The Be2Awards will not be held in 2014.
As Be2camp co-founders, Martin Brown and I had a long discussion about the programme, and about our respective workloads (the Awards and accompanying Be2Talks take a significant amount of time, effort and some money to organise). From a purely practical point of view, we decided that we just didn’t have the bandwidth to make the events a success this year.
However, we also wondered: is there a need for the Be2awards any more?
When we started Be2camp in June 2008, few built environment professionals were using social media and related technologies. In 2008, we held our first ‘unconference’ and, gradually, adoption grew. At the end of 2010, we took another step forward, and, in February 2011, we held the world’s first Awards purely for use of social media in the built environment (along with some TEDx-style talks on social media and technologies for the built environment).
Today, social media is widely adopted (even in the conservative construction industry it has, I think, passed the tipping point) and other industry awards programmes have followed our lead and started their own categories for best blog, best use of social media, etc (see, for example, the CIMCIG Construction Marketing Awards categories). Having promoted social media, and then promoted social media awards, perhaps our job is done?
We would welcome your feedback on this decision on the Be2camp website (I posted a version of this post yesterday)? Should the Be2Awards be resurrected in 2015? If so, do the categories need updating? What did you like most (or least) about them?