I SPENT AN EVENING in the Ballsbridge Hotel ballroom with hundreds of others celebrating the Irish Web Awards--our first Irish internet event in six years. The ground has shifted since my wife and I first coded a web page in 1997 just as the event's big screens suggested while rewinding history back to Netscape, Windows 95 and the time frame when Realex Payments was just a flicker of a fire, well before it moved into the realm of a trusted payment system.
Nowadays, awards programmes are more about agencies getting credit for the work they do. When the Irish web was a teenager in the early 21st century, these Irish awards programmes would bring out the coders, the writers and the database designers. Some of those people mingled in the crowd of the rebranded Berkeley Court hotel tonight but you need to go to quiet corners of the lobby (or to other Dublin watering holes) to find those same people today. Tonight's well-run event belonged to the agencies, their clients and connectors.