It’s a little like the Academy Awards for proud nerds everywhere: the 7th Annual Crunchies Awards. Celebrating the best of the best in the technology sphere, the Crunchies dons its winners with 2001-Space-Odyssey-style award: a bronzed primate with a bone on its hand standing on top of a computer. The 7th Annual Crunchies Award Show aired on February 10, 2014, and honored the best in tech for 2013.
Here are the Awards highlights:
Best Overall Startup: Kickstarter
Kickstarter is a platform to fund creative projects, such as movies, technology, or music. The site serves as a place for supporters to pledge money toward a project to provide the funds needed for completion.
Best New Startup: Tinder
Tinder is a dating app that helps match users with people they like nearby. Tinder’s standout feature is that it introduces you to potential matches that you can like or pass on anonymously. If you like someone who also likes you, then Tinder introduces you and connects you to chat within the app.
Fastest Rising Startup: Upworthy
Tired of being bombarded with information on the web that doesn’t really seem to matter? Upworthy aspires to make important issues as prominent in your social media feed as the just-for-fun content. Upworthy finds meaningful content to share and encourages users to do the same.
Best Technology Achievement: Bitcoin
Bitcoin is technology that offers a digital currency that operates on a peer-to-peer payment system with no central authority or middleman. Bitcoin describes it’s user perspective as “like cash for the Internet.”
Best E-Commerce Application: Wanelo
Wanelo is an online shopping community that is completely product-focused and designed to bring all people and products to one place to shop.
Best Mobile Application: Snapchat
A way to share with friends fast, Snapchat is an app that allows you to control how long friends can see your message (up to ten seconds). After that, your message will disappear, and Snapchat will notify you if your pal takes a screenshot.
Best Education Startup: Duolingo
Duolingo is a free language-learning app that teaches users a new language. While learning, users can help translate the web, complete sentences, and rate other users’ translations.