The 2016 .eu Web Awards: Bringing Europe Together
The highly anticipated 2016 .eu Web Awards Gala event took place in Brussels on 16 November, where the brightest .eu domain name holders were recognised for their innovation and vision in their fields.
The 2016 .eu Web Awards has come to a close in epic fashion at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels on 16 November 2016. Hosted by EURid, the Web Awards initiative is on its third year running and has no sign of slowing down. Each year, the initiative brings people together from around the world to celebrate, network, and enjoy a nice, unique evening together, full of fun and life. 15 renowned and newly founded .eu holders from various industries were represented at this year’s event, 12 of them coming from different countries, all within the European Economic Area.
“There was so much diversity at this year’s event; it’s truly amazing, honestly. It shows how together we really are as a people here in Europe. We celebrate that and take great pride in it” commented Daniela Medda, EURid’s Marketing Coordinator.
Hosted by Sally Bundock, esteemed journalist for BBC world news, the Gala evening got off to a lively start with a lovely meet and greet and dinner service. Afterwards, once the show began, 2016 Gala attendees were both bedazzled and amazed by performances from worldly artists, including Bert and Fred – The dangerous Belgian duo, Anna Strelkova – The Russian sand artist, and the Kalakan trio – The traditional Northern Basque band, among others, and captivated by the awards ceremony and emotion that surged from the nominees. Speeches were given, laughs were had, and smiles were in abundance as winners trotted on stage to claim their prize and shine under the spotlight.
“Just seeing the faces and raw emotion conveyed by the winners made my night” noted Giovanni Seppia, EURid’s External Relations Manager. “This is what the Web Awards is all about, bringing people from various backgrounds together and honouring them for their great work within the .eu community. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year.”
This year’s winners and nominees are:
The Leaders category Winner is copenhagenize.eu!
The Laurels category Winner is ancient.eu!
The Better World category Winner is mobilityweek.eu!
The House of .eu category Winner is chepassione.eu!
The Rising Star category Winner is: lazytube.eu!
This year’s “Special Award” went to teentimes.eu, which is a blog that is run by the very inspiring, Zoë O Connor from Ireland.
The .eu domain ranks among the largest top-level domains in the world, connecting more than 500 million people across 31 countries to one Internet identity. More than 3.8 million .eu names have been registered since the domain opened for registration in 2006. Many companies and brands use a .eu website as a practical solution to convey a clear European identity and their business ambitions.
EURid is the not-for-profit organisation that operates the .eu top-level domain, following a tender process and appointment by the European Commission. EURid works with over 700 accredited registrars and provides support in the 24 official EU languages. As part of its ongoing commitment to data security, EURid has been certified for the ISO27001 security standard since 2013. EURid is also registered by the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), which is an expression of its environmental commitment. EURid has its headquarters in Brussels (Belgium), and regional offices in Pisa (Italy), Prague (the Czech Republic) and Stockholm (Sweden). More information at: http://www.eurid.eu.