13th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

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

From the 9th Annual Shorty Awards STEM

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics—the fields that help us understand and improve life on Earth. Our nominees all approach these areas in different ways—some are doctors or researchers, others are business people or celebrities—but all of them actively use Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube and more to advocate for progress.

Are you a brand or agency wanting to be recognized for your work in this field? Enter for Best In Education for Brands & Organizations.


Adam Savage
One of the daring co-hosts of Discovery’s Mythbusters, Adam Savage keeps the world wondering what will happen, both on his show and IRL. Building a strong social media following, @therealadamsavage (or @donttrythis on his popular Twitter feed) posts insights into his process and personal life, like videos of his #cosplay creations—he went as Totor…
Dr. Sandra Lee (aka Dr. Pimple Popper)
SoCal dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee has made a name for herself on social media as “Dr. Pimple Popper”—a name she more than lives up to. Dealing with pores clogged beyond most people’s wildest dreams, Dr. Lee gives her patients (and viewers) a huge sigh of relief every time she finishes an extraction. Especially popular on Instagram and YouTube (wi…
Simone Giertz
Swedish-born Simone Giertz truly lives up to her title as “Queen of Shitty Robots,” posting GIF-worthy clips of her homemade inventions, ostensibly created for useful purposes, but which inevitably fail miserably. You’ve likely seen some that have made the rounds on the internet this year, like her aim-averse “lipstick robot” and her “robot to hel…
Tim Peake
British astronaut and scientist Tim Peake engaged the world from high above the stratosphere by posting his experiences on social media throughout his 6 month stay on the International Space Station this year. He conducted fun experiments, like “can you still get dizzy in space?” and posted them on Instagram and Twitter for his millions of fans. H…
Unbox Therapy
Canadian Lewis Hilsenteger is the excitable and awestruck mastermind behind YouTube’s wildly popular Unbox Therapy channel. His formula is simple: open up a new gadget almost every day, try it out, and record what happens. Things like “The 4 Dollar Android Smartphone” and “The iPhone 7 Plus” all get put to the test. Do they work? Do they suck? Wit…


Elon Musk
Elon Musk wants to move to Mars, and he wants you to go with him. It may seem like something out of a sci-fi movie, but the Tesla, SpaceX, and SolarCity founder believes in making the world a better place, and he’s got the means to do so. With climate change in mind, Elon has actively geared his companies’ research and output to be ecologically sound, but h…
“Creative and fun tech durability tests” are what Brandon Baldwin undertakes on his popular GizmoSlip YouTube channel. That description doesn’t nearly do justice to how much fun is happening, with Brandon dropping iPhones and other tech gadgets from heights in different conditions to see what will and won’t protect them from impact. Just consider some title…
Hope Jahren
A professor of geobiology at the University of Hawaii, Hope Jahren has had a huge year, publishing her first book Lab Girl to rave reviews, and also penning an eye-opening essay for The New York Times in March about the common sexual harassment of women working in STEM fields. The piece generated some controversy, mostly from men who felt the need to #mansp…
Life Noggin
Exploring the who, what, where, why, and how of life on Earth, popular YouTube channel Life Noggin fascinates its hundreds of thousands of subscribers with fun, accessible videos answering everything from “How Many People Can The Earth Hold?” to “What’s Hiding Deep Within The Ocean?” They also like to speculate, tackling a number of “What Ifs” along the way…
Mind Your Decisions
Presh Talwalkar majored in Mathematics and Economics at Stanford and since 2007 has had a popular blog filled with his favorite things: brain teasers, math puzzles, game theory, and smart investing tips. He translated his blog’s content to his MindYourDecisions YouTube channel, where he posts videos that cover the same topics. He often shares his solutions …
A self-described “weekly video essay series that puts ideas to work,” you might say that The Nerdwriter is about engineering—though not in the traditional sense of the word. Writer, editor, and host of the videos on his Nerdwriter1 YouTube channel, Evan Puschak is obsessed with how and why things gets made, and what makes them effective, meaningful, or just…

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, Snapchat, and the rest of the social web.

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