GLAMi Awards

2017 GLAMi Award winners on stage

The GLAMi Awards recognize and celebrate the most innovative projects in the cultural heritage sector of the past year. Relaunched in 2016, this year the GLAMi program has expanded to include a special showcase session for finalists on Thursday before the awards ceremony on Friday.

From 1997 to 2016, the MW awards were known as The Best of the Web, reflecting a time when “web” was synonymous with “innovation.” To respond to the rapid evolution of the technology landscape and our visitors’ expectations, BoW was renamed at MW’s 20th anniversary conference to showcase the best work we do to engage, inform and excite people both on the Web and across the myriad networked platforms and contexts innovative cultural practices take us.

Submitting Your Project

Any museum, gallery, library or archive (GLAM) institution may submit their 2016 project(s) for award considerations. Agencies and media producers may submit their work in collaboration with the client institution. Projects must have been released to the public during the 2016 calendar year.

Submissions are now closed.

The submission form closed at midnight CST on Sunday, March 12, 2017.

A recipient of a GLAMi Award in 2017 shows off her trophy.


  • Exhibition Media or Experience
    In-gallery exhibit media, installation, interactive or app.
  • Education Program
    Course, workshop or lab for youth or adults.
  • Marketing and Promotion
    Website, digital campaign (advertising or social) to increase awareness of the institution as a whole.
  • Exhibition and Collection Extension
    Microsite, app, or other digital experience that extends a specific exhibition’s content or collection beyond the physical building.
  • Museum-Wide Guide or Program
    Digital app, tool or experience designed to facilitate visitor way-finding or engagement with the collection.
  • Professional Development
    Digital program or tool designed to develop staff knowledge or the field as a whole.
  • Groundbreaking
    (That which is simply too new or different to otherwise be categorized.)


Before completing the form, verify you’re a registered MW user. Not registered? Create your account now. Complete the submission form before midnight CST on Sunday, March 12, 2017.

Fields you will need to be prepared to complete:

  • Project Title
    The formal name of the project.
  • Institution
    The formal name of the museum, gallery or archive that launched the project.
  • Agency or Media Producer
    The external partner (if any) that was contracted to produce the project.
  • Institution Contact Name
    If you’re submitting a project on behalf of an agency or media producer, please include the name of the primary contact for the client institution.
  • Institution Contact Email Address
    If you’re submitting a project on behalf of an agency or media producer, please include the email address of the primary contact for the client institution.
  • Category
    Select the most appropriate category for your submission (see list above).
  • Project URL
    If the project is available to the general public, please provide a URL.
  • Link to Video (New for 2017)
    Link to a video (maximum 3 minutes) on YouTube or Vimeo that provides a walkthrough of the experience for the judging committee. The video can be simply shot on a mobile device or edited from prior footage, just make sure it conveys the core experience to the judges. All videos submitted should be captioned, which can be done easily via third party services such, as, Cielo24, and free via YouTube and Find more captioning tips in our Guidelines for Presenters.
  • Description (This will be published on the MW2017 website.)
    Tell us about the project: Your written information that will help the judges review it: highlight why this project is great at what it does. Cite specific pages by URL. Include screen shots if desired. Describe the impact. If this project is not immediately reviewable by the judges, please ensure your video captures all they’ll need to review.
    Supporting images or additional video: Please submit as many images, illustrations or links to videos as you think necessary to completely review the project. Upload an image by clicking on the media button below the Description text area. Follow the prompts on the pop-up form, first to upload your image file, and then to link it to your nomination. Put your image at the start of your text, and the words will flow around it. Please use the default settings for image formatting.

Submissions are now closed.

The judging and awards process

  • All submissions will be judged by the GLAMi Awards Judging Committee.
  • Finalists in each category will be invited to present their project in a 2-3 minute talk at the MW2017 conference before the judges and their peers on April 21st, 2017.
  • The 20th Anniversary GLAMi Awards winners will be announced at the awards ceremony later on April 22nd, 2017.

We’ll update this page as judging commences. Best of luck!