RSA takes home animation prize at this year’s Webby Awards - RSA

RSA takes home animation prize at this year’s Webby Awards

Press release

The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, today won first place in the animation category at the 24th Webby awards. The RSA came out ahead of competition that included Nickleodeon, Comedy Central and Buzzfeed to take home one of the biggest awards on the internet.

The organisation won for ‘RSA Shorts’ - a long-running series of animations devised from the RSA’s public events platform. The series showcases ideas from speakers such as Brené Brown, Rutger Bregman and George the Poet, coupled with punchy visuals from leading animators.

Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international awards organisation honouring excellence on the Internet.


See here for the full list of winners.


Mairi Ryan, head of RSA events, said:

“Winning a Webby is the culmination of an amazing few years for the RSA’s public events programme, as our online presence continues to grow in reach and impact. Connection is at the heart of everything the RSA stands for and it’s a special honour to be recognised at a time when it’s more important than ever to share ideas that help people understand our changing world. We’re proud to work with an incredible community of thinkers and creatives to make the RSA Shorts series possible.”

Claire Graves, Executive Director of The Webby Awards, said:

“Honorees like the RSA are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet. It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 13,000 entries we received this year.”



Contact: Will Grimond, Media & Communications Officer, Royal Society of Arts, 07972 470 135, [email protected]


The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) is an independent charity which believes in a world where everyone is able to participate in creating a better future.

Through our ideas, research and a 30,000 strong Fellowship, we are a global community of proactive problem solvers, sharing powerful ideas, carrying out cutting-edge research and building networks. We create opportunities for people to collaborate, influence, and demonstrate practical solutions to realise change.

Our work covers a number of areas including the rise of the 'gig economy', robotics & automation; education & creative learning; and reforming public services to put communities in control.

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