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Report: Browsersync at the 2015 Net Awards Ceremony

BrowserSync not only made the long list for Open Source Project of the Year, but went one further, reaching the final five nominees and earning a place at the glittering Net Awards ceremony.

The awards ceremony, hosted at the the Grand Connaught Rooms in London, saw luminaries from the UK and abroad gather to celebrate the best web design and development from the past 12 months. The evening began with a champagne reception, where we mingled with fellow finalists and tried to stay cool as we spotted Eric Meyer across the room. A three-course dinner followed, allowing the nerves to ebb and flow before the lights dimmed for the big reveal. MC duties fell to comedienne Roisin Conaty, who delivered a little stand-up to break the ice before handing out the gongs.

Over the past month, 100 judges — our peers — had reviewed the shortlisted nominees and placed their votes across the 20 categories. In the open source category, Browsersync stood shoulder-to-shoulder with impressive competition: Atom by Github, Foundation by Zurb, Gulp, and Meteor. We were truly honoured to be counted amongst such storied projects. While we have metrics for downloads and issues, it’s harder to gauge whether people value our project, whether it’s truly making an impact on the industry. But, the community gave us their backing, propelling us to the shortlist; that’s a clear indication and reward for the time we’ve invested in the project. Now we were moments from finding out if we would make the final step; were we ‘the best’? Our category was first…

Sadly, we were not a winner. The trophy went to Atom, a hackable text editor supported by GitHub.

One down, nineteen to go. As Roisin rattled through the categories, the winners reflected a maturing approach to responsive design. The work by the Responsive Images Community Group earned two awards (game changer and collaborative project); much-loved responsive news sites by the BBC and Guardian took team of the year and best redesign respectively; while Filament Group, leading advocates for building responsibly, landed agency of the year.

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Browsersync has come a long way in a couple of years, particularly over the past six months with the 2.0 release and updated website. I am personally very proud of the work Shane, Chris, and Oli have put in. Besides our nomination, we’re constantly buoyed by the feedback we receive on Twitter: “you changed the way we work”; “we use it everyday”; “basically indistinguishable from magic”. Thanks once again to the contributors and users who support the project.

You’ll be pleased to hear that we haven’t rested: Browsersync 3.0 is on the way! The core has been rewritten to introduce a wave of new features including:

  • an API with full documentation to enable plugins
  • in-page toolbar for quick access to Browsersync features
  • more synchronisation events

As ever, follow @browsersync and the project website for further announcements.

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