Obama campaign tech team wins Webby award

Apr 30, 2013
An iPhone app displays information about the second inauguration of US President Barack Obama in Washington, DC, on January 14, 2013. The technology team behind Obama's successful re-election campaign joined a star-studded list of Webby Award winners honored Tuesday for "Internet excellence."

The technology team behind US President Barack Obama's successful re-election campaign joined a star-studded list of Webby Award winners honored Tuesday for "Internet excellence."

Members of Obama's tech team took home a Breakout of the Year award for a "historic campaigning effort (that) masterfully combined savvy political and tech genius to become the secret weapon behind Obama's commanding re-election."

Annual presented by the honor the best of the Internet.

Winners are selected by an executive academy with members including musician David Bowie, Vint Cerf, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone and Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom.

Obama's tech team was lauded for making the Internet an integral part of the 2012 presidential campaign and analyzing data in real time to better target voters.

The Canadian musician known as Grimes, who became a sensation after giving her early recordings away free online, was crowned Webby Artist of the Year for tapping into the Internet not only to distribute music but also for engaging with fans.

"Grimes has certainly raised the bar for all solo entertainers, showing a fearlessness, candor and understanding of the Web that makes her a true 21st century digital star," according to Webby organizers.

Hollywood star Kevin Spacey and his Trigger Street Productions co-founder Dana Brunetti received a Webby Special Achievement Award for their work producing a "House of Cards" series of shows streamed exclusively on Netflix.

Trigger Street also produced "The Social Network" film telling a tale of the genesis of .

Spacey and Brunetti "brought the story of Facebook to the big screen with 'The Social Network' and are now at the forefront of a revolution to bring quality content to screens of all shapes and sizes," Webby organizers said.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld was awarded a Webby for Outstanding Comedic Performance in the "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" while hip-hop music star Frank Ocean was chosen Webby Person of the Year.

Ocean used Tumblr to come out as gay to his fans in "a move considered by many as particularly brave given the history of outspoken discrimination in the hip-hop and R&B communities," the Webby academy said.

The list of 17th Annual Webby Awards winners was available online at webbyawards.com.

Explore further: Turkey still hopes Twitter will open local office

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Google+, Spotify, Facebook get top Web awards

May 01, 2012

Social networks Google+ and Pinterest and the music service Spotify each grabbed their first Webby Awards on Tuesday in the 16th edition of the competition for the top Internet sites.

Recommended for you

Net neutrality balancing act

5 hours ago

Researchers in Italy, writing in the International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management have demonstrated that net neutrality benefits content creator and consumers without compromising provider innovation nor pr ...

Twitter rules out Turkey office amid tax row

Apr 16, 2014

Social networking company Twitter on Wednesday rejected demands from the Turkish government to open an office there, following accusations of tax evasion and a two-week ban on the service.

How does false information spread online?

Apr 16, 2014

Last summer the World Economic Forum (WEF) invited its 1,500 council members to identify top trends facing the world, including what should be done about them. The WEF consists of 80 councils covering a wide range of issues including social media. Members come ...

User comments : 0

More news stories

Turning off depression in the brain

Scientists have traced vulnerability to depression-like behaviors in mice to out-of-balance electrical activity inside neurons of the brain's reward circuit and experimentally reversed it – but there's ...

There's something ancient in the icebox

Glaciers are commonly thought to work like a belt sander. As they move over the land they scrape off everything—vegetation, soil, and even the top layer of bedrock. So scientists were greatly surprised ...