Get your entries in for the Lovie awards

The Webby awards have always been a bit of an American event despite their claims, so it’s good to see that we’re now getting a European version – The Lovie Awards.

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) – the international organisation responsible for presenting the Webby Awards, Internet Week New York and Internet Week Europe – is launching an awards event to celebrate and honour the best of Europe’s broad and vibrant internet community.

The Lovie Awards will be the first-ever pan-European award to embrace the entire breadth of content created across Europe for the Internet – from website and mobile apps to online film and video, as well as interactive advertising. Inaugural sponsors and partners from across Europe include Yahoo!, Aquent, Behance, BIMA, and TVN.

The Lovie Awards, named in honour of Ada Lovelace who, as the “first computer programmer,” represents innovation and outstanding achievement in technology, is inviting submissions in five different languages – German, French, Italian, Spanish and English. The first call for entries will take place on 24th March.

The newly formed European division of IADAS will select the nominees and winners via a judging panel comprising:

  • David Rowan, Editor, Wired UK
  • Niklas Zennström & Janus Friis, Skype Founders
  • Rino Moffa, Founder, TVN/Consulmarketing
  • Iain Dodsworth, Founder/CEO, TweetDeck
  • Gustav Martner, Executive Creative Director/Partner, Crispin Porter + Bogusky Europe
  • Regine Debatty, Founder, We-Make-Money-Not-Art
  • Rafa Soto, Executive Creative Director/Owner, Herraiz Soto
  • Giuliano Giorgetti, Head of Web & New Media, AC Milan
  • Stefanie Hoffmann, Co-Founder, aka-aki
  • Jonathan Benassaya, Co-Founder, Deezer

The winners will be announced at an awards’ event taking place during Internet Week Europe, 7-11 November.

To enter the Lovies go to the website and sign up.