The 1997 Webby Awards were the first of the annual Webby Awards, and also the first-ever nationally televised awards ceremony devoted to the Internet. 700 people attended the event on March 6, 1997, at Bimbo's Night Club in San Francisco, California.
Nominees and winners
|Category||Webby Award winner||Other nominees|
|Art and Design||Entropy8
|Eadweard Muybridge: New Media Pioneer|
|Books and magazines||Salon
|24 Hours in Cyberspace|
|Games||You Don't Know Jack
|Macromedia Shockwave Gallery|
|Living / Health||Reuters Health Information
|Money||Edmunds Automobile Guide
||The Motley Fool|
|Adbuster's Culture Jammer's Headquarters|
|Movie and Film||Internet Movie Database
|Addicted to Noise|
|Microsoft Music Central|
|Politics + Law||The Netizen
|California Voter Foundation|
|The Stalker's Home Page|
|The Discovery Channel Online|
|The Coach's Edge|
|UltimateTV (Online Service)|
||The Rough Guide USA|
|Weird||Gallery of the Absurd
|Entropy Gradient Reversal|
Whereas in later years the panelists were official members of International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, in 1997 the awards were chosen and given by IDG's The Web Magazine, which appointed a panel to judge the competition.
The panel of judges was:
Dean Andrews Contributing writer, The Web Magazine Spencer Ante Associate editor, The Web Magazine Justine Bateman Star, Men Behaving Badly Alex Bennett Radio host Jane Bosveld Contributing writer, The Web Magazine; former editor at Ms, Omni, NetGuide Lily Burana Former editor in chief, Future Sex; The Web Magazine regular columnist Ted Casablanca E! Entertainment Television and E! Online gossip columnist James Cury Senior Associate Editor, The Web Magazine The Eels Rock band, DreamWorks Records Ira Flatow Executive Producer/Host, National Public Radio Science Steve Fox Editor-in-Chief, The Web Magazine Angela Freeman PC World Assistant Editor Kurt Freytag President, Lucid Dreams David Futrelle Editor, Salon Lisa Goldman President, Construct Internet Design Michael Goodwin Movie critic, computer journalist Michael Gough Editor in Chief, Sidewalk.com Nina Hartley Actress Ean Hauts Computer journalist Glen Helfand Freelance writer Eric Hellweg Contributing writer, The Web Magazine; Staff Editor, PC World Marjorie Ingall Freelance writer Penn Jillette Magician, performer Amy Johns Editor, Wired Pagan Kennedy Contributing Editor, The Web Magazine; author Todd Lappin Cyberrights Editor, Wired Rob Levine Music critic; contributing editor, The Web Magazine Karen Libertore Online Producer, MacWorld Online Jennife McDonald Literary Agent Mark Meadows Creative Director, Construct Internet Design Pamela Mendels Reporter, The New York Times CyberTimes Sia Michel Contributing editor, The Web Magazine; associate editor, Spin Erika Milvy Freelance writer Lisa Palac Founding Editor of Future Sex Tony Perkin Editor-in-Chief, Red Herring David Pescovitz Author, Editor Adam Philips Contributing Editor, The Web Magazine Suzan Revah Contributing editor, The Web Magazine; associate editor, American Journalism Review Derk Richardson Music, TV, and Film Critic Henry Rosenthal Film Producer Bob Sabat Managing Editor, SmartMoney Nathan Schedroff Creative Director, VIVID Studios Leonard Shlain Surgeon, Author RU Sirius Author; Cofounder of Mondo 2000 Howard Smukler Attorney J. Michael Straczynski Creator and Producer of Babylon 5 Jennifer Sucov Senior Editor, Folio Eric Tyson Contributing Editor, The Web Magazine; Syndicated columnist; Author Laura Victoria The Web Magazine Sex section Writer Brad Wieners Editor, HardWired Bernie Yee Author Zak Zaidman Founder, Gravity, Inc.
Winners and nominees are generally named according to the organization or website winning the award, although the recipient is, technically, the web design firm or internal department that created the winning site and in the case of corporate websites, the designer's client. Web links are provided for informational purposes, both in the most recently available archive.org version before the awards ceremony and, where available, the current website. Many older websites no longer exist, are redirected, or have been substantially redesigned.
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- Carolyn Said (1998-07-30). "The Woman Behind the Webbies:S.F., N.Y. woo Web award impresario Tiffany Shlain". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-01-08.
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