I enjoyed the Bees Awards gala evening at the fabulous Legion of Honor museum in San Francisco. It was well attended and a well dressed crowd, making a nice change from the typical geek events I go to where dressing down is considered dressing up.
Bastien Beauchamp and his team did a good job of presenting the event and keeping things moving along.
There were a lot of awards, 16, in categories such as “Best 140 Characters Message (SMS, Tweet).”
There were a lot of social media campaigns and web sites that I wasn’t familiar with but it was good to find out about them. Sometimes it seems as if we live in parallel universes and it is easy to miss things right next door.
Here is the list of winners including “Best Agency” Saatchi & Saatchi LA. This agency seemed a bit over represented in a bunch of categories and also over-represented at the awards with a small army of attendees.
I spoke Leyl Black, from Spark PR, one of the judges. She said she really enjoyed being a judge but that she was the only woman judge out of more than 20 judges.
The next Bees Awards event is May 10, 2011 and you can apply to be a judge.
Tom Foremski is the Editor and Founder of the popular and top-ranked news site Silicon Valley Watcher, reporting on business and culture of innovation. He is a former journalist at the Financial Times and in 2004, became the first journalist from a leading newspaper to resign and become a full-time journalist blogger.
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