Over 400 people entered websites in the awards this year, with judges whittling down the numbers for the finals which take place in the RDS Concert Hall on October 15th.
Unlike some Irish internet awards, where it can cost up to €150 to enter, entries to the Web Awards are free and the judging process is seen as a more open process, allowing sites with limited budgets and staff to go up against financially backed professionals. The Web Awards brag that they have “saved people and businesses €150,000 in nomination fees with our awards this year. Accountants may point out we lost €150,000 in revenue.”
Tickets to the event are also cheaper than many other Irish digital events, coming in at €35 for Early Bird tickets and then going up to the normal price of €50 after October 1st. 2FM’s Rick O’Shea returns once again as the host for the evening’s festivities.
“The entries were outstanding as usual and we are particularly excited to see the finalists for our new category – Ireland’s most influential website. We are delighted to continue to support these awards and are pleased to see this year’s entries more than doubled compared to last year. We wish all finalists the best of luck and look forward to the awards ceremony on 15 October.”
Martin O’Leary, Head of Marketing at Realex Payments
Reacting to today’s announcement, Krank.ie founder Neil Markey said he was thrilled by the news and invited internet peers and readers to meet up at the event to celebrate.
“We couldn’t do what we do without the support of our friends and our lovely readers. Having something evolve like this over five years is an odd but exciting experience. Sometimes it can be a tough slog, as Ireland can be a difficult place to do this sort of thing.
It’s always nice and encouraging to see our name up in lights beside some of the bigger names in Irish publishing. The fact it is at the Web Awards is an added bonus as they are always fantastic events.”