Here's the link to the short list and finalists and winners of the IxDA Awards: http://awards.ixda.org/entries/
Steve Baty during the closing ceremonies of the conference said that we do these awards and similar initiatives to create a discourse in the community about them. I know I have little conversations here and there about them, but I don't see it happening in a way that moves things; that impacts the larger group. So I'll put this out here.
We’re excited to announce the shortlist of entries for the 2014
Interaction Awards. Out of the 350 projects submitted from around the
world, 91 projects from 18 countries have been elevated for
consideration. Many thanks to all who shared their stories and submitted
Awards. The design community as a whole does not suffer from a lack of options when it comes to entering competitions recognizing good design in a multitude of disciplines. Whether you design on a grand scale or focus on the narrowest of fields, on a local and international level, there seems to be a design competition for everyone, everywhere, at any time. So does design awards hold any importance when design has become the norm, or is it merely an excuse to pat each other on the back?