This year's Webby Awards, which honor excellence on the Internet, are being presented Monday, June 14, at a gala held at Cipriani in New York City. The 2010 ceremony, hosted by B.J. Novak of The Office, will mark the 14th year that the famous coiled statues will be awarded, with winners and honorees selected out of almost 10,000 entries from 50 states and 60 countries.
Several government agencies in the U.S. will walk away with a Webby award or honor tonight. Here is the list of winners, nominees, and honorees in the "Government" category:
And the Webby Award goes to ... the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Home & City Version 2.0. This NASA website features an interactive design to help citizens learn about different versions of "space" -- from extra space in your home that can be used in environmentally friendly ways to the the space we usually associate with NASA (that is, outer space). The website is full of small modules with simple explanations, which are also read aloud by a pleasant (though fast-speaking) voice. The site was developed by NASA with NIA, Woodpile Studios and Bully Entertainment.
The people have spoken too! The 2010 People's Voice Winner for the government category is the NASA.gov website. Interesting pictures, factoids, fun navigation icons, and blog entries keep our eyes busy.
In addition to the two winners above, the other official nominees for the 2010 Webby Awards were:
The United States Air Force website, with credits to Euro RSCG and GSD&M's Idea City. The interactive website allows users to play games, "walk" through the site, and learn about different Air Force careers. And the avatars look so real!
The U.S. Census Bureau. This was a big year for the Census Bureau and among its high-profile advertising campaigns, public service messages and forms mailed to every American household, the bureau delivered a noteworthy website too.
The San Ramon (Ca.) Fire Department. A testament to what small organizations can accomplish with the right resources and team, the San Ramon Valley fire company website is en fuego. Sophisticated, informative, but not overwhelming, we especially love the site's "Kids Corner" and "Live Dispatch" sections. Ahem, federal agencies: You'd do well to take a look at this helpful site.
A number of other websites were recognized as Official Webby Honorees for excellence:
America.gov by the U.S. State Department and IIP.
DonateLife, a tissue and organ donor site from Australia.
NYC Media, the official TV, radio and online network of New
State of Utah website by Utah Interactive. We've covered this fine example of official state website before, and the Webby committee took notice as well.
Recruitment 2009 a Swedish site by DOB Stockholm.
Congrats to all the winners, nominees and honorees from OhMyGov!
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