11th Annual Shorty Awards Categories


See below for official categories. The early entry deadline is November 29th, 2018.

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 3rd Annual Shorty Social Good Awards Best in Education

This award honors a program, project, or initiative that addresses education inside and outside of the classroom. Educational institutions, programs and services are eligible for this award. Objectives may include educational equity, engaging current students and parents and thought leadership.

See previous winners and honorees here.

Finalists

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#Romanovs100: 4,000 photos. 4 social networks. 1 family.
The Romanovs were pioneers of photography — in the early 20th century they owned the world's first portable Kodak cameras and captured almost every meaningful event in their lives. On July 17, 1918, the last Tsar of the Russian Empire, Nicholas Romanov, was executed with his wife and five children by the Bolsheviks. To pay tribute to the family,...
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1968.DIGITAL / Future History 1968
First documentary series in a mobile format "1968.Digital" (or Future History 1968 as seen on BuzzFeed News) brings the global battle for human rights to your smartphone.Protests and social movements are on the rise all over the world (#MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter, #NoBanNoWall, #MarchForOurLives in the US) as right-wing parties are winning voters ...
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Camino al Exito (Path to Success)
There are a myriad of reasons why Hispanic students face multiple barriers to improving academic achievement, high school completion, and postsecondary attainment. However, research has shown that families have a strong, if not overwhelming, effect on student achievement. With this in mind, Univision and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation emb...
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Getty Unshuttered
Getty Unshuttered is an innovative multi-platform teen arts program offered by the J. Paul Getty Museum and inspired by Genesis Motor America. Beginning with our belief that everyone is an artist, we created an accessible online platform that empowers teens to change the world through photography--both by telling their stories and advocating for...
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LIFEWTR - #BringArtBackToSchools
Right now in America, over 80% of schools face defunding, with art often the first subject to go. It's one of the main reasons why in Kindergarten, 80% of kids rank high in creativity but by second grade it drops to 10%—and by high school it's almost non-existent. This creative crisis inspired LIFEWTR, a brand that believes "art is as essential ...
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The Astronaut Reality Helmet
This past spring National Geographic premiered One Strange Rock, an event series from Darren Aronofsky and Nutopia. The show tells the story of Earth, told from the only people who have ever left it: astronauts.But only 536 brave souls have actually been to space. It requires years of training and education, millions of dollars and state-of-the-...
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Two Bit Circus Foundation Reignites the Classroom with #STEAMCarnivals
STEAM Carnivals are built to cultivate the next generation of inventors, advance environmental stewardship, and spur community engagement by providing students of all means with access to STEAM education. Think of it as a full stack replacement for the Science Fair and the Bake Sale. Only the already engaged science students attend the Science F...

Nominees

"Not on My Watch"
As part of their 1 Million Project, a campaign designed to help close America's homework gap by providing one million free devices and wireless service to high schools/districts for their low-income high school students who do not have home internet access, Sprint partnered with SoulPancake on a campaign to help spread the message of closing the gap. 70% ...
#IGNITEMYFUTURE
In developing Ignite My Future in School, DE and TCS chose to develop teacher resources based on computational thinking strategies (collect data, analyze data, find patterns, decompose problems, abstract, build models, develop algorithms) rather than another coding and computer science programs for middle school teachers and students. Ignite My Future in ...
#PowerlessQueen
Chess was invented in India in the 6th Century with Queen being the most powerful piece on the board. However today in the 21st century, the real queens i.e. a vast majority of Indian women are not even powerful enough to get access to basic rights of education which makes them being powerless. Infact 20 million girls are denied education in India each ye...
C0D3RS
As women in the computer science field still face scrutiny and are discouraged by things like the controversial memo leaked by a Google employee last summer, IBM, a leader for over 100 years in progressive thinking, stands up to celebrate the women of tech.Supporting females who code has always been in our DNA, and we're on a mission to help elevate anoth...
Curiosity Cube™ Sparks Scientific Curiosity
The science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) sector is growing faster than any other in the U.S., according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Available jobs are predicted to increase 17 percent between 2014 and 2024, while non-STEM employment is expected to grow 12 percent. That said, according to the President's Council of Advisors on Scien...
EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live
Over the past century, we've seen our country undergo the most radical technological advancements, but the high school experience has remained virtually unchanged. We've gone from a Model T to a Tesla, from a switchboard to a smartphone, all while the high school learning model has stayed frozen in time.Recognizing the need for change, XQ set out to spark...
Google Made with Code
Girls start out with a love of science and technology, but lose it somewhere along the way. Research shows this is largely a perception problem — girls don't see coding as interesting or relevant to their passions, don't think they'll be good at it, and don't see other girls doing it. This lack of early interest has a pronounced impact on opportunities la...
Life's Good: Experience Happiness
More than half of American teens are stressed and many don't know how to handle it. When school is in session, teens are the most stressed group in the country. The inability to reduce and cope with stress and anxiety can negatively impact different facets of a teen's life including their health, friendships, relationships with parents, and academic perfo...
Providing Local Nonprofits Access To Critical Knowledge At Scale With Philanthropy University
Philanthropy University is a nonprofit that believes in transforming global development from the ground up. We see local civil society organizations as the key to long-lasting, meaningful change. Everyday, local organizations serve their communities with compassion, commitment, and expertise within highly-disruptive environments; despite doing the hard, a...
Reading is Healing (For children in hospitals)
A hospital stay can be sad and scary, especially for a child. To help sick kids and in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2nd and the NEA's Read Across America Day, the Council for Professional Recognition decided to bring sick kids the joy of escaping with a good book. Our goal was to show the healing power of imagination, imagery and escape books bri...
Siemens Business to Society
As part of the new UN Sustainable Development Agenda, the long-term priorities are clear: End poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity. Siemens contributes to the achievement of these priorities by providing access to clean and affordable energy solutions, creating smart and livable cities and providing access to innovative healthcare systems. Ou...
Situation Project
It all began in 2011. Despite being located in one of the poorest congressional districts in the country, MS 343 was one of only 32 (out of the NYC Department of Education's approximately 1,800) public schools to receive an "A" on its city report card for five consecutive years. Principal Vincent Gassetto was looking for ways to continue the school's succ...
Social Media at Cambridge University
Cambridge University is over 800 years old but we wanted to show the world that we weren't stuck in the past. We wanted to use our presence on social media to be where our audiences were, and to use photography and video as much as possible to project a modern and relevant institution. That said, we didn't have a marketing budget, so all of our chann...
Teachers Have Better Work Stories
The United States is facing a teacher recruitment crisis, and it is expected to get worse as future demand increases in supply decreases. By the year 2020, a majority of the teachers in the U.S. will be of retirement age, but the amount and quality of reaches coming in doesn't come close to the number of teachers leaving. There is a need for larger supply...
We are the Dream
About 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school each year and only 5-10% of these undocumented students continue their higher education. Data suggests that to succeed, undocumented young people need factual information about how they can access and finance a college education as well as connection to a broader community. The problem is three ...
Your Tomorrow, Today
At Oracle, we are uniquely positioned to open pathways to innovation. With R&D centers around the world, a robust partner and customer ecosystem, the innovative Oracle Education Foundation, the global Oracle Giving program, and a network of passionate Oracle Volunteers, we are equipped to support future innovators with the resources they need to create to...
the Learning Generation
The Education Commission is a global initiative engaging world leaders, policymakers, researchers, and education advocates to ensure equal educational opportunity for all children. The organization's Learning Generation campaign was designed to connect social media users with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) – the commitment of e...

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, Tumblr, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitch, Musical.ly, and the rest of the social web.

The Shorty Social Good Awards will be held November 15, 2018 in New York City