Johannesburg, Apr 30: Google, Jay Z and crowd-funding site Kickstarter have won this year’s Webby Awards. The awards are a celebration of internet achievement that were started nearly two decades ago.
According to news24, the awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a group of about 1 000 web experts and internet professionals.
The judges of the award show included Tumblr founder David Karp and House of Cards actor Kevin Spacey.
Each Webby category is split in two: There’s an award from the academy and a ‘people’s voice’ award for which anyone can cast an online vote, the report said.
Winners in the latter category include Beyonce, Tumblr, the NASA website and satirical news site The Onion, which also won in the humour category, it added.
The website “Reasons My Son Is Crying”, features photos of bawling children captioned with the reasons they are upset, received both the Webby and the people’s voice award in the personal blog or website category.
Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig won a lifetime achievement award. The Jamaican Bobsleigh Team won Athlete of the Year honours for using crowd-funding to finance its trip to the Sochi Olympics.
The awards will be handed out on 19 May in New York in a ceremony famous for restricting winners to five-word acceptance speeches, and will be hosted by actor and comedian Patton Oswalt.