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City alumni win prestigious Webby Award

Former City journalism students have won a high-profile prize for an Amazon Alexa game

by Chris Lines (Senior Communications Officer)

A team of City, University of London Journalism graduates have won a Webby Award for one of their Amazon Alexa games, ‘True or False’.

The Webby Awards are considered the most prestigious global awards for people building digital products. The City team won a 2019 People’s Voice award in the ‘Apps, Mobile and Voice: Education & Reference’ category at the 23rd Annual Webby Awards.

Tom Hewitson (MA Political Journalism, 2010) tweeted “We did it!” in reaction to the news. Hewitson is CEO of Labworks.io, a voice games studio based in the City Launch Lab (the University’s business incubation space for City students and graduates).

True or False is a trivia-based voice game that tests players’ general knowledge. It features a multiplayer mode for up to 20 users at once.

Labworks states its mission as being simply “to build the experiences that make people buy Alexa”.

“We’ve created some of the most popular and engaging games on Alexa and continue to push the boundaries of what voice first experiences can do.".

The team hope that winning the award will bring increased attention and recognition, both from established brands and their industry peers.

The Webby Awards

Established in 1996 during the internet’s infancy, the Webby Awards are organised by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), a 2,000+ member judging body. The Academy is comprised of: Executive Members – leading web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities; and Associate Members – former Webby Award winners, nominees and other internet professionals.

There were a total of 13,000 entrants across all Webby Award categories, with the People’s Voice categories amassing nearly three million votes cast by almost one million people.

Among the other notable winners of Webby Awards for 2019 are:

  • Childish Gambino (the stage name of American actor, comedian, writer, producer, director and musician Donald Glover), for the provocative video accompanying his song, This is America;
  • Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who initiated the #FridaysForFuture movement and drew the world’s attention to the urgency of climate change and to demand immediate action;
  • US rapper, singer and songwriter Tierra Whack, for her experimental, genre-bending and imaginative art, including the debut of her 15-minute, 15-song audiovisual album on Instagram.

An awards ceremony will take place on Monday 13th May 2019 in New York City, hosted by US actress and comedian Jenny Slate.

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