And the Webby Goes To…

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Between Sunday’s Golden Globes presentation and today’s announcement of the 2015 Oscar nominees, there’s no denying that we’re in the thick of “awards season.” And it’s not just movies: children’s book lovers are looking forward to the unveiling of this year’s Caldecott and Newbery Medals in Chicago on February 2.

The awards above are household names, but are you familiar with the following awards in technology?

  • The Appy Awards: Presented by MediaPost for “creativity and excellence in app design.” Categories are reminiscent of an app store: Finance, Productivity, Utilities, etc. See the 2014 winners.
  • The Webby Awards: Recognizing “the best of the web” with categories like “Best Email Newsletter” and “Best Use of Photography on a Website.” Spearheaded by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and revealed at a live event in May. Browse previous winners.
  • The CODiEs: Software gets its turn in the spotlight with this award from the Software & Information Industry Association. Wondering who has the Best Healthcare IT Solution or the Best eCommerce and Billing Platform? 2014 winners are listed here. (If you prefer open source software, check out the Bossies!)
  • The Shorty Awards: In the realm of social media, most of the recognition goes to the users rather than the technology. Still, these awards from Sawhorse Media include categories like Web Show and GIF of the Year. Winners are currently listed on the home page.

Of course, there are plenty of awards for technology that don’t have cute names, and some are far more prestigious (the Association for Computing Machinery’s prestigious Turing Award for major contributions to the field by an individual is often likened to the Nobel Prize)…but you just might be able to impress your friends at an Oscars party with your knowledge of the Shorty winners!