Webby Awards Seeks Better Restaurant Websites for 2011

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) announced the call for entries for the 16th Annual Webby Awards. Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by the New York Times, The Webbys celebrates the year’s best websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile and apps. The final deadline for entry submissions is December 16, 2011.

“The restaurant industry is doing some of the most interesting and innovative work on the Internet today,” said David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of the Webby Awards. “The Webby Awards is an exciting opportunity for restaurant industry leaders to be recognized alongside Internet luminaries.”

All entries compete for the Webby Award (as voted on by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences) and the People’s Voice Award (as voted on by the fans).  Last year, nearly 1.5 million votes were cast. Entrants can submit their work for this year’s Webby Awards at www.entries.webbyawards.com. Nominees will be announced in April 2012, and the hallmark Webby ceremony will be held in Spring 2012.

Entrants compete not only to win The Webby, but to have their five-word speeches immortalized alongside the likes of former winners Conan O’Brien for Team Coco, Flipboard, Anna Wintour for vogue.com, mobile game Angry Birds, location-based app foursquare, and Agency of The Year Wieden+Kennedy.  Since 2007, Webby Awards 5-word speech videos have garnered 7 million views on YouTube.com/webby. 

The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS), which nominates and selects the Webby Award winners, is comprised of web industry experts, including mobile phone inventor Martin Cooper, media mogul Arianna Huffington, R/GA Chairman Bob Greenberg, Martha Stewart, and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.

For information on the 16th Annual Webby Awards, please visit

www.webbyawards.com.