The Spiders are Ireland’s leading technology awards


April 8th, 2022

The Spiders is the longest running digital awards programme in Ireland and we have celebrated he excellence of Ireland’s digital industry at The Round Room in Dublin’s Mansion House on March 31st for the 25th annual Spiders Awards, hosted by Tracey Carney.
The Event is sponsored by Dmac Media, Centre of Excellence in Universal Design, Skoda, Skillnet Ireland, DMG Media and Acast.

The special recognition of the Digital Hero Award went to Cork’s husband and wife duo, Dan and Linda Kiely. The pair were recognised as leaders in their field, having created a path for others to follow. They were lauded for their innovation, imagination and determination to succeed – traits that have set them apart from the pack.

The full list of award winners are as follows:

Best Remote Team – National Council for the Blind
Best Customer Continuity – Flipdish
Best App – Revolut
Best Use of Disruptive Technology – An Post Insurance
Best B2B Campaign – Squaredot
Emerging Stronger – Digital for Good Award / Not-for-Profit – GCN (Gay Community News)
Best in Social Media – Dublin Rape Crisis Centre with Pluto
Small Agency of the Year – Part Three Digital Ltd
Best Community Engagement by a Brand – Westport Chamber of Commerce with Bold Craft Marketing Westport
Best B2C Campaign – Londis
Best in Storytelling – SuperValu with TBWA\Dublin
Diversity in Digital – Diageo – Guinness with Omnicom Media Group
Best Podcast – The Good Glow
Digital Hero – Dan and Linda Kiely
Large Agency of the Year – Tribe Digital
Best Integrated Media Campaign/ Strategy – Woodie’s with Wolfgang Digital
Best in Universal Design – Monaghan Institute with CDG Brand Monaghan
Best Website – Fáilte Ireland – Discover Ireland with All human
Best eCommerce website – Likha Aesthetic Clinic with WONDR – A Digital Product Practice
Digital Transformation In Industry and Infrastructure – Sugar Rush
Digital Transformation Enterprise – KBC Bank Ireland National

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Tracey Carney, Managing Director, Spiders Awards said:

“It is wonderful to be standing here before you all this evening, and returning to live events, after two years. It is even more special to be here in the Mansion House as we celebrate the Spiders’ 25th anniversary. Tonight we recognise excellence and the outstanding creativity of Ireland’s digital ecosystem. We applaud all of you who are the driving force behind it, and who have ensured we are emerging stronger than ever, from what has been the biggest digital transformation any of us have ever seen. The digital industry in Ireland has not only survived but thrived over the last two years. Tonight, we celebrate the best of the best in Ireland’s digital industry.”

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Partner Announcement – ŠKODA Ireland

March 14th, 2022

Since 1993, ŠKODA Ireland has been providing Simply Clever cars to suit the everyday needs of people in Ireland.
Throughout the years, ŠKODA Ireland has cemented itself as an automotive brand that understands the diversity of Irish car drivers through its range of stylish yet practical cars. From our resolutely sensible small FABIA Hatch, to our 7-seater family SUV, KODIAQ, ŠKODA is Made for Ireland.
This dedication to localize the best of what ŠKODA Auto Group has to offer to Irish consumers, and adapting to the ever changing landscape of the industry has led ŠKODA Ireland to become the 3rd best automotive brand in Ireland as of 2022.
In the last few years, companies from every industry has had to adapt to the unexpected circumstances that came from the worldwide pandemic. Many companies have had to digitally transform their business in rapid pace in order to survive. And while many did survive, others thrived in part through embarking on digital initiatives that went above and beyond the bottom line.
This is why we are so delighted to partner with this year’s the Spider Awards to sponsor the “Digital for Good” category to honor those brands who used the digital to add value not only to their business, but to their local communities as well.

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Partner Announcement – dmg Media

March 9th, 2022

As one of the world’s leading multi-channel media organisations and one of Ireland’s largest digital media companies, we are delighted to partner with this years’ Spider Awards as they celebrate their 25th anniversary.

The Spider Awards are a fantastic opportunity to showcase the best of what Ireland has to offer in the digital space and as the world of digital content continues to grow, we are excited to be part of that and to associate our brands with the experts and visionaries who continue to push the boundaries in this sector.


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Partner Announcement – Dmac Media

March 9th, 2022

It’s great to see the Spiders back up and running this year and Dmac Media are delighted to sponsor the Best B2C Campaign. This category recognises the creative campaigns that businesses have produced, in order to build awareness and drive results.  We understand the power of a well-planned campaign and the potential it has to reach those that matter. Today’s consumers can become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choice and information out there. So, we appreciate the hard work and creativity that goes into executing unique and impactful campaigns that resonate with the right people.

Dave McEvoy,

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Save the Date: The Spider Awards return in March 2022!

June 29th, 2021

This year sees the return of the prestigious Spider Awards with a live ceremony in March 2022.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Spiders, the longest and most established digital awards programme in Ireland. Over the past 25 years, the awards have continually adapted to the ever-changing digital landscape and have recognised digital pioneers including Patricia Scanlon of Soapbox Labs, Colin Meagle of Continuum Group, Joanne O’Riordan and Patrick & John Collison, Founders of Stripe.

Digital has been the connecting factor throughout the last 18 months and the return of the Spider Awards means the possibility of peer recognition for excellence with the award of an iconic Golden Spider. 

The team looks forward to hosting over 400 of Ireland leading companies, in what will be the first Digital Awards celebration of 2022.

A key theme this year is, ‘Driving Digital, Emerging Stronger’ in celebration of the individuals, brands and teams who have continually adapted ways of working and engaging with their communities throughout the year.

Speaking at the launch of the Spiders – Colin Meagle, Group CEO of Continuum Group said.

‘I’m delighted to hear the Spiders will return to a live event this year. After the last 18 months, it’s important to recognise the projects and campaigns that continued remotely. We haven’t had a chance to celebrate these successes and what better way to acknowledge the team’s work than an iconic Spider Award.’

The awards are delighted to announce a continued partnership with Siemens, Skillnet Ireland, Irish Directory and the Centre of Excellence for Universal Design as category sponsors for the launch of the 25th Annual Spider Awards.

For more information on partnering with the awards, contact Head of Partnerships, Brian Kearns at


The Spider Awards will continue to celebrate digital transformation across all sectors.

In line with the theme, ‘Driving Digital, Emerging Stronger’, many brands used their platform to connect, share positivity, motivate and distract. The team behind the Spiders looks to celebrate these champions.

Check the full list of categories here. Entries will open November 2021.

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August 20th, 2020


The Spider Awards, Ireland’s longest-running digital awards programme, was due to celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. We were very much looking forward to marking this milestone & rewarding the incredible achievements of the digital community over the past year with you all in November.

We always put the safety of our patrons, partners and attendees first. Based on the information provided by leading health organisations, and the outlook on COVID-19, we have made the decision to reschedule the Spider Awards to 2021.

We will continue to strive towards recognising excellence within Digital and are working on some exciting plans, which we look forward to sharing with you soon. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to us at the Spider Awards with any queries you may have to and we will be happy to help you.

We look forward to seeing you all and celebrating the achievements of the companies and individuals working in digital at the 25th Spider Awards in 2021!

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Sponsor Announcement – Lovin Media Group

November 21st, 2019

Sponsor Announcement – Lovin Media – proud sponsor of Best Integrated Media Campaign

The Spider awards are delighted to welcome Lovin Media Group as our category sponsor of the Best Integrated Media Campaign for this year’s awards.

Lovin Media Group is one of the fastest-growing lifestyle resources in Ireland and beyond, providing digital inspiration for real-life experience.
They help you discover the best of your city and nation, on social, on-site and on-street through actionable content and experiential marketing.

They are all about bringing people together with content worth sharing, connecting you to each other and to the community.

Commenting on the association the Lovin Media Group said.

‘Lovin Media Group is delighted to sponsor the Best Integrated Media Campaign/Strategy at The Spiders, 2019. We recognise the importance of reaching our audience wherever they are consuming content in meaningful ways. In the last year, we have delivered some of our biggest and most successful campaigns to date through a combination of native content, social, audio and experiential activation, for truly immersive experiences that deliver real business results for our clients and tangible lifestyle solutions for our audience.’

This category recognises an integrated marketing campaign that combines a variety of channels including digital, print/broadcast advertising, public relations, direct marketing and in-store/event promotions. Our judges are looking for innovative, creative and emotive campaigns that drive consumer behaviour and deliver outstanding results.

Finalists were announced on the 5th November.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

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Sponsor Announcement – Digital Marketing Institute

November 21st, 2019

Sponsor Announcement – Digital Marketing Institute – proud sponsor of the Digital Hero Award.

The Spider awards are delighted to welcome the Digital Marketing Institute as the sponsor of the Digital Hero Award at this years event taking place on the 21st November 2019.

The Digital Marketing Institute is the global authority on digital marketing capability. DMI offers 47,000 worldwide certified Members, the skills, confidence, and industry know-how to stay relevant in an ever-changing digital world.

Commenting on the association with the category the Digital Marketing Institute said:

‘At the Digital Marketing Institute, we revel in the transformational effect that knowledge can have on anyone, on business, on a career, on an industry. A digital Hero applies knowledge and changes the game.’

The Digital Hero this year is Patricia Scanlon. Who is a leader in their field, who created a path for others to follow, and whose innovation, imagination and determination to succeed have set her apart from the pack.

You can read more about Patricia Scanlon > Here

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Patricia Scanlon is to receive the Digital Hero Award

November 15th, 2019

Patricia Scanlon is the founder and CEO of SoapBox Labs, the world’s most accurate speech recognition technology for kids. Patricia holds a PhD and has over 20 year’s experience working in speech recognition, including at Bell Labs and IBM. Patricia has been granted 3 patents, with two pending. She is an acclaimed TEDx speaker, and in 2018 was named one of the World’s “Top 50 Women in Tech” by Forbes.

“Thrilled to receive this Digital Hero award and follow in the footsteps of so many great entrepreneurs. SoapBox Labs is on a hugely ambitious mission. This kind of recognition really helps us along our way.”

In 2013, inspired by the needs of her oldest child, Patricia envisioned a speech technology to redefine how children acquire literacy. She has successfully raised over €5.5M in public and private funding to bolster research and product development, and her technical approach has been independently validated by the world’s top three academic authorities on speech recognition. SoapBox Labs is based in Dublin and has a world-class team of 22 employees.

We look forward to hearing Patricia Scanlon speak on stage at the Spider Awards 2019 on 21st November at the RDS!

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Sponsor Announcement – IE Domain Registry

October 2nd, 2019

Sponsor Announcement – IE Domain Registry – proud sponsor of Best Website.

The Spider awards are delighted to welcome IE Domain Registry as our category sponsor of the Best Website for this year’s awards.

IE Domain Registry is the national registry for .ie domain names and aims to provide unique, identifiably Irish domain names, along with registry and related services to the local internet community. Currently, there are over 273,000 registered .ie domain names. Over 51,000 new registrations were added in 2018 by Irish residents and Irish business owners. The company is committed to being a digital advocate for the SME community.

Commenting on their involvement this year they said:

‘IE Domain Registry is delighted to sponsor the 2019 Spiders Awards and the ‘Best Website’ category. We are a digital advocate for the SME community and we are committed to supporting them to improve their online presence and e-commerce capabilities.

We are sponsoring the ‘Best Website Award’ category as we know how important this channel is for business development. According to our SME Digital Health Index 2018, 89% of SMEs say their website plays an important role in driving new business. With online spending rising ten times faster than offline we believe that more Irish SMEs need to actively engage in digitalising their sales processes.  Our research shows that only 30% of SMEs can take sales orders and only 26% can process payments via their website. The ‘Best Website Award’ celebrates the achievements of those companies who are developing their digital presence and leading the way online.’

This category recognises best in class website design and for that reason, IE Domain Registry is a perfect sponsor of this category.

Nominations for Best Website close October 4th > Enter Here 

For more information on sponsorship opportunities for this event contact Brian at

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