Webby Award Nominees Include New York, Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, and Seattle Internet Innovators

OK, so they’re not quite the Emmys. And this being New York, they’re not even the Tonys. But for the city’s legions of Web developers and interactive advertisers they might as well be the Oscars. That’s right, it’s time for the 15th Annual Webby Awards. The nominees were announced today in New York.

The Webby Awards, presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, include more than 70 categories, encompassing websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, mobile, and apps. Winners will be announced May 3 and honored during a ceremony June 13 in New York. The ceremony will be streamed live on the Internet, in HD, by MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), which is owned by Major League Baseball. Under an agreement signed March 14, MLBAM will webcast the awards using technology that allows viewers to interact with the presentation via mobile and tablet apps.

New York companies made a great showing this year, with more than 200 nominees coming from the Big Apple. Some are predictable, such as the New York Times, which picked up 18 nominations. Others are a little less renowned, including Wiseguy Pictures, a comedy troupe that picked up a nomination in the “best writing” category for an online video called “Facebook Ruins Job Interview.” (The name says it all.)

Here is a sample of top nominees that hail from Xconomy cities…

New York

The New York Times in categories ranging from news to financial services

The New Yorker’s blog and magazine

The Huffington Post for its blog and coverage of business and politics

TED.com for its podcasts, educational programming, and more

The Onion for humor, writing, and video

Boston

WGBH Educational Foundation for Freedom Riders

Modernista for Dexter Game On and Boulder Digital Works

Seattle

Zillow for its website and mobile apps

Cheezburger Network for The Daily What

San Francisco

Dropbox for best practices

BabyCenter for family/parenting

Exploratorium for education/science

Twitter in the “community” category

San Diego

Neer for best use of GPS or location technology

For a complete list of nominees, click here.

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