Last night saw Irish telecommunications company, Eircom, host the annual Golden Spider awards, an event which is garnering more attention with each passing year.
The Golden Spiders are fast becoming an event that everyone wants to be a part of given the ever growing technology industry in Ireland. More and more companies are opting for Dublin-based offices; already home to the likes of IBM, Google, Intel (and with Facebook on the way), the web is playing a bigger role in business as the months and years go by.
The Spiders are about Recognizing Excellence in Internet & Digital Media and according to the Irish Times, entries for this year’s awards hit 607, a full 20 percent increase in entries compared to 2007, including a People’s Choice award for the favourite Social Networking and Community site as voted for by, you guessed it, the people.
Last night’s ceremony saw a healthy mix of winners right across the board, including a less businessy award for "Best Community or Charity Website" for heartsplay.ie, however it seems the big winners were the Ordnance Survey Ireland and TV3.ie, each scooping two of the gold arachnids.
While Eircom is the title sponsor, the awards themselves are owned by Business & Finance Media Group, publisher of Business and Finance Magazine and Magill and hosts of the Business & Finance US-Ireland Awards.
The 2008 Eircom Golden Spiders Award Winners are as follows.
Best Financial Services Website Winner: Irishdeposits.ie
Best Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Website Winner: Irelandguide.com
Best Digital Media Website Winner: tv3.ie
Best Sports & Leisure Website Winner: imra.ie
Best Community & Charity Website Winner: heartsplay.ie
Best Education, Research & Training Website Winner: osi.ie
Best e-business Website – (exclusive to web business) Winner: litriocht.com
Best Property Website – (non portal) Winner: chesterfieldblackrock.ie
Best Mobile Content/Applicatio Winner: Kidsafe – sentrywireless.com
Best New Indigenous Website 2008 Winner: Movies.ie
Best Use of Film, Digital Animation or Motion Graphics Winner: Thebellatwyle.com
Best Blog Winner: Mulley.net
Best e-Government Website Shortlist Winner: osi.ie
Best Entertainment & Games Related Website Winner: redfm.ie
Best FMCG Website Winner: Lucozadesport.ie
Best Recruitment Website Winner: Prosperity.ie
Best Interactive Marketing Campaign Winner: Mrtayto.ie
Best Professional Services Website Winner: Rbk.ie
Best Web Design & Development Agency Winner: Webfactory.ie
Best Retail & Home Shopping Website Winner: Toyota.ie
Best Social Networking & Community - Peoples Choice Nominees Winner: Boards.ie
Young Designer of The Year Winner: Naoise O Conchubhair
Internet Hero Winner: Aodhan Cullen
Grand Prix Winner: Tv3.ie
Peoples Choice Award Winner: Boards.ie