The Webby Awards celebrated its 22nd edition
The Webbys are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), a judging body formed by industry experts and technology innovators. The award is one of the oldest Internet-oriented honors and is associated with the phrase “The Oscars of the Internet.”
Two honors are presented in every category—The Webby Award and The Webby People’s Voice Award. Members of IADAS select the Nominees for both awards in each category, as well as the Winners of The Webby Awards. In the spirit of the open Web, The Webby People’s Voice is awarded by the voting public.
This year, a group of 14 individuals and firms were selected for special achievements awards. Laura Linney was selected best actress, David Harbour best actor and Chris Long the best athlete. Meanwhile, National Geographic was chosen best company and BBDO best agency, among many others.
The organizations Purpose and Change.org were awarded with Webbys on the Activism category, while Architectural Digest and Space 10 and its One Shared House 2030 project were chosen as winners on the Architecture and Design category.
Meanwhile, for Best Data Visualization, National Geographic was chosen for its project “Seven things you need to know about climate change,” alongside Ubilab’s project on Google’s Earth Voyager and the total eclipse of the sun.
For the Best Navigation Structure, Patagonia was selected for its This is Bears Ears website, while Hook and it’s YouTube Rewind 2017 was also chosen. Media Monks and its real estate project and National Geographic Cassini’s Gran Tour were selected on Best Use of Animations.
The MIT media lab was selected on Best Use of Machine Learning thanks for its Street change initiative, alongside Zillow’s real estate website. Meanwhile, Google received an award for Best User Experience due to Google Earth View and the Rolling Stone’s magazine photo issue for Best Visual Design.
Late Night comedian Amber Ruffin led the celebration to honor this year’s Webby Winners. She opened the show and won over the crowd with her unpredictable wit and humor. She chronicled the year’s biggest moments on the Internet by channeling a Wakanda warrior in full costume.
The evening was capped off by a passionate presentation from acclaimed tech journalist, Kara Swisher, to former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, for Webby Person of the Year. Fowler accepted the award with the final standing ovation of the evening, declaring “Words can change the world.”