WordPress was awarded 2011 Open Source Web App of the Year this week at The Critters, a web development and design awards show that launched just this year. WordPress UI Team Contributor John O’Nolan collected the award (pictured above) in London to pass on to the core WordPress team. WordPress was up against Drupal and Diaspora in the Open Source Web App category.
This inaugural Critters event was put together by the folks behind the Ubelly blog. Ubelly is primarily maintained by members of the Developer & Platform Evangelism Team at Microsoft in the UK. The short list of nominees were chosen by a set of judges (including O’Nolan) and the final awards handed out based on (invite-only) attendee votes tallied via a mobile voting system.
Other awards were given out to Dropbox (App of the Year), Old Spice (Meme of the Year), Apple Ping (Fail of the Year) and about half a dozen other projects.
Now the real question is: who holds the trophy? Should it be passed along every few weeks to a new WordPress contributor, Stanley Cup style? Or perhaps the WordPress project needs an official trophy case at The Smithsonian.
In any case: congrats to the WordPress project, and congrats to the rest of the winners at The Critters this year. Especially Apple Ping.