The Washington Post’s Heliograf and ModBot technologies each took first place in the 2018 Global BIGGIES Awards which recognize best practices in big data and artificial intelligence products and strategies by media companies from around the world.

Heliograf won in the category of “Excellence in Use of Bots” and the judges noted “[w]hile this is not the first company to successfully automate the creation of articles based compiling data in templates, their set of examples and explanations are eloquently written and backed. The results also seem quite promising. Very impressive.”

ModBot took the top prize for “Excellence in Use of Artificial Intelligence (Non-Bot)” and the judges said it is “[a] good solution to the very tangible problem of comment moderation. This is a vast problem in the media industry and this solution could reduce a lot of cost for large publishers…”

The awards are administered by The Big Data & AI for Media Association and the winners were honored at a dinner in New York City last night. See the complete list of winners.