2008 Smiley Award

On September 19, 1982, CMU’s Scott E. Fahlman posted a message on the department’s online bulletin-board system proposing that we use :-) as a symbol for “I’m just kidding” and :-( as a symbol for “This is serious”. In celebration of this pivotal event in the history of human communication , the Department of Computer Science of Carnegie Mellon University established an annual Smiley Award for innovation in technology-assisted person-to-person communication. This year’s winners are Jennifer Gooch and Turadg Aleahmad for “One Cold Hand? A Site for the Collection and Reunion of Pittsburgh’s Dropped Gloves”.