March 14, 2005 16:15 ET

Web Award Winners Announced at South by Southwest Interactive Gala

Winners in Twenty Categories Revealed at the Downtown Austin Hilton Last Night

AUSTIN, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 14, 2005 -- Last night, South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive hosted the Web Awards at the downtown Austin Hilton. The annual Web Awards are a cornerstone event hosted by the five-day conference to discover and laud the digital artists and web developers who fuel the online world with creative energy and ideas.

Comedian Laura Swisher from "Unscrewed with Martin Sargent" on G4techTV and NBC's "Last Comic Standing" emceed the Web Awards gala last night. The award ceremony revealed winners in over twenty categories ranging from "Best Experimental" to "People's Choice" to "Best of Show." The winners reflect the Internet's hottest new trends in design and content, as entry to the Web Awards is restricted to sites that launched in calendar year 2004.

"Tonight's event was full of so many wonderful surprises," explained SXSW Web Awards Coordinator Shawn O'Keefe shortly after the awards ceremony. "It's amazing to bring together the top industry talent, whose creativity drives development on the web. And it is always a pleasure for us to host this event for the international online community."

2005 Web Awards Winners

UNICEF World Heroes Game

MadeinMRL - Urban Operator


Business: For-Profit

Business: Green/Non-Profit
Fourth Annual Media That Matters

Cloud King

The Meatrix


Educational Resource
Beyond the Fire: Teen Experience of War

Liquid Journey

Style Wars

A Break in the Road

Billy Harvey Music

Personal Portfolio
Elsa Kawai

Stretch Daily

Technical Achievement
Amazon Light 4

People's Choice

Best of Show
MadiinMTL - Urban Operator
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SXSW Interactive Festival

Scheduled March 11-15, the SXSW Interactive Festival brings together uber-geeks and digital creatives from around the world for four days of keynote speeches, panels, the iF! Trade Show & Exhibition, and numerous exciting evening activities. Confirmed speakers still to come at the 2005 event include Ana Marie Cox of Wonkette, Bit Torrent's Bram Cohen, Michael Robertson of and talk radio host Al Franken. For complete list of speakers, see

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