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Guide Dogs CatchUp wins three international w3 awards.

August is delighted to announce that CatchUp has won gold and two silvers at the 18th Annual w3 awards in New York.

The w3 Awards honours creative excellence in digital design and recognises the global teams behind award-winning websites, online marketing, web video, mobile sites and apps, social, podcasts, and emerging technology,

The Awards is sanctioned by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA), an invitation-only body of top-tier professionals from acclaimed media, interactive, advertising, and marketing organisations. The jury is comprised of design and technology leaders from organisations like Walt Disney Studios, Lippe Taylor, Meta, Publicis Sapient, Netflix, IBM, NASA, and many others.

For its excellence in designing and developing CatchUp, Guide Dogs was awarded:

  • Gold, General Websites – Community.
  • Silver, General Websites – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  • Silver, General Websites – Charitable organisations.


Congratulations to all of the other winners and nominees.

CatchUp—the Guide Dogs online networking and support community designed specifically for people with low vision or blindness—continues to impress judging panels around the world, having already picked up three awards at Australia’s peak international design awards, the 2023 Good Design Awards.

Speaking at the w3 Awards ceremony, AIVA managing director Lauren Angeloni offered:

“I couldn’t be more thrilled with the strength of the submissions… A brilliant group of digital creators answered in force the rallying cry to ‘Be the Spark’.”

About CatchUp: the Guide Dogs social networking and community support platform.

Around 13 million Australians experience long-term eye conditions. While many people know the physical effects, perhaps fewer know that the experience of losing vision often comes with an associated impact on mental health: including loneliness, worry and fear.

While there are many in-person supports available, research suggests people with low vision or blindness can be hesitant to reach out to engage.

Purpose designed for people with low vision or blindness, CatchUp provides an opportunity for people to connect, learn from each other, chat about experiences, read news and updates, discover events in the community and more.

To learn more about CatchUp, Guide Dogs, or the w3 Awards, you can:

Alternatively, if you’ve got an exciting, interesting or ambitious idea—and you’d love to see your organisation celebrated at international design awards—drop us a line, and let’s make it happen. We love nothing more than supporting good organisations to deliver great work that creates genuine impact.

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