The Spiders are Ireland’s leading technology awards

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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2019 Hosts: Joanne McNally and Kevin McGahern

October 1st, 2019
Joanne McNally and Kevin McGahern

With Joanne McNally and Kevin McGahern on hosting duties for the 24th Annual Spider Awards, you know it’s going to be a fun night!

Who is Joanne McNally?

Joanne burst onto the Irish comedy scene in 2014 and in less than a year in the business, she became the co-host on RTÉ 2’s flagship comedy show Republic of Telly, co-wrote and starred in the stage show Separated At Birth a comedy about her adoption and sold out her first ever solo stand up show in Dublin.

An energetic and hilarious performer, she quickly became Ireland’s fastest rising comedy star. Her one-woman autobiographical show Bite Me was nominated for multiple Dublin Fringe Festival awards in 2016 including Best Performer and Best Production and enjoyed a successful run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017. Read more

Who is Kevin McGahern?

Originally from Cavan, Kevin first began performing stand up in 2009 before joining the popular television series The Hardy Bucks on RTÉ 2 as Simcard. After featuring in a number of sketches on the show, Kevin took over as host of Republic of Telly, initially alongside Bernard O’Shea and Jennifer Maguire before flying solo in 2015.

As well as performing in the top Irish comedy clubs, in particular the International Bar in Dublin, he has performed in a number of festivals including Galway Comedy Carnival, Forbidden Fruit and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2013, he toured with his show 2 Grown Men alongside fellow comedian Edwin Sammon. 2019 will see him tour Ireland with his solo show, Solo Pollo. Read more

Haven’t entered this year’s awards yet? Hurry up – Only 3 days left to enter.

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Partnership Announcement – Griffith College

October 1st, 2019

Partnership Announcement – Griffith College has joined the Spiders as our Post Grad Learning Partner

The Spider awards are delighted to welcome Griffith College as our ‘Post Grad Learning Partner’ for this year’s awards.

Griffith College is Ireland’s largest private third level college and boasts 170+ courses. Learners can choose from postgraduate, professional, part-time, blended learning, and undergraduate courses. With more than 40 postgraduate programmes on offer, Griffith College is leading the way in postgraduate education with its Graduate Business School.

Griffith College is an ideal partner for postgraduate learners.
The Griffith College Graduate Business School aims to prepare those seeking careers, along with those looking to revitalise their skillset with advanced, forward-thinking theoretical knowledge; a competent skillset; and a diverse industry-focused project portfolio, which will set them apart from other highly skilled peers in the same space.

For this reason we are proud to have Griffith College as our partner for the upcoming awards on November 21st, RDS Concert Hall, Dublin.

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

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Sponsor Announcement – Siemens

October 1st, 2019

Sponsor Announcement – Siemens – proud sponsor of Digital Transformation in Manufacturing, Infrastructure & Industrial IoT

The Spider awards are delighted to welcome Siemens as our category sponsor of the Digital Transformation in Manufacturing, Infrastructure & Industrial IoT for this year’s awards.

Commenting on the partnership Siemens said. 

‘Sponsoring the Best Digital Transformation in Manufacturing, Infrastructure & Industrial IoT is a perfect opportunity for Siemens to recognise and support the ground-breaking work and transformative impact of digitalisation in these sectors. It reaches to the very heart of what Siemens does and the customers that we are so proud to work with. This is an exciting new category providing a platform to showcase the value created by digitalisation in these important sectors and just as Siemens has supported these sectors through electrification and automation, we are now right alongside them in their digitalisation journey too.’

The category recognises organisations across industry and infrastructure that have transformed operations using advancements in digital technology to improve, enhance or innovate systems within manufacturing industry, utilities and infrastructure. With digital being at the core of internal and external strategies. The judges will look for creativity, innovation, efficiency, performance and integration.

Nominations for Digital Transformation in Manufacturing, Infrastructure & Industrial IoT close October 4th > Enter Here 

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

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Sponsor Announcement – DevEire

September 24th, 2019

Sponsor Announcement: DevEire – proudly sponsor the Large Agency of the Year

The Spider awards are proud to announce DevEire will be sponsoring Large Agency of the Year category for the 2019 awards.

Based in Limerick DevEire has over ten years’ experience with a portfolio that includes some of the key global Fortune 500 companies global CMS sites. DevEire creates bespoke digital solutions that transform your business world.  We’re problem solvers with a firm belief in finding effective ways to cut straight to your business issues. We push beyond the limits of conventional digital thinking, bringing your business to places you never thought possible. We know that your time is precious, so we tell it like it is. That way we can cut through the tape to get right to the nub of your business challenge. 

The large agency of the year award recognises an agency who offers their clients a specific or range of digital solutions making the perfect category for DevEire to sponsor.

Nominations for Large Agency of the Year close October 4th > Enter Here 

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

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