Adobe Web Awards at SxSWi 2009

It's time for the award ceremony for SxSW Interactive. The event was held at the Hilton ballroom and hosted by Onion comedian Baratunde Thurston.
Written by Andrew Mager, Inactive

It's time for the award ceremony for SxSW Interactive. The event was held at the Hilton ballroom and hosted by Onion comedian Baratunde Thurston.

Baratunde Thurston from The Onion

The winners are listed below. I am very excited to dig though this list myself because these are the most voted on websites of our time. Listening to the finalists, I've only heard of about 10% of the sites, and I consider myself well-versed in the web.

Give them a try, and let me know what you think in the comments.


Green and Non-profit websites that are striving to make the world a better place.

"If we don't interact, our democracy suffers from it."


Humor, memes and all the stuff that is weird for the sake of weird.


From traditional photography to untraditional performances, this category focuses on web-based collections of life, society and culture.


Sites that revolutionize the power of publishing by providing regularly updated content of a personal or professional nature.


Sites devoted to the promotional needs, functions and services of for-profit businesses.


This category showcases sites that push the boundaries of CSS coding technology, bringing together top-notch design and content with standards compliant and accessible code.


While the SXSW Interactive Web Awards focus on the best new internet destinations, this category is devoted to sites that launched before January 1, 2008.


Social networks and wikis that have quickly developed an extraordinarily active multi-user community and an exceptional following of users who assist with content development.

Lost Zombies

Educational Resource

From elementary school learning to advanced technology-related tips, these are sites that help you learn.


These are cutting-edge and trend-setting destinations that are pushing the envelope and challenging our perceptions of the web.

Film / TV

Sites related to actors, television, films and the film industry, as well as destinations that offer streaming video content.



The online destinations that help make your life a lot more fun.


Sites optimized for handheld and portable devices.

Motion Graphics

Animations, cartoons, and other intriguing content built using applications such as Adobe / Macromedia Flash.


Sites related to musicians, bands, and the music industry, as well online radio and other destinations that offer streaming audio content.

Personal Portfolio

The portfolios, pet projects and personal collections of individuals who are displaying their work and passions online.


This category is devoted exclusively to the student web designers who are refreshing this industry with new talent and new ideas.

Technical Achievement

These are the sites that are re-inventing and re-defining the technical parameters of our online experience.

The winner for People's Choice was Lost Zombies, and Best in Show went to We Tell Stories.

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