23rd Annual Webby Awards September 11, 2018

Check Out This Year’s Brand New Honors: Voice, Games & more!

The 23rd Annual Webby Awards features new honors across Voice and more! Here's info on what's new this year and where to enter.

With the Internet, the only constant is change—and we love that!

For The Webby Awards’ 23rd season, and in response to the proliferation of groundbreaking capabilities for voice-enabled devices and smart assistants, we’re thrilled to launch a new dedicated suite of honors just for Voice. As well as expanded honors across SocialVideoGames, and much more. Read about new categories below, and see all 23rd Annual Webby Awards categories here.

New Dedicated Honors for Voice

From productivity assistants to medical tools, to smart home devices, voice technology has exploded: So much so, that 55% of U.S. households are predicted to have at least one voice-enabled speaker by 2022 (according to a new study by Adobe Analytics).

Responding to the innovation we’re seeing in Voice, this year’s Webby Awards features categories including:

  • Games and Entertainment
  • Productivity
  • Best User Experience
  • Food and Drinks
  • Business & Finance

In addition to these brand new honors, we’re excited to welcome expert judges to review work across Voice categories this year, including:

  • Voice technology veteran Cathy Pearl (@cpearl42), who heads Conversation Design Outreach at Google
  • Amazon’s CTO Werner Vogels (@Werner)
  • Anna Patterson, Founder and Managing Partner at Gradient Ventures at Google
  • 360i President Abbey Klaassen (@amklaassen)
  • VP & Chief AI Scientist at Facebook, Yann LeCun (@ylecun)

(Get to know several of our new judges here.)

New Categories for Social

Media entities and brands alike are creating outstanding franchise content plays that have redefined storytelling, particularly on social platforms.

To honor this incredible growth in Social, we’ve added a new suite of honors for Social Content Series & Campaigns, including:

  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Travel
  • News & Politics—and beyond

New Honors for Video

Video is everywhere. To honor the rise of great content and emerging technologies affecting video, we’ve expanded categories for Video Channels & Networks, including:

  • Animation
  • Documentary
  • How-to-DIY 
  • Travel & Leisure 

That’s in addition to new categories like Best Series in Virtual Reality & 360 Video, and Branded Entertainment categories, like Products & Services. See them all and enter here.

In the meantime, check out past Webby Winners in Video, like First We Feast’s “Hot Ones.

Expanded Categories in Games

Last year’s inaugural suite of Games categories was a huge success, producing incredible winners like FortniteCupheadNight SkyStar Wars: Jedi ChallengesThe Long Dark, and more!

So we’ve expanded our Games categories to recognize even more amazing online gaming experiences. Check out new honors for Public Service, Activism, and Social Impact; Adventure; and Education—and get ready to enter your best work in Games.

That’s not all. Visit our entries page to see the full breakdown of our new categories, across Websites; Advertising, Media & PR; Apps, Mobile, and Voice; Social; Podcasts; and Games. And enter before the Extended Entry Deadline on Friday, Feb 7, 2020.