The popular Snap Stands photo booth at the entrance gave people a chance to pose and have their photos shared via social media as well as sent to their own email addresses.
Once registration was over, event emcees Dawn Chubai and Nick Routley got the action started, soon inviting event organizer Mark Woo and Vancity Buzz’s own Karm Sumal onto the stage for a few opening remarks.
A brief and lively performance by talented word jammer Francis Arevalo served as a quick intermission during the first part of the awards.
Halfway through the awards ceremony, a panel got underway with Gillian Shaw of Vancouver Sun, Lien Yeung of CBC Vancouver, and Amy Judd of Global TV. The three ladies of the TV, newspaper, and online world traditional vs. new media trends. A Q&A from Twitter questions posted during the panel followed.
One of the questions dealt with tech and the developing world. Demonstrations around the world through social media gives voice to people who otherwise might not be heard. HootSuite usage during the Egyptian uprising was brought up as a classic example of citizen journalism by Gillian Shaw.
“From a TV perspective, it’s all about the pictures”, said Global’s Amy Judd. Amy continued in this thread, adding “Seeing first-hand YouTube videos, tweets, and photos are invaluable for spreading info.”
Lien made a point in bringing up that Twitter and personal brand are intertwined and very important.
Judd added that a certain presence on social media adds value to a TV personality. Their unique voice adds to the flow of conversation and audiences like to hear their take on matters. “Television personalities are very much held to accuracy regarding sending out tweets, right down to the periods!”, commented Lien.
“We can be served as citizens by having strong voices from many difference sources”. An excellent final statement from Gillian Shaw.
After the lively, interactive discussion, the remaining awards were handed out. Here’s a list of all the winners:
Best Blog: Curtis Ng of Foodobyte
Best Social Video Channel: Linda Dong of Leenda D Productions
Social Media for a Student Organization: SFU Student Marketing Association
Must Follow: Farhan Mohamed
Best Blog: Whitecaps FC
Best Social Video Channel: Matt Dennison and Jason Lucas of I.F.H.T.
Must Follow: Mijune Pak of Follow Me Foodie
Best Social Media Campaign (Non-Profit): FundRazr’s “Sharecraft Save the Children Challenge”
Best Social Media Campaign (Profit): Vancity Credit Union’s “Good Money Mob”
Best Social Media Campaign (Public): Tourism Richmond’s “365 Days of Dining”
The afterparty was held at nearby Hurricane Grill, where networking and friendly conversation continued well into the night, with appetizers making the rounds.
This was a very-well planned event from the signage and online information right down to the party!
I hope to see more awards categories and an even-bigger presence at the 2014 Social Media Awards. More of my photos from the night can be found here.