New "Best Events and Live Broadcast" Category for
The 11th Annual Webby Awards
Selected Amongst Winners by the Public after more than 400,000 Votes Cast
The Webby Awards, the leading international honor for Websites, today announced that the Exploratorium's Total Solar Eclipse: Live from Turkey webcast won the People's Voice Award in the new "Best Events and Live Broadcast" Category of 2007 in the annual People’s Voice voting. People’s Voice Winners will be honored at the 11th Annual Webby Awards in New York City on June 3-5, 2007.
Hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet" by the New York Times, the Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video, and Mobile Websites. The awards are judged by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organization that includes Harvey Weinstein, Arianna Huffington, Matt Groening, Jamie Oliver, Internet inventor Vinton Cerf, and RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser.
"The Webby Awards honors the outstanding work that is setting the standards for the Internet," said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. "The Exploratorium's Total Solar Eclipse: Live from Turkey winner selection is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators."
The Exploratorium, known for its live webcasting of scientific and astronomical events around the world, maintinas an extensive Website that averages over 27 million visitors per year. The Exploratorium Website received the Webby Award for Education in 2002. It also received the Webby Award for Best Science Site three years in a row (1997-1999), and in 2004. The Science of Hockey Web site was nominated for the Webby Award for Best Sports Site in 1998.
The 11th Annual Webby Awards received a record 8,000 entries from over 60 countries and all 50 states.
The Exploratorium is a public educational institution for peoples of all ages. This innovative museum of science, technology, art, and human perception provides for the general public, even those with the most limited scientific knowledge, an experience enabling them to understand science and nature. This year, the Exploratorium's audience numbers over 20 million at exhibits at science centers and other locations worldwide. More than 500,000 visitors will come to the Exploratorium itself to interact with the original, hands-on exhibits; 6,000 teachers will participate in professional development programs; 128,000 students and teachers visit on school field trips; and another 5,000 students, many from San Francisco’s underserved neighborhoods, will benefit from the Children's Educational Outreach Program. 50,000 copies of Exploratorium publications are sold, and its award-winning Website receives 27 million unique visits during the year. At the 4th Science Center World Congress in Rio in 2005, science centers from five continents ranked the Exploratorium as the number one science center in the world.
About the Webby Awards
Hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video, and Mobile Websites. Established in 1996, the 11th Annual Webby Awards received a record 8,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: Adobe; The Creative Group; Verizon; AOL Video; dotMobi; The Barbarian Group; CondéNast|CondéNet; Level3; Adweek; Fortune; Reuters; Variety; Wired; IDG: Brightcove; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced.Net; KobeMail and Museum of the Moving Image.