Hailed as the "Internet's highest honour" by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.
Although there is a scattering of Canadian projects among the long list of nominees across dozens of categories, it looks like Canada has a great shot at winning one category in particular.
This year, not one but two Canadian companies have been nominated in the Events (Handheld Devices) category in the 17th Annual Webby Awards.
Among the five finalists in this category include Vancouver's Xomo Digital for the Official London 2012 Olympic app and Victoria's MetaLab Design for the TED Connect app.
Xomo created the Official London 2012 Olympic Games Mobile Spectator App (Join In), which provided millions of Olympic spectators with an app that would help them plan, share, discover and enjoy the largest event on earth. Designed in cooperation with digital agency Dare as native apps for Android, iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry, the Join In app was also recently awarded "Best Consumer Mobile App" at the Appster Awards.
MetaLab's TED Connect app did a great job acclimating attendees of the famous TED conference and coached users through their first experience. If attendees wanted to meet someone new, the activity feed and the schedule kept their finger on the TED pulse. Once connecting, attendees could share their contact details with others, make a note about how and why they met, and send an email in-app to keep the conversation going.
Winners will be announced on April 30th and honored at a star-studded ceremony on May 21st on Wall Street in New York City, where they will have an opportunity to deliver one of The Webby Awards' famous five-word speeches.