Site savvy to be awarded virtually

To attend a new internet awards ceremony to be held in October, you'll only have to travel as far as a PC with an internet connection.

To attend a new internet awards ceremony to be held in October, you’ll only have to travel as far as a PC with an internet connection.

The New Zealand Internet Awards will be held online on October 12. Director Thomas Scovell says the ceremony will take place over the internet via webcast, and after each award is announced winners will be able to log in to the award’s website to make an "acceptance speech" - a comment written below the award listing their success.

Scovell, marketing executive for BulletProof Software, an Auckland company which produces an ftp client and server, says the idea of the awards came about when he and some friends in the industry were lamenting the small number of focused, specialised internet awards in New Zealand.

“There are the NetGuide Awards, for example, but they’re very focused on web design and there’s more to the net than design.”

Some marketing and other awards have internet categories, Scovell says, but he and his associates wanted a wide ranging specialised set of awards.

The focus of The New Zealand Internet Awards is on the writing on websites and other aspects Scovell says are glossed over by most awards ceremonies. “For the most part, existing awards merely reward companies for implementing large design budgets and replicating offshore ideas.”

The public are invited to nominate sites (at Netawards) and a panel of judges from the local web and media industry will choose the finalists, with the winners selected by a combination of public online voting and judges decision.

All software used for the awards will be open source and Scovell says the awards are non-profit, with no supporters having naming rights. Donations from several organisations have been accepted, including www.entertainz.co.nz, which will be the web host.

Categories include individual home page, internet-released music single, internet software, online retailer, netcaster, non-profit organisation website and several awards for internet journalism.

According to the site, 240 nominations had been received as of last Monday.

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