The 2013 Webby Awards results were just released this morning, and the University of Chicago has won for the School/University category. Presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences since 1996, the Webby Awards reflect and honor the growing trend of Internet usage, presenting two honors in each category: The Webby Award and The Webby People’s Voice Award.
This year, it seems, UChicago has the support of both the people and the award judges. Apparently, our website is so awesome, it won all the awards. Previous winners in the School/Education category include The Chicago Portfolio School in 2012 and Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing in 2011. Take this with a grain of salt, though; there’s a fee to compete in the competition, so the awards might not necessarily go to the best websites out there, like this one. The institution is so stingy that you even have to pay to attend your own award ceremony. That said, it must therefore be all the more prestigious, and the UChicago web designers should be given a good pat on the back.
Other winners of various Webby Awards this year include the Angry Birds Star Wars site for Games, Humans of New York for Best Use of Photography (a personal favorite), The New Yorker for Best Writing (Editorial), and the Shake Shack for Food & Drink. The most notable category, Weird, has selected One Tiny Hand as its winner, aptly so in my opinion. I’ll leave you to figure out the name. Check out the Webby Awards website; it’s a great medium for procrastination if you, like everyone else at this school, have overwhelming piles of uncompleted homework to finish this week.