The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences was founded in 1998 to help drive the creative, technical, and professional progress of the Internet and evolving forms of interactive media.
The Webbys are judged by the international academy of digital arts and sciences (or IADAS, as we affectionately refer to them).
In the model of the film, television, and the recording industries, the purposes of The Academy are:
• To recognize and acknowledge excellence in interactive content across emerging technologies.
• To connect a diverse group of luminaries to facilitate growth and development in the digital arts and sciences.
• To educate industry professionals and the public-at-large about what is relevant, making technology accessible and integrating it into the general culture.
Associate Academy members are former Webby winners and nominees and other invited industry professionals who are leaders in their peer groups because of their creative and technical accomplishments. Associate members are invited to take part in Round 1 Judging, the initial phase of the Webby evaluation process.
The Executive Academy is comprised of industry luminaries such as actor Kevin Spacey, musicians David Bowie and Questlove, Internet inventor Vint Cerf, Instagram’s Head of Fashion Partnerships Eva Chen, comedian Jimmy Kimmel, Twitter Founder Biz Stone, Vice Media Founder and CEO Shane Smith, Tumblr’s David Karp, Director of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society Susan P. Crawford, The Barbarian Group CEO Sophie Kelly, journalist Bill Simmons, Refinery29’s Executive Creative Director Piera Gelardi, and Vine Founder Russ Yusopov. Members also include writers and editors from publications such as The New York Times, Wired, Details, Fast Company, Elle, The Los Angeles Times, Vibe, and WallPaper.
The 19th Annual Webby Awards received 13,000 entries from over 70 countries and all 50 states and generated over 2.1 billion media impressions worldwide.