It’s academy awards season, and here at UK2 we’ve got a few awards to give out ourselves…
It’s that time of the year again when the cream of the Hollywood crop don their finest gowns and head to the awards ceremonies. Last week, The Golden Globes kicked things off, with stars such as Eddie Redmayne and George Clooney being honoured for their skills in front of a camera. Here at UK2, we love a good awards ceremony. At our annual festive get-together we host a (very glamorous) awards ceremony of our own, giving recognition to our hard-working team for their year’s graft.
So we thought we’d throw our own awards ceremony on this very blog as a celebration of all things hosting, domains and technology. It’s been a great year in the world of the web, and after all, aren’t we all stars of the screen on the internet?
So without further ado, we’d like to introduce our winners of the UK2 Awards 2014/15…
Drum roll please…
You might remember that we ran a social media competition last year in celebration of all of our UK2-hosted websites with our #MyUK2 campaign. We received some fab entries and we loved taking a look at some of the great work being supported by our servers. Ross MacGillivray, a website builder and HTML guru, came out on top in this category, and you can check out a piece from our catch up with him here.
Domain of the year:
Our domain of the year 2014/15 goes to .club. This year, this brand new TLD took the world by storm. It now has more registrations than any other new domain name besides .xyz, following 50 Cent’s brilliant ambassadorship. The ‘Get Rich Or Die Trying’ star promoted .club, sending it to stardom. Prominent big-money .club sales have included eat.club, which sold for $20,000, and Barbie.club which brought a modest $5,000. You go, .club!
The cosmopolitan capital of the UK opened its online doors for trade this year, with .London’s flying off the shelf. We hooked up with Boris Johnson, Storm Models and Battersea Dogs Home to lift the lid on the newest geographical domain name on the market. .London sure did cook up a storm with Playboy getting embroiled in a legal battle with the owner of Playboy.london, who snapped up the domain when the magazine tycoons missed the period of priority for registered businesses.
This year’s Consumer Electronics Show had us all like kids in a sweet shop as exhibitors displayed their technical wares to the watching world. It was the self-driving autonomous cars that truly stole the show for us, and we’re pegging them as our future game changer, when they eventually sneak their way onto public roads.
Watchword of the year:
Wearable technology has had an incredible year, and it looks as though the fashion of technology will continue to blossom in the coming months. We have the Apple Watch to look forward to, along with some pretty amazing developments in health-improving wearables.
Community project award:
Our partnership with Barnardo’s and Raspberry Pi takes the community project gong this year. We’re investing in our local community by sponsoring a collaboration between the children’s charity and the computing techies. Young people in the borough of Tower Hamlets will this year benefit from training in coding and programming, along with a work experience placement with yours truly!