Friday, March 09, 2001

The Cyber Scene in Pittsburgh ~ by Bob Braughler

Welcome to the March edition of the Pittsburgh Cyber Scene. This time around, we'll take a look at the Pittsburgh Addys, and the Cyber Scene spotlight takes a look at a new player in town - "The Big Web Company."

We're constantly looking for exciting stories to tell about what local companies are up to. If your company or organization has an interesting story to tell, or you are hosting an event aimed at Pittsburgh's technology community, email me.

This week the Cyber Scene spotlight falls on a company formed by a recent returnee to the Pittsburgh area. The Big Web Company ( specializes in web-based PR and web development.

Co-founder Kelly Collins has returned to the Pittsburgh area after eight years of working for media giants such as the Associated Press, Newsweek, and - most recently - USA Today. Collins and partner Ian Felton focus on corporate communications and consulting, as well as the technical end of site development.

In its short existence, The Big Web Company (and its sister division, Boutique Zero) have garnered an impressive list of national clients. Find out more about this up-and-coming Pittsburgh-area agency at

The Scene:
The Pittsburgh American Advertising Awards were presented on Friday, March 2 at the Benedum Center, Downtown. Ripple Effects Interactive came away the big winner in the Interactive Division of the awards, winning two Addys for business-to-consumer online campaigns.

The two Addy-winning sites were created for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Center for Tourism, Film, and Economic Development. The two winning sites are and

The Ripple Effects team was well-represented at the Addys, as well. President and CEO Louis Malafarina, General Manager Paul Magnani, CTO Carl Kelly and Copywriting guru Gil Gillman were among those in attendance.

Labworks Interactive, Mind Over Media, and Bozell Kamstra were among the other winners in the interactive division.

Upcoming Events:
Tuesday March 13- Pittsburgh Technology Council. Topic: Overview of Web Technologies Time: 4:00 p.m. Location: 2000 Technology Drive, S. Oakland More Info: (412) 687-2700, Ext. 229 or

Thursday March 15 - Pittsburgh Young Professionals. Event: Third Thursdays Happy Hour Time: 6:00 p.m. Location: Valhalla, Strip District. More Info: (412) 263-1056 or

Saturday, March 24 - Saturday, March 31 - Pittsburgh SciTech Festival. Event: "Sci-Tech Festival," a celebration of Pittsburgh's Science and Technology Industries. Times: Varies daily Location: Carnegie Science Center, North Side More Info: (412) 687-2700 or

Thursday, April 5 - Pittsburgh Geeks. Event: Geek Night. Time: 5 p.m. - ??? Location: Foundry Ale Works, Strip District. More Info:

If you have an upcoming event, or would like to be considered for our Spotlight, shoot an email to