Webbyless Scitechdaily enjoyed the experience

A spirited fight to win a People's Voice Webby failed but the experience was worth it.

The editor of Christchurch website SciTech Daily Review, Vicki Hyde, says while she came away from this year’s Webbys without an award, the San Francisco event was a great experience.

“We had a great time even if we didn't win,” says Hyde, whose site lost out in the science category to judged winner Becoming Human and People’s Voice winner – decided by popular vote -- NASA Earth Observatory.

“We went out to dinner with the NASA guys. They had been very worried by us; even thought about digging out a satellite shot of Christchurch and putting cross-hairs over it and emailing it to us,” Hyde says.

Hyde had put up a spirited fight for the People’s Voice prize, which she says spurred NASA to do some campaigning of its own.

“When they realised that we were gaining on them rapidly, they emailed the big NASA science folk and asked to have a notice put on their email list. That had 184,000 people on the list so almost stalled our progress in the final week -- enough to make the crucial

difference.”

The Webbys are billed as the internet equivalent of the Oscars. While SciTech Daily dipped out of the prizes, fellow Christchurch site Arts & Letters Daily was the People’s Voice winner in the news category, the judged winner of which was BBC News.

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