JudgesThe Webby Awards is judged by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (or IADAS, as we affectionately call it).
The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences was founded in 1998 to help drive the creative, technical, and professional progress of the Internet and evolving forms of interactive media.
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.
You can find a complete list of IADAS members at www.iadas.net
The 25th Annual Webby Awards received 13,500 entries from 70 countries and all 50 states and generated over 9 billion media impressions worldwide.
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 Kerstin Emhoff, Co-Founder & CEO – PRETTYBIRD; Colleen DeCourcy, President, Wieden+Kennedy; Arlan Hamilton, Founder & Managing Partner – Backstage Capital; John Hanke, Founder & CEO – Niantic; Nikole Hannah-Jones, Creator – 1619, The New York Times; Renita Jablonski, Director of Audio – The Washington Post; Mikael Jørgensen, Founder & CEO – &Co; Monica Lewinsky, Activist, Fashion Designer & Producer;
Swizz Beatz & Timbaland, Music Producers & Co-Founders – Verzuz; Vanessa Pappas, COO – TikTok; Daniel Reynolds, Vice President, Digital Media – Disney; Dara Treseder, SVP, Head of Global Marketing & Communications – Peloton; Maya Watson, Head of Global Marketing – Clubhouse.
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.
Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO of Thrive Global
DeRay McKesson, Activist and Pod Save the People host
David Karp, Founder of Tumblr
Biz Stone, Co-Founder of Twitter and Jelly
Piera Gelardi (left), Executive Creative Director of Refinery29
Artist and Fashion Icon, Grimes
Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf, one of the "Fathers of the Internet" and inventor of TCP/IP protocols that would become the Internet.
Alexis Ohanian, Co-founder of Reddit and Partner at Y Combinator
Eva Chen, Head of Fashion Partnerships at Instagram
Musicians Questlove (right) & Posdnuos and Trugoy the Dove of De La Soul
John Maeda, Design Partner at KPCB and Computer Science Artist
Reshma Saujani, Founder of Girls Who Code
Nick Law, Vice Chairman, Chief Creative Officer of Publicis Groupe
Bill Simmons, Founder of The Ringer
Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Professor & Founder of the Creative Commons
Rhett and Link, Hosts of Good Mythical Morning
Margaret Johnson Executive Creative Director, Goodby Silverstein & Partners