AUSTIN, Texas, December 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The deadline to enter the SXSW Interactive Web Awards is this Friday, December 14, leaving only four days for Web developers, designers and digital artists to submit their latest online work. In its 11th year, the annual Web site competition and premier evening event of the SXSW Interactive Festival honors top digital innovators and creatives who build and implement tomorrow's online trends through Web development and design. Winners in eighteen categories, as well as the "People's Choice" and "Best in Show" awards, will be revealed at the 2008 Web Awards Ceremony on Sunday, March 9, at the Hilton Austin Downtown. "By focusing on sites created in the past year, the competition really showcases the up-and-coming Web developers and emerging online trends," said Shawn O'Keefe, SXSW Web Awards Coordinator. "Whether you are talking about Twitter, Meebo, Squidoo or Technorati ... you most likely saw them for the first time as part of this annual competition at SXSW Interactive." Comedian, writer and filmmaker Eugene Mirman is scheduled to emcee this year's Web Awards Ceremony. Well known for his work on the hit HBO show, "Flight of The Concords," and from his appearances on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend", he performs his stand-up comedy at festivals and shows across the United States, alongside comedic groups and bands like Cake and The Shins. "SXSW provides a chance for innovators, bloggers, new media junkies and all sorts of tech-geeks to meet up, get drunk and share awkward stories about their weird families. And network," jokes Eugene Mirman. The eighteen categories for submission include: Activism, Amusement, Art, Blog, Business: For-Profit, CSS, Classic, Community, Educational Resource, Experimental, Film/TV, Games, Mobile, Motion Graphics, Music, Personal Portfolio, Student and Technical Achievement. Additional awards are given for "People's Choice" and "Best in Show." Winner of the "Best of Show" award is given to the judges' favorite finalist site from the competition. Along with massive industry exposure, the "Best of Show" winner this year will receive an award valued at more than $1,000, to be filled with tech-related prizes, along with a travel package for the 2009 SXSW Festival. The package will include a platinum badge, four nights of hotel accommodation in Austin, as well as a round-trip domestic ticket on American Airlines. For more information on Web site categories, rules and submission details please see http://2008.sxsw.com/interactive/web_awards/. About the SXSW Interactive Festival Scheduled March 7-11 in Austin, Texas, the 2008 SXSW Interactive Festival provides practical how-to information as well as unparalleled career inspiration, bringing together some of emerging technology's most creative thinkers. The event features five days of keynote speeches, more than 120 panels, the SXSW Web Awards, the iF! Trade Show & Exhibition, the ScreenBurn Arcade, and dozens of exciting evening events. For more information on SXSW Interactive, see http://www.sxsw.com/interactive.
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