There are so few of us that you could easily create awards that could only be applicable to one or two of us. Personally, I would rather get a shout-out, on This Week on C9, for a good idea, than be the recipient of a general purpose award.
But I think having one big annual award is good for the community. It might be due to some type of cognitive bias, but, I did notice after the Nineys survey was posted, that most niners were more helpful.
I wouldn't want to see people pandering for handouts. But, I think anything that encourages personal growth and community involvement would be a nice tradition to conclude the Mix conference.