Webby nominee hopes to be there on the night

The Christchurch-based manager of SciTechDaily Review, one of two New Zealand websites in the running for 2002 Webby awards, is hoping to attend the awards ceremony in the US next month.

The Christchurch-based manager of SciTechDaily Review, one of two New Zealand websites in the running for 2002 Webby awards, is hoping to attend the awards ceremony in the US next month.

Vicki Hyde says being at the June 18 event in San Francisco is “too good an opportunity to miss”, although she’s not certain she will make it.

“We’re frantically trying to sort out whether we can do it,” says Hyde, whose husband, Peter, will be in the US city 10 days before the Webbys on other business.

SciTechDaily Review shares the honour of being up for an award with sister site Arts & Letters Daily. Hyde says while her site will be competing for the science prize with one from NASA, Arts & Letters Daily is up against the BBC in the news category.

SciTechDaily is run from Christchurch but receives funding from the US. It provides a daily sampling of links to science and technology writing on the web.

Hyde, former editor of the New Zealand Science Monthly, started it as a hobby. She doesn’t know how the New Zealand sites became nominees, a process which costs the nominator $US150.

Aside from the main awards, which are judged by 350 International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences members, anyone connected to the internet can vote in 30 People’s Choice categories. Hyde wants to organise a “virtual red socks” campaign – along the lines of the America’s Cup support effort – to gets votes for the two New Zealand nominees.

The Webbys are in their sixth year and are billed as the web equivalent of the Oscars.

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