Developer Award

Don't be fooled by what you see on the outside, sometimes the real beauty lies hidden deep within.


Recognizing the
talent behind
the code

Internet Explorer and Awwwards have set out to recognize the work of web developers — the true tinkerers, builders, and architects of the internet. The Developer Award celebrates those who build quality code, interoperable across modern browsers and devices.

The Developer Award was inspired by the amazing work behind some of the best experiences on the web that demonstrate what it means to be inclusive of all people, regardless of device or browser.

It’s no small task, whether that’s optimizing for mobile, ensuring accessibility to individuals with visual or hearing impairments, creating adaptable experiences for legacy browsers, or pushing the technological boundaries without excluding the masses, and your achievements deserve recognition.

The Developer Award is different from other awards. Focused on balancing innovative design with quality code, winners are recognized for setting the bar for the new foundation of the modern web.

Each Developer Award winner is reviewed for potential invitation to be profiled on Internet Explorer’s Rethink Showcase, a behind-the-scenes look at what inspired the project and how it was made.

A special collaboration with:


The Jury

Judging the talent of others is an arduous task. We ask you to be considerate in your decisions, thorough in your analysis, understanding in your criticism, but not to flinch from giving your honest assessment.

  • Dave Methvin

    Dave Methvin

    U.S.A., (COLUMBIA)

    Dave is President of the jQuery Foundation and lead developer on jQuery Core, used by 60 percent of the top 100,000 sites on the Internet according

  • Aaron Powell

    Aaron Powell


    Aaron is a Web Technical Specialist with Readify living in Sydney. As a passionate web developer he believes there’s nothing that can’t be solved with JavaScript and semicolons.

  • Addy Osmani

    Addy Osmani


    Engineer at Google. Author. Yeoman, Polymer, DevTools. Creator of TodoMVC, Aura, Basket. Passionate about pushing the web forward.

  • Antón Molleda

    Antón Molleda

    U.S.A., (SEATTLE)

    Anton is the COO of Plain Concepts Corp. during the day and a JavaScript developer at night. He tries to compensate for the lack of jamón and tapas in the beautiful city of Seattle by hiking and snowboarding when the weather is nice, or JavaScripting when it’s raining.

  • Helio Medeiros

    Helio Medeiros


    Coding great ideas putting together words on system functionalities. Hélio is a software engineer at Grupo RBS. He helps businesses to made dreams come true. Loves agile software development, paper prototype and automatic tests.

  • Javier Usobiaga

    Javier Usobiaga


    Javier is a web designer and front-end developer living in Bacelona. He started Swwweet, his own web design studio with his wife in 2009, and they've been since building beautiful experiences for small businesses and startups alike.

  • John Bristowe

    John Bristowe


    John Bristowe is a Developer Evangelist for Telerik. He enjoys all the meats of our industry’s technology stew and has hacked on any platform/framework he can lay his hands on.

  • Kiran Jonnalagadda

    Kiran Jonnalagadda


    Co-founder of HasGeek; cat herder; former runner and occasional cyclist.

  • Leandro Puca

    Leandro Puca


    I'm originally from Italy but i’ve been living in Phoenix since June 2013. I'm an Award winner Interactive Designer, UX Designer and Front End Developer.

  • Peter Cooper

    Peter Cooper


    Peter is the founder and chief publisher at Cooper Press, an e-mail newsletter publisher reaching over 150,000 subscribers weekly.

  • Rachel Andrew

    Rachel Andrew


    Rachel is the Managing Director of - the company behind the CMS Perch. She has been working on the web since the late 90s, and for much of that time has been sharing what she has learned through her writing and more recently speaking.

  • Sebastian Deutsch

    Sebastian Deutsch


    My name is Sebastian Deutsch and I'm one of the founders of 9elements. I've been doing web development and design for almost 10 years now and I love to program shiny things. Currently I'm totally into HTML5 and iOS development.

  • Thomas Lempa

    Thomas Lempa


    Thomas Lempa is the technical director of the developer squad at dieTaikonauten, a Berlin based and award-winning digital agency.

  • Tomomi Imura

    Tomomi Imura


    A front-end developer & mobile geek. Currently working as an open web advocate at Nokia USA.

  • Robby Leonardi

    Robby Leonardi

    U.S.A., (NUEVA YORK)

    Leonardi is multidisciplinary designer based in New York City. He does illustration, graphic design, animation, and front-end development.

  • Karl Stanton

    Karl Stanton

    U.S.A., (NEW YORK)

    Karl Stanton (Director, Front End Engineering) has over 15 years of digital experience. At Huge, Karl leads the front end engineering team.

  • Zack Bonebrake

    Zack Bonebrake


    Zack is a co-founder, partner and lead developer at Mostly Serious.

  • Ben Johnson

    Ben Johnson


    As owner and creative director of Elegant Seagulls Ben oversees all things design/dev.

  • Óscar Pérez

    Óscar Pérez


    My name is Oscar Pérez, I'm a 38-year-old digital artist and the UX/UI designer at Tierra Virtual Studio.

  • Lea Verou

    Lea Verou


    I have a long-standing passion for open web standards. I love researching new ways to take advantage of modern web technologies and I share my findings on my blog, I make popular tools that help web developers learn and use these standards.

  • Danilo Figueiredo

    Danilo Figueiredo


    Creative Developer from Brazil crafting interactive experiences for digital platforms. I’m based in London and currently work at Stinkdigital.

  • Alexandre Gomes

    Alexandre Gomes


    I am a Chemical Engineer by degree, web developer by passion! Currently I am working as Senior Front End Developer at Bürocratik.

  • Goksel Eryigit

    Goksel Eryigit


    Senior Front-end Developer from Turkey based in San Francisco. Currently doing some awesome stuff for @udemy


How does the
submission process work?

When you submit your site on, you will automatically be eligible for the Developer Award if your site meets the minimum requirements for code quality.

  • Before you submit your site, we highly encourage you to run your site through some tools (W3C Validator, Browsers or Responsive Design) to check for common coding problems. This tools will help you make sure your site meets the minimum requirements and increase your chances to win a Developer Award.

  • When you’re ready to submit, fill out your sites information on our submissions form. There is only one submission for both Site of the Day and Developer Award. Your submission will automatically be sent to the Awwwards team, who will manually check that the code meets the minimum requirements.

  • Should your site meet the minimum technical requirements for the Developer Award, it will be published in the nominee section of Awwwards and sent to both the Site of the Day and the Developer Award panel of judges to await their assessment. Effectively eligible for both awards.

  • For the Developer Award, 4 members of the jury will place their vote based on 3 evaluation criteria (technical, semantic and testing) and the vote furthest from the average will be automatically deleted avoiding potential voting errors.

  • Finally, the average score awarded by users with over 5000 Status Points will be taken into consideration as the eighth and final vote. (See algorithm)

  • Every Wednesday the Developer Award will be presented to those websites which received the highest scores