AWA Workshop Announcement – George Pappas

AWA Workshop Announcement – George Pappas

The Healthy Baker case study

We are proud to announce our second speaker at our Australian Web Awards workshop George Pappas, Director of Web & Social at G Squared, an award-winning digital agency headquartered in Sydney. G Squared works with the likes of Bose, UNSW, Bunnings, Sydney Swans and others in turning digital dreams into reality. The agency has grown to a headcount of 25+ with offices in both Sydney and Brisbane.

During his talk, George will cover

  • Unique brand challenge
  • Research & insights
  • UX challenge & solution
  • UI wins
  • Results   

For ticket information or speaker enquiries, please contact [email protected]

2019 Judging Chair - Jarrad Langdon

Jarrad has always had an interest in computers and design. When he was offered an apprenticeship at a local design firm he keenly embraced the opportunity presented to him. After completing several TAFE courses Jarrad’s talents have resulted in success both locally and internationally. The pinnacle of this success was his gold medal in Website Design at the WorldSkills International Competition, Helsinki 2005.

Apart from being the trip coordinator for Jala Design, Jarrad is now passing on his talents to future designers by teaching design skills within TAFE NSW at the Hornsby Campus. Jarrad has also proudly continued to promote Apprenticeships as an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador. He continues his involvement with WorldSkills Australia as a board member, regional/national judge, regional/national project designer and International Chief Expert.

Jarrad is a proud member of the Parramatta Eels (cue laughter) and attends all home games on a regular basis. In his spare time, he can be found experimenting with eating new foods, sipping on a black coffee or enjoying quiet drinks with mates.

Watch out for his Table Tennis killer slam!


AWA Workshop Announcement – Miles Burke

Why blogging equals awesome marketing

We are excited to announce our first guest speaker of the 2019 Australian Web Awards Workshop event! Miles Burke has been involved in digital marketing since 1994.

Since 2002, Miles has been Managing Director of Bam Creative, an award-winning digital marketing agency based in Western Australia. In 2015, Miles founded employee survey startup, 6Q.

A passionate advocate in the startup ecosystem, Miles has been a mentor for founders in programs such as Focus Upstart, Founders Institute, Fusion Founders and regularly at Startup Weekend Perth.

Miles is the Author of The Principles of Successful Freelancing (SitePoint), previous editor of the widely-read weekly SitePoint Tribune and a sought-after public speaker.

Miles was the Founder and National Chairperson of the Australian Web Industry Association (2002-2012). Previously, Miles was Board Member and Secretary of the Western Australian Internet Association (1999 – 2004), committee member of Western Australia’s premier fashion event, StyleAID, a committee member for a community radio station and committee member of the Fellowship of Australian Writers.

In 2007, Miles was one of the 40 under 40, an award by Business News, and in 2005 he was awarded an award for his ‘contribution to the Western Australian web industry’.

At our May 17 Workshop event, Miles will take us through how his startup, 6Q, attracts millions of readers to their blog and has over 200 page one keywords. In his talk, Miles will share the exact process he uses to create great content and attract customers through the SEO that results.


Contact [email protected] today for ticket information.

Call For Speakers

Increase your industry exposure!

#AusWebAwards2019 is just around the corner and we are now taking applications to participate in our speakers unite event, to be held Friday 17 May 2019 on the Gold Coast. AWIA is now seeking engaging, visionary and innovative speakers for our event, so if you work in the web industry and have valuable experiences, tips, tricks, or advice to share to help us build knowledge, increase efficiencies, stay connected and increase profitability please contact [email protected] today with your Talk title and brief description.

Benefits of Speaking

  • Your session will prominently be featured in marketing outreach sent to thousands of AWIA members and industry professionals
  • Your photo, social media tags and bio prominently featured on both AWIA and the Australian Web Awards Web site, establishing you and your company as trusted and respected industry leaders
  • Complimentary admission to the 2019 Australian Web Awards

For questions or submissions for the 2019 Australian Web Awards, please contact [email protected]

*Please be aware that many of the sessions may be presented in a panel format and/or may feature multiple speakers. The decision to feature multiple speakers in any one session is at the sole discretion of the AWIA board. Please also note that we do not accept any sessions that are product demonstrations or sales pitches.

Rocket Validator announces judging sponsorship

Excited to announce that this year all entrants into the 2019 Australian Web Awards, will recieive a LIFETIME 30% off discount code! 

Rocket Validator's web spider will crawl your site and check up to 5,000 pages for HTML5 conformance and accessibility, with a single click. Schedule as many validations as you need. Just enter the URL to be validated, how many pages to check, and how often you want us to check your sites. You can easily connect your site with Rocket Validator, so an automatic site validation is started when you deploy a new version of your site.

Compatible with Heroku, Netlify, Github Pages, Engine Yard, Cloud66, and other hosting platforms.

Your pages will be checked for HTML markup validation with the W3C's Nu HTML Checker, like in

Each issue found will be shown in its context, including a snippet of the affected code, line and column and link to the source.

For more information about the 2019 Australian Web Awards, contact [email protected]

E-commerce Entries

E-commerce category is for websites whose primary purpose is to sell products or services online.

Validation guidelines -

✔️Content - spellchecked
✔️Page Speed Testing
✔️SSL Certificate - current
✔️Markup - HTML5 with less than three (3) Unique Errors

Charles Babbage

Happy Fathers Day, Charles Babbage who was considered to be the father of computing after his invention and concept of the Analytical Engine in 1837. The Analytical Engine contained an Arithmetic Logic Unit (ALU), basic flow control, and integrated memory; hailed as the first general-purpose computer concept. Unfortunately, because of funding issues, this computer was never built while Charles Babbage was alive.

However, in 1910 Henry Babbage, Charles Babbage’s youngest son was able to complete a portion of the machine that could perform basic calculations. In 1991, the London Science Museum completed a working version of the Analytical Engine No 2. This version incorporated Babbage’s refinements developed during the creation of the Analytical Engine.

Although Babbage never completed his invention in his lifetime, his radical ideas and concepts of the computer are what make him the father of computing.

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AWIA Australian Web Awards

The annual AWIA Australian Web Awards will be held in May 2019, with judging eligibility dates of 01 July 2017 - 31 December 2018. These prestigious awards are open to AWIA members and recognise the fantastic work being done each year by AWIA members across the country. If you are not an AWIA member – don’t worry, you can join and enter the awards at the same time. Contact [email protected] to become a member today!

The Awards will be judged by an expert panel of your peers. Previous winners of Australian Web Awards have ranged from large organisations to single developers – so don’t think you cannot win! If you think your site is great (and frankly, who doesn’t!) then submit an entry. Winners are showcased on the Australian Web Awards  and AWIA website.

You cannot win if you do not enter.
Sites can be entered in one of the following ten categories:

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

Full details of the judging criteria, criteria weighting and required validation guidelines are detailed within our judging process page.

And there’s more:
This year we are introducing ‘Excellence in Criteria’ awards. These ‘Best in Show’ awards will be presented to sites that demonstrate excellence in at least one of: User interface design; User experience design; Content; Development, and Accessibility.

The top award is the McFarlane Prize: our national prize for excellence, which will be given to the most outstanding site overall. Last year, the awards went to the outstanding team at Humaan.

Check out the criteria for each category and register. We will ask you to do self-validation of your site but that will help you just as much as it helps us. And here’s a tip – check out some of our previous winners. If you think your site is better than these then we need to see it!

Entry opening and closing dates to be announced shortly.

Finalists for 2016

The finalist for the 2016 Australian Web Awards are;

Personal Category

StartUp Category

Small Business




Education (Helen Burgess Education Award)

Not for Profit


Social Media

  • Clever Starfish for Media Crime Stoppers

  • Bam Creative for Go New Zealand


As to WHO will win the McFarlane Award - It will be one of the above Finalists.


Watch out for the announcements on Facebook and Twitter. 


Good Luck to all for this evening.

Will you be our next winner?

You spent weeks understanding your client’s needs, pitching your design, explaining about focusing on the user experience – only to find the client needs the site completed next week and the content is still to be created! No? Not how it happened for you?

Sure, we would all love to have the time to work step-by-step through the sometimes complicated and convoluted process of building that award-winning website. But most of the time we simply have to do our best.

The AWIA Australian Web Awards gives you the chance to be a winner. We recognise the craft and skill that makes a good site an excellent one. Most of the time, the hard work is under the hood making the site look deceptively simple and straightforward. But with our panel of expert judges, we look under the hood and see exactly what you have done.

So, are you our next winner?

There is only one way to find out, and it is easy. Simply log on to and register. You will receive a log-in and this gives you access to the entry forms to enter your fantastic site in the 2016 Australian Web Awards. If you have entered before, just use your previous login details.

But there’s a catch – there is an entry fee. If you are a member of AWIA – the Australian Web Industry Association - then your entry costs from $80. If you are not it costs a lot more. So why not join Australia’s premier web business professional association and be part of this exciting event. There’s nothing like a winners trophy for the meeting-room table to impress new clients!

All the details can be found on When there, check out our gallery of previous winners. In the Small Business category, the 2015 winner was built by Humaan. With summer on the way, this may be just the thing for you – but maybe put your website entry in before you get too absorbed in your boating dreams. Entries close on Friday 16 September.