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Entry deadline extended for the 2020 Australian Web Awards!

Entry deadline extended for the 2020 Australian Web Awards!

2020 Australian Web Awards entrants, you can breath easy! We have extended our awards entry until midnight Friday 28 February, 2020. We urge anyone who has been working in the industry in Australia to celebrate their achievements by nominating their sites in one of our ten awards categories.

To help you decide on which categories to enter into in this year’s awards, take a look at the changes we’ve made and the full list of categories below. 

In case you've missed it, here’s what we’ve changed...

The Commercial category is now called Medium to Large Business 

We have adjusted the requirements of the Small Business category to make it more accessible (and less opaque)

We have introduced TWO NEW CATEGORIES: Shoestring Website (budget under $10,000) and SEO Effectiveness

The StartUp category has been retired but startups are now eligible to enter the Small Business category

We have revised the explanation of the Social Media category and renamed it Social Media Growth.

Our judging process remains the same and we’re excited to welcome new experts from emerging digital fields to help us award the very best in digital.

2020 Awards Categories for the Australian Web Awards 2020 are:

  • Shoestring Website (budget under $10,000) NEW!
  • SEO Effectiveness NEW!
  • Craft: Design, Coding, Content, UX NEW! (Entry not required. Categories proactively recognised by judges)
  • Social Media Growth (revised)
  • Medium to Large Business (renamed, previously called Commercial)
  • Small Business
  • E-commerce
  • Government
  • Education
  • Not for Profit

Once submitted, our incredible judging panel will evaluate every entry and help select our finalists before winners are announced Saturday 23 May at our 2020 Australian Web Awards dinner.

Ready to enter?

Submit here!

Have questions?

If you’re unsure about what category to enter into – or have a general question about the 2020 Australian Web Awards – Contact [email protected]

Good Luck, Australian Web Awards Team.

2020 Australian Web Awards Update

The Australian Web Awards are set to return to the Gold Coast in May 2020! 

That's right, mark your calendars people we are proud to announce that the 2020 Australian Web Awards are set for May 23, 2020 on the Gold Coast. Now in their 15th year, the Australian Web Awards recognise technical excellence in web development as well as the all important creative component.

The 2020 Web Awards will celebrate projects completed between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019 in the following 9 categories:

  • Startup
  • Small Business
  • E-Commerce
  • Commercial
  • Government
  • Education
  • Not for Profit
  • Innovation
  • Social Media 

The awards are judged by a national selection of creative and technical leaders in the web industry. 

Judging Criteria includes:

  • User Interface Design
  • User Experience Design
  • Content
  • Development
  • Accessibility

Rocket Validator

The preferred HTML and Accessibility validator of the Australian Web Awards Judging Panel.

Rocket Validator helps web developers validate the HTML markup and Accessibility of their large sites in minutes. Instead of having to validate each page individually, let our web spider discover the internal pages of your sites and validate HTML and Accessibility on each page found, up to 5,000 pages per site report.

Entrants to this year's awards are offered a lifetime 25% discount to Rocket Validator.  

The Return of Edge of The Web!

We had such a great day recently on the Gold Coast at the Australian Web Industry Associations' return of 'Edge of the Web' seminar.

We had a host of amazing speakers including:

  • George Pappas - GSquared
  • Miles Burke, Managing Director - BAM Creative
  • Fredy Lievano, Technical Lead - Publicis Worldwide
  • Alex Sunqvist, Head of Digital - Publicis Worldwide
  • Cameron Boardman, CEO - .au Domain Registration
  • Nandor Locher, Head of Digital - Qantas

The Australian Web Awards followed on the Saturday evening recognising Australia's leading talent in the web industry. Finalists and Winners announced here

AWA 2019 Finalists A11Y & HTML Conformance Leaderboard

Rocket Validator is the preferred Accessibility and HTML validator of the Australian Web Awards Judging Panel. 

This leaderboard reflects the code quality for finalists in the Australian Web Awards 2019 competition, based on the number of HTML and Accessibility issues found on their submitted sites using the latest versions of the axe-core accessibility engine and the W3C Validator. 

Based on these checks we've applied a score, where we take the average number of issues per page, and where errors are counted twice and warnings are counted once. 

So, the lower the score, the fewer access barriers a site has - so the site is ranked higher.

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WP Engine Launches DevKit to Offer Best Developer Experience in WordPress Today

WP Engine, the WordPress Digital Experience Platform (DXP), today announced the launch of the WP Engine DevKit, combining a local development environment, SSH Gateway access, easy deployments, and other best-in-class WordPress developer tools for building, debugging and deploying digital experiences. The WP Engine DevKit, currently available as an open beta, is free to download and works with any WordPress environment but is optimized for WP Engine. It is currently available for Mac & Linux in a command line interface (CLI) with a graphic user interface (GUI) version available soon.

 

Solving Developers’ Pain Points

Though it is the most popular content management system (CMS) in the world, making up over 34 percent of all websites, WordPress development isn’t always easy. Too much time can be wasted doing repetitive, manual tasks and debugging. Figuring out how to make all the disparate tools, libraries and packages work together can be daunting. And once all the tools are synced, workflow must be established to keep your projects on track. Often, all of these workflows, processes and tools can get in the way of actual development, bogging developers down and adding frustration to what should be a straightforward, productive process. DevKit integrates a number of best-in-class developer tools to help solve these common issues encountered by WordPress developers.

“We talked to hundreds of customers over the course of the last nine months of building DevKit, to ensure we created the development workflow and environment that developers actually want to use to experiment and iterate digital experiences faster,” said Jason Cohen, Founder and Chief Technology Officer at WP Engine. “We want to create the best development environment for WordPress and we will continue to invest in and iterate on our DevKit in the months ahead.” 

 

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2019 Australian Web Awards Dinner

Speaker Schedule

SPEAKER LINE UP

Miles Burke, Managing Director – BAM Creative - 9am

Topic – How my blog gets 6 million views

Cameron Boardman, CEO .au Domain Registration - 10am

Topic – Australia’s move to direct registration

George Pappas, Director – GSquared - 11am

Topic – Brand Challenges

Fredy Lievano, Technical Lead – Publicis Worldwide - 11:30am

Topic – The power of AI. Solving problems, we couldn’t solve before

Alex Sundqvist, Digital Director – Publicis Worldwide - 1pm

Topic – Will accessibility standards impact innovation

Nandor Locher, Head of Digital – Qantas Airlines - 2pm

Topic – Experience led transformation at Qantas

3pm - Panel Discussion

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Individual tickets for the Edge of The Web event are $119.90 or you can buy an ‘All Access Pass’ including the Awards Dinner celebration and Edge of the Web event for just $280.50! Thinking of taking your team? Purchase 9 and get one FREE for $2521.20. Tickets for both events can be purchased via Eventbrite EXCLUSIVE ACCOMMODATION OFFER Thinking of joining us at the 2019 Australian Web Awards? We are delighted to offer you an exclusive discount of 15% off your accomodation staying at Q1 Resort & Spa!  To book, simply visit Q1 Resort & Spa and enter ‘AWAGCQ1’ when prompted.  You can also take advantage of a 25% discount on the Q1 Skypoint walk during your stay!

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors

 

Edge of The Web

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EDGE OF THE WEB

See inside the minds of some of Australia’s leading digital thinkers at the AWIA Edge of The Web Seminar. To be held beachside at the Kurrawa Surf Club, Broadbeach on Friday 17 May from 9am – 4pm.

This day long seminar and panel discussion will be a brilliant chance for those working or interested in the digital and web industry to meet and greet these industry leaders.

SPEAKER LINE UP

George Pappas, Director – GSquared

Topic – Brand Challenges

Miles Burke, Managing Director – BAM Creative

Topic – How my blog gets 6 million views

Fredy Lievano, Technical Lead – Publicis Worldwide

Topic – The power of AI. Solving problems, we couldn’t solve before

Alex Sundqvist, Head of Digital – Publicis Worldwide

Topic – Will accessibility standards impact innovation

Cameron Boardman, CEO .au Domain Registration

Topic – Australia’s move to direct registration

Nandor Locher, Head of Digital – Qantas Airlines

Topic – Experience led transformation at Qantas

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Individual tickets for the Edge of The Web event are $119.90 or you can buy an ‘All Access Pass’ including the Awards Dinner celebration and Edge of the Web event for just $280.50! Thinking of taking your team? Purchase 9 and get one FREE for $2521.20. Tickets for both events can be purchased via Eventbrite EXCLUSIVE ACCOMMODATION OFFER Thinking of joining us at the 2019 Australian Web Awards? We are delighted to offer you an exclusive discount of 15% off your accomodation staying at Q1 Resort & Spa!  To book, simply visit Q1 Resort & Spa and enter ‘AWAGCQ1’ when prompted.  You can also take advantage of a 25% discount on the Q1 Skypoint walk during your stay!

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors

Australia Web Industry Association National Web Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the first time ever, the Australian Web Industry Association (AWIA) National Web Awards will be held on the Gold Coast at one of Australia's most iconic buildings Q1.

Now in their 14th year, the Australian Web Awards recognise technical excellence in web development as well as the all important creative component.

The 2019 Web Awards will celebrate projects completed between 1 July 2017 and 31 December 2018 in the following 9 categories:

Startup

Small Business

E-Commerce

Commercial

Government

Education

Not for Profit

Innovation

Social Media 

The awards are judged by a national selection of creative and technical leaders in the web industry. 

Judging Criteria includes:

User Interface Design

User Experience Design

Content

Development

Accessibility

Winners will be announced at the Australian Web Awards celebration being held at Q1, level 78 from 6:30pm on Saturday 18 May 2019. Individual tickets to the gala event are available for $209 and a table of ten is $1881. 

Don't miss out on the celebration. Get your tickets now

AWIA MEMBER DISCOUNT

Current Members receive a 10% discount for Edge of The Web and the 2019 Australian Web Awards dinner. Contact AWIA today for your members only discount code!

BONUS EVENT: EDGE OF THE WEB SEMINAR

See inside the minds of some of Australia's leading digital thinkers at the AWIA Edge of The Web Seminar. To be held beachside at the Kurrawa Surf Club, Broadbeach on Friday 17 May from 9am - 4pm.

This day long seminar and panel discussion will be a brilliant chance for those working or interested in the digital and web industry to meet and greet these industry leaders. 

SPEAKER LINE UP

George Pappas, Director - GSquared 

Topic - Brand Challenges

Miles Burke, Managing Director - BAM Creative 

Topic - How my blog gets 6 million views

Fredy Lievano, Technical Lead - Publicis Worldwide

Topic - The power of AI. Solving problems, we couldn't solve before

Alex Sundqvist, Head of Digital - Publicis Worldwide

Topic - Will accessibility standards impact innovation

Cameron Boardman, CEO .au Domain Registration

Topic - Australia's move to direct registration

Nandor Locher, Head of Digital - Qantas Airlines

Topic - Experience led transformation at Qantas

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Individual tickets for the Edge of The Web event are $119.90 or you can buy an 'All Access Pass' including the Awards Dinner celebration and Edge of the Web event for just $280.50! Thinking of taking your team? Purchase 9 and get one FREE for $2521.20. Tickets for both events can be purchased via Eventbrite

EXCLUSIVE ACCOMMODATION OFFER

Thinking of joining us at the 2019 Australian Web Awards? We are delighted to offer you an exclusive discount of 15% off your accomodation staying at Q1 Resort & Spa!  To book, simply visit Q1 Resort & Spa and enter 'AWAGCQ1' when prompted.  You can also take advantage of a 25% discount on the Q1 Skypoint walk during your stay!

CATEGORY FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR:

Startup

Social Media

Small Business

Government

To be announced soon....

Education

Not for Profit

E-Commerce

Commercial

Innovation

 

Thank you to our Sponsors