Enter the Computer Weekly Blog Awards 2010

Computer Weekly’s search for the best blogs in IT is back for its third year, and the 2010 competition promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Social media is an increasingly important tool for communication, collaboration and sharing experiences among the UK IT community, and we want to know which bloggers and Twitter users you turn to. The Computer Weekly IT Blog Awards 2010 will reward and recognise the best comment and insight that the UK IT industry has to offer.

Whether you are a blogger yourself, an active commenter, or just a reader, we want to know which blogs bring you back time and again to read. You can also nominate your own blog if you wish.

You can nominate a blog for any or all of the following categories.

  • CIO/IT director
  • IT consultant / analyst
  • IT professional (male)
  • IT professional (female)
  • Company/corporate: large enterprise
  • Company/corporate: SMEs
  • Project management
  • IT security
  • Software development
  • Gadgets
  • Best international blog
  • IT Twitter user of the year

Visit www.computerweekly.com/blogawards for further details of each category

Once all the nominations are in, we will draw up a shortlist of the best in each category before putting it to readers to vote for the winners. The winners will be announced at a celebratory event in November in central London.

Nominations should be completed on our online nomination page at www.computerweekly.com/nominate.

Blogs do not need to originate in the UK, but they must contain some coverage of the UK IT industry. Self-nominations are permitted, but the winners will be decided by a public vote. The dealine for entries is Friday 15th October 2010.

The Computer Weekly Blog Awards Charity Challenge

We’re adding a special category this year to raise funds for a fantastic cause.

The ultimate measure of the success of a blog is engagement with its audience – so we want to challenge bloggers and Twitter users to show us how they can influence their followers by encouraging them to make a donation to a special charity project.

The charity is Computer Aid International and the project we want you to support is Computers for Schools Kenya.

It costs just £50 to get a refurbished PC onto a Kenyan school desk. There is a chronic shortage of PCs in the Kenyan school system and many Kenyan children complete school never having a seen a PC. Without simple IT literacy these children will be denied basic life chances such as equal access to employment opportunities.

All we are asking you to do is encourage your readers or followers to make a donation by directing them to a JustGiving page, and stating it was your blog or tweet that encouraged them to donate.

The person whose followers fund the most PCs for the project will win a prize – and for every PC that we send to Kenya we will also attach a sticker to show the name of the blogger who influenced the donations.

Visit www.justgiving.com/cw-twitterblog-charitychallenge for all the details.