12th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

The final deadline to vote for your favorite nominee or to enter your brand or organization was on Thursday, February 20th, 2020.


Honoring the most notable and viral influencers and creators from 2020. See below for official categories.

Brands & Organizations

The Shorty Awards honor the talented agencies, brands, and industry leaders behind the best and most innovative work on social media channels, campaigns, websites and applications.

From the 10th Annual Shorty Awards

The Living Network

Gold Distinction in Integrated Campaign

Entered in Technology, Storytelling

About this entry

Today's networks have enabled an unprecedented depth to human connections. But the rising demand makes it increasingly harder for the networks of today to keep up.

IBM recognized that today's networks are reaching their limits and thus, the evolution of human connections online are at risk of being stalled. It also recognized that the future of networks meant building a network that was responsive and adaptable to the demands it faced. The future calls for a living network that could learn, evolve and self-improve.

Why does this entry deserve to win?

By framing network reinvention under a fresh lens, IBM led a new conversation in the market that expressed the urgency to reinvent from both emotional and strategic perspective.We brought The Living Network to life with a series of human stories that were only made possible by the existence of a network could support the needs of the people who used it.


On social, the Teresa and Bob's story, which has been shared 230 times, has received positive acclaim and sparked more discussion on Women's rights, attesting to the need of a living network. The video has also received 900k impressions, 400k views and has also received the attention of notable Facebook senior leadership.

The campaign is still live, and as of the end of last year, garnered more than 36.8M impressions.


Video for The Living Network

Produced by

IBM Originals / Ogilvy


Entry Credits

About the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media.

Millions of people participate in The Shortys to recognize individuals and organizations producing great content on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitch, TikTok, and the rest of the social web.

the final deadline FOR voting and entering in the 12th annual shorty awards WAS on thursday, FEB 20TH.