Ireland Goes To The Webbys
To all of you who made it to the shortlist of the Irish Web Awards – congratulations. Be proud.
Have you considered entering the Webby Awards?
The Webby Awards are the global web awards that have been running for nigh on 14 years now. They celebrate all that is great about online. The Oscars of the Web World. And I think it’s high time that Irish sites got in it.
If you enter before 30 October, it costs $255 to enter a site. That’s €171.
Cars Ireland – you won the Best Practice Award last weekend. Did you know there’s an entire category dedicated to you (Automotive) in the Webbys?
Beaut.ie – you could be adding a hint of a blush if you were representing Ireland in the Webbys in the Best Beauty & Cosmetics Category.
The guys at Look & Taste would cook up a storm in the Food & Bev category. Think of the global exposure to make it to the shortlists guys…
There’s a much wider range of categories than any Irish award ceremony has. I went to the Awards in 2007 and that was the first year that Online Film & Video and Mobile got their own awards night to handle all the various sections within those. We have such cool start-ups located all round this island. I really believe it’s high time we dust off the ‘ah sure we’re Irish we’d never stack up against the Americans’ attitude and give them a run for their money.
Because money is involved.
That’s the main barrier unfortunately, because let’s face it, not many start-ups have a spare €171 lying around. A couple of years ago I had managed to get a large Irish corporate involved in sending the cream of the Irish to the Webbys. We were going to ask you to vote for who you think should represent us in New York, and the mobile phone company was going to pay for it.
Sadly the organisers of the Webbys didn’t like it. No not one bit. They felt that this would put off potential entrants from independently entering. So, they blocked us from running this super promotion and instead have seen dribs and drabs of Irish entrants instead of the huge numbers we would have delivered instead.
That aside, get on there now, dust off your reservations and enter the 14th Webby Awards. If you get shortlisted, I’ll come and cheer you on in NYC!