Apr 2010

What’s a “Webby”?

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Just about the most prestigious award you can receive on the internet—and we’ve just been nominated.

Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by the New York Times, the Webby Awards honour websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile web sites. This year nearly 10,000 entries were received from over 60 countries, so being a finalist is a pretty big deal.

Our website [www.stemcellfoundation.ca] is one of only five finalists worldwide in the category of Activism. This is exciting not just because we might win, but because of the opportunity to reach so many more people about the importance of stem cell science. You might ask, “Will you really reach that many more people?” The answer is yes. The number of visits to the site has increased by 2,000% since our nomination was announced.

If you haven’t been to the site, I encourage you to go. You’ll find compelling videos and other content in plain, clear language. You’ll also find the link to the Stem Cell Charter—a universal statement of principles—that is helping to guide decision-making around the world.

Who Picks the Winners?

There are two answers to that: A panel of (highly esteemed) judges — and YOU!

The Webby Awards are chosen by the International Academy of Design Arts and Sciences. Judges include:

    • Musician David Bowie


    • Internet inventor Vinton Cerf


    • Martha Stewart


    • The Weinstein Company’s Harvey Weinstein


    • Arianna Huffington


    • Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake


    • Ogilvy’s Chief Digital Officer Lars Bastholm


    • “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening and


    • Virgin Group Chairman Richard Branson.

As a nominees, we’re also eligible for the People’s Voice award — that’s where you come in.

From now until April 29th, you can cast your vote to help us win the People’s Voice award. Yes, this is a great chance to support the Foundation. But it’s bigger than that. This is a great chance to share with friends, family and co-workers the importance of stem cell science and its potential to bring healing to so many people. So point your mouse HERE and press that button. And once you’ve voted (one vote per email address), get your friends to vote by tweeting, posting, emailing—whatever you can think of to get the word out.

Winners will be announced on May 4th, 2010 and honoured at a ceremony in New York City on June 14th where they will have an opportunity to deliver one of the Webby’s famous five-word speeches. Past Webby Award winners—and their speeches—include:

    • Al Gore – “Please don’t recount this vote.”


    • Stephen Colbert – “Me. Me. Me. Me. Me.”


    • Michel Gondry – “Keyboards are full of germs.”

(And while we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, what do you think ours could be?)

Thanks for supporting us. Thanks for voting, for sharing and for being a champion for stem cell science.

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