries were outside of the U.S.
In 2011, a European version of the awards was established, The Lovie Awards. It is named in honor of Ada Lovelace, a lady credited as the world’s first programmer and is a lasting symbol of European innovation and creative ingenuity. Take a look at last year’s Lovie winners here.
I had the chance to meet with David-Michel Davies, President of the Webby Awards at SXSW Interactive where he talked to me about the most popular award categories this year. No surprise, submissions for Mobile & Apps which recognizes mobile websites and apps made for handheld, tablet and all other mobile devices; and Social, which recognizes the emerging field of social media across all platforms have been increasingly popular the last few years. Whereas Music was the most popular category in 1999. David talked about a very special winner from last year: Egypt, Football and Revolution. Per The Guardian, Richard Sprenger, a freelance video producer shot and edited the video with the intent to tell the story of the Cairo derby between arch rivals Al Ahly and Zamalek. The video also examines how politics entered aspects of Egyptian life since the fall of their former President Hosni Mubarak.
Following the philosophy of honoring excellence on the internet, The Webbys created Netted, a newsletter service that introduces its subscribers to “the best sites, apps and online stuff that make life better.” The curated categories could be anything from an excellent photo sharing app to a website that knows what new restaurants you’ll like. Here is a list of recent products shared by Netted.
Mr. Davies also shared with me an exciting announcement: the relaunch of the Webby Awards Winners Gallery. He said the unveiling of the new gallery is set for April 2nd. Nominees for the 17th Webby Awards will be announced on April 9th and the awards show will be on May 21st in Manhattan. Here is the Youtube page of last year’s winners and their five-word acceptance speeches.
Jeremy Lin and Spike Lee at the 16th Annual Webby Awards 2012. Photo from Webby Awards Tumblr.