Good on ya Xero!

Wow, Xero scooped three of the four awards we were finalists for in last nights ONYAs held at the Wellington Town Hall to close the great Webstock conference this year. (One of the guys will post something about the conference after our brains have settled down to normal levels after seeing, hearing, thinking and learning so much over the last two days!)

Our awards were for Best Web Application, Best User Experience and Most Outstanding Website.

We’re truly honoured to stand beside the other finalists in our categories – Pocketsmith, Eventfinder, Powershop, Ponoko, DigitalNZ, and NZ On Screen. It was a great evening celebrating some some awesome New Zealand talent.

Here’s Philip accepting the Most Outstanding Website award.

The awards presentation was closed with an amazing digital lightshow by The Darkroom centered around the 106 year old pipe organ. It’s an amazing instrument and if you ever get the chance to hear it being played I recommend going, there’s often a short series of free concerts every year. Here’s what the organ usually looks like during the day:

But last night  it was transformed into an incredible 3D fire breathing machine (amoung other things):

Here’s a 50-second snippet I caught on my rather ancient 4 megapixel camera (sorry about the quality) when pistons and steam were roaring and hissing from the machine before it was submerged in water:

Thanks to the judges, Webstock & ONYAs crew, finalists and everyone there for a great night. If other videos and photos come available I’ll post an update.

— Update —

The full version of the digital lightshow is now available on YouTube – now that I watch it again from the angle of the production camera it is even more amazing.


Paul Lattimore
February 2, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Well done to all concerned. Still ahead of the pack with more cool stuff to come no doubt.

Catherine Walker
February 2, 2010 at 10:17 pm

I’ve just updated the post with a link to the full video of the digital light show at the end of the ONYAs.

Catherine Walker
February 2, 2010 at 9:31 pm

The ONYAs blog has been updated with coverage of the awards – photos of the awards being accepted and video slideshows about the work of each of the finalists – go check them out.

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