For all you tech and digital afficionados out there – if the Webby Awards (the world-renowned US accolades for the most innovative and accomplished websites) seem like a distant memory, you’ll be delighted to hear about the Lovie Awards.
The Lovies are Europe’s counterpart to the Webbys, and yesterday they were awarded for the first time.
The Lovies are the brainchild and organisational feat of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), the people behind the Webbys and forthcoming Internet Week Europe.
London-based tech companies have made their mark, with big wins for Wonga.com, The Huffington Post UK, Vice UK and ASOS – and the BBC.
“We brought the Lovies to Europe because we knew there was a breadth and scale of excellence on the European Internet that was not being recognised, explained David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of IADAS. “These inaugural Lovie Award Winners confirm that belief beyond any doubt.”
The awards celebrate the best of the European web, with shortlisted entries from 17 countries, and award winners from 14. Awards were doled out in over 75 categories with the BBC scooping gold in two.
Vice UK, the London-based arm of the global culture publication, picked up a gold in the Online Film & Video. ASOS was awarded a gold Lovie in both the Lifestyle and Tablet category for the innovative ASOS Marketplace.
Winners will be presented with their Lovie trophies at the grand finale of Internet Week Europe 2011, to be held at St Luke’s Hawksmoor Church in Shoreditch.
“Award programs are ultimately validated by the quality of the things they manage to recognise,” added Nicolas Roope, The Lovie Awards Chair.
“In The Lovie Awards’ inaugural year we already see an all-star line up of the best of the best of the European internet scene surface in the shortlisted and trophy winners. We’re feeling very good about The Lovie Awards and we’re feeling great about what this means for Europe.”