Archive for August, 2008

Day 17: Our new tagline – Fall In Love With the Web Again

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Alexia Golez created the below flyer with the tagline Fall In Love With the Web Again. We love the flyer and especially the phrase so we’re nicking it for the Web Awards. Thanks Alexia!

Fall in love with the Web again

Day 16: The dog ate my website

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Wow, our inbox is getting more and more mercy pleas from developers and website owners asking for extensions. It looks like the Irish Web on Monday will see a tonne of new websites launch, judging by the emails we’re reading.

The strict nomnation deadline is for midnight tonight. We will allow exceptions if you have a valid enough reason and you can give us a snapshot of what this new website will look like. We’re sorry but we can’t wait a week or a month!!! to see your new website and judge it.

The categories of Best Practice, Most Accessible Website and Schools will have extensions for another week as the number of submissions are quite low.

Photo owned by robstephaustralia (cc)

Day 15: You want to be nominated but you want to help?

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

We’ve been getting a few emails and calls over the past two weeks from website owners who want to have their work nominated but also want to sponsor the Awards. Since it’s one or the other we encourage people to go for being nominated.

You can still contribute to the Web Awards though by talking it up, downloading the logos and making badges for your website and blogs etc, getting as many people to nominate their favourite Irish sites and by coming along on the night and having fun. Having fun being the most important thing you can do.

Day 13 – Angel Sponsor slots going quickly

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Don’t forget that nominations for the Web Awards close at 11.59pm on Friday the 29th of August!

We’re really thrilled that sponsorship slots are being snapped up so quickly. Today alone we got four more sponsors. There are still sponsorship slots left at €450 each. Read about our sponsorship philosophy.

This is the list of slots ready to be sponsored:

  • Best Radio Website
  • Best Podcaster
  • Best Videocaster
  • Best Discussion forum
  • Best Government Website
  • Best Council Website
  • Best Education website
  • Best Practice

  • Most Beautiful Website in Ireland

If you want to be a sponsor then email contact < at >

Day 12 – Judging me, judging you

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Firstly, remember the closing day for nominations is this Friday.

We’re looking for judges for Round 1 and Round 2 of the Web Awards. Got an interest in design but your site(s) are not relevant to the Irish scene? Not got a site? Want to work on a very transparent awards event?

Send us an email contact < at > with the subject line: Judge me and reasons why you should be considered.

The Judge
Photo owned by adewale_oshineye (cc)

Day 11 – Web Awards nominations close Friday 29th of August

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

Irish Web Awards

There are now just a few days left to nominate your favourite websites. The closing date is Friday 29th of August at 11.59 PM. Get nominating!

Day 8 – Other Irish Web Industry Awards

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

There are other notable Award competitions out there for the Irish Web Industry so why not consider them too?

IIA Netvisionary

Netvisonary Awards
One that’s on a few weeks after the Web Awards is the IIA Netvisionary Awards. Nominations are already open. They’re also free. Go get nominating! The night itself is great too and is full of networking opportunities.

Digital Media Awards
The Digital Media Awards come back around again in February 2009 and having been a judge for the past two years and knowing other judges, while the criteria isn’t public, the judging is fair.

Day 7 – Mash Mash Mash

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Some people have been asking us to hand over our logos and graphics so they can do their own photoshopping and so forth with them. Nice idea.

Here’s the logo directory and you can download the logos from there and do what you want with them. Have fun.

Day 6: Now you can nominate any website

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

We’ve listened to your feedback and you’ve said you want to nominate more than just your own website. So now you can.  Web Awards nomination form.

Day 5: It’s all Adam Beecher’s fault – Angel Sponsors

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Category Sponsorship Details.

Way back when as the Web Awards were being planned I had an email back and forth with Adam Beecher. In the email conversation he convinced me to keep category costs down as much as possible. Almost to the same level as Blog Award Category costs. His reasoning was that enough events get the big name sponsors and there isn’t any awards show out there where mom and pop stores and SMEs can avail of being a core part of an awards show with their small advertising/marketing budget. The category prices could have been four figures and sponsored by large brands but instead I hope to see smaller brands have their names there.

So thanks to Adam I realised that Awards shows like the Blog Awards and now the Web Awards are not just about those nominated but those people focused companies and individuals putting in their money to make these great events work. So while these sponsors are called “sponsors”, really they’re like angel investors. Investing modest sums into a vehicle and wishing it the very best. The return hopefully is that they get appreciated by everyone else taking part in it.

Thank you Adam.