The 2013 Be2Awards and Be2Talks are on 25 September 2013. Tweet, blog, email – help spread the word. Nominate, vote – join in. Or sponsor!
It’s that time of year again. In August last year, I wrote about the second running of the Be2awards: the world’s first awards for social media in the built environment (which I organise). Along with the Be2Talks, the Awards are being held again as part of London Social Media Week, where this year’s theme is Open & Connected – reflecting on the global impact of social media and its role as a catalyst in driving cultural, political, economic and social change.
The Be2Awards remain highly social, though we have made a few tweaks in response to feedback from previous years. For example, nominations for the 2013 BeAwards are now being collated via an open blog platform rather than a discussion forum. Nominations opened just over a fortnight ago, and with over two weeks to go to deadline day (midnight BST, Friday 6 September), we’ve already had over 50 nominations and supporting comments. The categories are:
- The Be2 media award
- Best AEC collaboration application
- Best AEC community, network or application
- Best AEC marketing campaign
- Best AEC PR campaign
- Best AEC social media blog
- Best AEC use of Twitter
- Best charity / third sector use of social media
- Best education and learning project
- Best ‘internet of things’ application
- Best location-based AEC application
- Best mobile AEC application
- Best sustainability blog
- Best use of photo or video-sharing
- Best use of Web 2.0 for construction products or materials
- Best virtual or hybrid event
- Built environment blogger of the year
Once nominations close, shortlists will be compiled and online voting will then take place, before the awards are announced at a Be2camp ‘unawards’ event in London on Wednesday 25 September. We remain at the Be2camp ‘spiritual home’, the Building Centre (we held our first ‘unconference’ event there in October 2008), and the awards event will include Be2Talks, a learning event featuring some thought-provoking industry speakers on the interfaces between construction and technology, social media and business.
Throughout the planning and implementation process, we have been keen to show the power of social media in spreading word of the Be2Awards. There is, of course, a Be2Awards blog (with RSS feed), and you can follow @Be2Awards on Twitter (hashtags: #smwbe2 or #be2awards). If you are interested in helping, please let me know. For example, you can help by tweeting or blogging about the awards, by sponsoring an award, or by nominating someone for an award (yourself, your company, a client, a blogger, a Twitter feed you enjoy, an application that you can’t do without, etc). Of course, awards are great for marketing and public relations, and there are also two categories for PR and marketing professionals. If you work in these fields, this is your chance to be highlighted for your successful use of social media as part of an AEC industry campaign.