Awarding-winning website goes to NYC

Watch a slideshow of UChicago's new responsive website on its way to the 2013 Webby Awards

  • Zabar’s bagel for breakfast

  • At the Yankees game

  • Freedom Tower

  • Consulting the Central Park map

  • At the Strand

  • Having delicious hole-in-the-wall Shawarma

  • With New York’s finest

  • With the bears near the Met

  • Going to the top of the Empire State Building

  • Greenwood Cemetary

  • Bull Market

  • The Webby Awards (our mobile site needed a rest)

  • Back home to Chicago

April 30 was a big day. The World Wide Web turned 20. Willie Nelson celebrated his 80th birthday. And the University of Chicago announced had won TWO Webby Awards. UChicago was honored in the School/University category for websites with both the Webby Award and the Webby People's Voice Award, two of the highest honors on the Internet. On May 20, the responsive website traveled to New York with Information Technology Services project manager Stacey Shintani, designer André Marques, and front-end developer Jack Auses to receive this great honor.

Superstar judges love UChicago

The Webby Award winners were determined by a panel of judges including musicians David Bowie and Damian Kulash of OK Go, Internet co-inventor Vint Cerf, The Huffington Post's Arianna Huffington, Twitter founder Biz Stone, "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening, and many more. 

And of course the People's Voice Award was determined by popular vote. MANY thanks to all of you who helped the University of Chicago edge out our talented competition.

UChicago is keeping good company

There were 11,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide, and the list of winners in various categories is astounding. Here are some of the groups honored at the awards ceremony:

  • Best Charitable Organizations/Non-Profit (Webby Winner)
  • NYTimes: Best News & Information (Social) (Webby & People's Voice Winner)
  • Dropbox: Webby Awards for Best Utilities & Services (Handheld Devices) and People's Voice Awards for Best Practices (Website Features and Design), Best Utilities and Services (Handheld Devices), Best Utilities and Services (Tablet and all other devices), Best Web Services & Applications (General Website)
  • Google Maps for iPhone: Webby and People's Voice for Best use of GPS or Location Technology (All Devices), Best User Experience (All Devices) and People's Voice for Best Guides/Ratings/Reviews (Handheld Devices)
  • Tumblr: Webby and People's Voice Awards for Best User Experience (Website Features and Design) and Best Community (General Website) and People's Voice Award for Best Social (Tablet and All other Devices)
  • HBO Go: Webby Awards for Best Media Streaming Service (All Devices), Webby and People's Voice for Best Practices (All Devices)and People's Voice Award for Best Consumer Electronics & Services Website (Websites, Micro Sites, and Rich Media)
  • Pinterest: Webby and People's Voice Awards for Best Social (Handheld Devices), Best Social Media (General Website)

Special thanks

The New York Times calls the Webbys "the Internet's highest honor." The University of Chicago couldn't have won this without the hard work and dedication of many colleagues and friends across IT Services and University Communications. Special thanks to the homepage redesign team led by Stacey Shintani, André Marques, and Jack Auses.

Originally published on June 24, 2013.