The Spider Awards have been Ireland’s premier digital innovation awards for over two decades. As the industry has continued to change, they have continued to recognise and celebrate the cutting edge of Irish digital talent.
This year has been our most successful year yet. We have been shortlisted in 7 separate categories.
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A History of the Spiders
Originally founded in 1996 as the PostGEM Golden Spiders. Ireland’s Spider awards have been known by many different names over the years.
At the time of the Spiders’ inception 22 years ago, PostGem was Ireland’s largest internet provider. Many people today may not know the name, but it’s legacy lives on through the Spiders.
As Ireland’s web industry evolved, the Spiders have evolved alongside it:
- 1996-1999: PostGEM Golden Spiders
- 2000-2003: ESAT BT Golden spiders
- 2004 -2009: Eircom Golden Spiders
- 2010-2014: Eircom Spiders
- 2015-2017: Eir Spiders
- 2018: SpidersX
In 2004, this is what the ‘Golden Spiders’ website looked like:
In 2018, the site and branding reflects the international renown and prestige of the event:
Image credit: https://spidersxtech.com/
The Junior Spiders
In 2009 a Junior Spiders sister competition, which focused on young web creators under the age of 19, was set up.
Image Source: https://web.archive.org
Aiming to encourage innovation among young people, this competition ran from 2009 until 2017. According to the official Junior Spiders website at the time of writing the 2018 incarnation is postponed.
Spider Award Categories
There are currently 15 distinct categories in the Spiders X awards, including Best in Charity and Not-for-Profit (also known as Tech for Good).
Source: Spiders X Tech Website
The categories are presided over by a panel of 15 independent judges, consisting of experts in the fields of technology, online marketing and digital media.
Representing both an Irish and international focus, this panel includes a mixture of academics, managing directors, designers and digital marketers.
Qualifying criteria for the Awards
In order to be eligible to receive a Spider award, it is necessary to evidence both the ability to innovate within the industry and the ability to achieve measurable results.
Entries get evaluated by the judging panel and then the best candidates make a shortlist. The winner of each shortlist is then judged on criteria such as:
- Adaptation & Innovation
- Strategy, Growth & Scalability
- Design & User Experience
The criteria for each award varies slightly, depending on the specific nuances of that category.
Not only is it necessary to demonstrate an ability to innovate: the shortlisted entries are also judged on their ability to obtain positive feedback and sustainable real-world business results.
The 2018 Awards
The 2018 Awards promises to be one of the most progressive events since the 1996 inauguration, with an evening award ceremony on November 29th in the RDS Concert Hall.
Jess Kelly, Newstalk’s Technology Correspondent and a professional who has attended the awards on a number of prior occasions, is scheduled to be hosting the evening. She follows in the footsteps of Dermot Whelan, Dave Moore (both of Today FM), Panti Bliss, Jennifer McGuire and Bernard O’Shea.
More information about these awards, their history, and the future of technology in Ireland can be found on the official website.
Who are the 2018 Judges?
Brendan Cannon, Canton Communications
Brendan graduated in Business Studies at the Dublin Institute of Technology, subsequently studying and earning a MBA from Trinity College. He has worked globally, currently finding himself at Canton Communications.
Brendan’s LinkedIn profile can be found here.
John Montayne, Senior Lecturer at IADT
John has a wealth of experience spanning more than fourteen years in programming, UX/UI and app design. He has worked collaboratively with many companies and academic leadership groups, including the IADT Governing Body.
John’s LinkedIn profile can be found here.
Aine Molloy, Co-Founder of GirlCrew
Aine is the co-Founder of GirlCrew, an innovative startup dedicated to business development, online marketing and community management for female entrepreneurs. GirlCrew has expanded to over forty countries in four continents. She has been named as a Forbes Top 100 EU Female Founder and is a TEDx speaker.
Aine’s LinkedIn profile can be found here.
Peter Brabazon, Specialisterne Ireland
Peter is an experienced business advisor with a passion for helping startup organizations where education and commercial dynamics meet. He works at Specialisterne, a groundbreaking social organization focused on the provision of training, education and consultancy to an organization where the majority of the employees have learning challenges such as autism.
Peter’s LinkedIn profile can be found here.
Bill Kearney, Vice President at IBM
Bill is the Vice President of IBM Ireland, having been VP for over three years and at IBM for over a decade in total. He is a member of the IBEC Innovation Policy Committee and Vice President of the Fingal Dublin Chamber.
Bill’s LinkedIn profile can be found here.
Claire Halligan, Head of eCommerce Europe, Elavon
Claire is an eCommerce expert, with experience in financial services, FMCG and other verticals. She has impressive expertise in website design and user experience across a range of businesses including Realex Payments and First Data
Claire’s LinkedIn profile can be found here.
Phil Cottier, CEO at CX Collection
Phil is a global advertising expert whose experience traverses the rise of online marketing as an additional inbound channel. He served as European MD for Publicis/Omnicom during which time he developed both national and global powerhouse brands. Having grown Acorn Consulting into one of the most successful marketing startups in 2010, he worked with Epsilon following their acquisition of Acorn in order to integrate the EMEA aspects of the businesses. He now runs a successful brand company.
Phil’s LinkedIn Profile can be found here.
Rob Farrell, Customer Success Trainer at Hubspot
Rob is an experienced examiner, conference speaker, educator, and most recently customer success evangelist at marketing, sales, customer service and CRM experts Hubspot.
Rob’s LinkedIn Profile can be found here.
Krishna De, Digital Transformation Strategist
Krishna is a content marketing, digital marketing and social media expert. Driving brand awareness through online visibility, online reputation management, and formulating action-backed digital marketing plans are her core areas of expertise.
Krishna’s LinkedIn Profile can be found here.
Edel Corrigan, Group Head of Content at Business and Finance Media Group
Edel has demonstrable print and digital marketing expertise across a range of different positions. She is now Group Head of Content as Business and Finance Media Group where she oversees delivery of both offline and online content marketing efforts.
Edel’s LinkedIn Profile can be found here.
Ian Bergin, Brand & Sales Ambassador for BrewDog
Ian proudly describes himself on his LinkedIn profile as a: ‘BrewDog International Beer Anarchist in Ireland’. Indeed, even the url of his LinkedIn profile (‘linkedin.com/in/brewdogian’) reinforces the point! Having co-founded Cogneto.io and operated at senior level in organizations such as CTI, BIONIC and PunkTank, he has now been the architect behind BrewDog, a leading international craft beer brewer.
Ian’s LinkedIn Profile can be found here.
Alan Devlin, CEO at eDot Invest
Alan is one of Dublin’s preeminent digital marketing figures having been at the forefront of Webfactory, the largest digital agency in Ireland, for almost fourteen years. Since then, he has engineered the creation and growth of eDot Invest, which is a dynamic and active venture capital fund.
Alan’s LinkedIn Profile can be found here.
Naoise O Conchubhair, Digital Director at Detail Design Studio
Naoise is an experienced and highly successful Digital Director with a focus on both online and graphic design. Originally developing expertise at Arekibo, he progressed via Creative Inc and his own work to Detail Design Studio, where his current areas of expertise include UX design, print and typographic design.
Naoise’s LinkedIn Profile can be found here.
Noreen D’Arcy, Owner, D'Arcy Marketing & P R
Noreen is one of the leading authorities for branding and PR within Ireland, having set up her own consultancy in 1998. Her company has been recognized on a number of occasions for its success and it has developed into a bilingual (Irish and English) marketing consultancy. As it has grown, Noreen’s team now focuses on targeted PR and communications for clients in the consumer and lifestyle industries.
Noreen’s LinkedIn Profile can be found here.
Philippe Brodeur, CEO and Founder at Overcast
Philippe is a video production and collaboration expert who has over twenty five years’ experience working in video ideation, creation, production, storage and marketing. He has worked within the BBC and TV3, where he founded the TV3.ie website. He now specializes in the design and implementation of world-class video platforms for champion brands including UEFA and the Rugby World Cup.
Philippe’s LinkedIn Profile can be found here.
Together Digital's association with the Spiders
Together Digital has long since had a close relationship with the Spider Awards. We are lucky enough to have won a number of awards for ourselves and for our clients, including the prestigious Large Agency of the Year award in 2014.
From our perspective, much more important is the results we have managed to secure for our clients. In 2017 the Pieta House ‘Darkness Into Light’ campaign won a very prestigious mobile commerce award.
In 2018, we are delighted to announce that our clients have been shortlisted in six out of the thirteen non-agency categories, an unprecedented achievement in the history of the awards.
From not for profit organizations to sports clubs, financial services institutions and tech startups, we are delighted that we have been able to support our clients’ ongoing success.