It's great to see Protagonize included in some rather elite Canadian company, ranging from the amazingly popular Club Penguin, to Freshbooks (which we're proud users of), to the widely-read b5media, to our good friends over at ThoughtFarmer (another project we've previously worked on.)
The Pick 20 Awards were devised as a ranking of Canada's Web 2.0 pioneers, as judged by a hand-picked group of . To quote their site, "Backbone and KPMG assembled a prestigious group of Canadian thought leaders, movers and shakers, practitioners and pundits to judge the PICK 20 nominations and comment on the winners."
The goal of the awards is to recognize Canadian sites leading the pack in one or more of the following categories:
- Problem Solving: customer response, idea generation, solution brainstorming
- Innovation: crowdsourcing, market prediction, participatory feedback
- Collaboration: jams, customer input, user rankings
- Knowledge sharing and management: teamware, wikis, blogs and collaborative content creation
The judges had this to say about Protagonize, which ranked 19th on their list:
A collaborative fiction Web site in which "one author writes a story and others post branches or chapters to it in different directions. The result is an organic, evolving story where everyone can participate."
"Beautiful thought. I love this and can see myself spending a lot of time on this site," said O’Connor Clarke, although he and others expressed concerns about the site’s revenue model. "It’s an interesting niche, although I’m not too sure of the business model nor of the benefit of collaborative fiction writing vs. the single creative artist," Moffitt said, and Trgovac added, "It’s well implemented as a concept, but how are you going to monetize it? Advertising, or no-advertising with subscription?"
While it would be have been great to have had a chance to sit down and discuss our plans for developing and monetizing the site with the judges before the article hit the newsstands, we're still very happy they selected us for the award.
There's an interactive panel / discussion event planned for September 16th down at the Wosk Centre at at Harbour Centre, as well as a meet and greet with PICK 20 winners and cocktail party. Protagonize will be attending — we hope to see you there! Here's a little more information about the venue, or you can take a look at the event listing on Backbone Magazine's site.
Backbone and KPMG: 1st Annual PICK 20 Web 2.0 Awards
Vancouver — Tuesday, September 16th, 2008
5:30PM – 8:30PM (includes cocktail reception 5:30PM – 6:30PM)