Entries are now open for the South African NGO Web Awards 2009. Organised by SANGONeT, and now in its fourth year, the competition aims to raise awareness about the benefits of having a web presence among South African NGOs, stimulate interest in the application of web solutions and applications, and showcase best practices and innovation in website use.
There are exciting social media trends in the non-profit sector South Africa. Already, South Africa ranks in the top 10 users of Facebook while millions of South Africans are users of Mxit, the local mobile social networking platform. With South Africa’s high mobile phone penetration, as well as the eagerly awaited increase in local broadband capacity in the next few years as a result of the arrival of the Seacom and other undersea cables, we are on the verge of an exciting period of growth and development in social media uptake.
In recognition that social media and web-based applications are transforming the way in which non-profits accomplish their missions, this year entries are invited for two categories:
1. Best use of social media
2. Best use of mobile technology
We are interested in how organisations are integrating and using social media and mobile technology through their websites to meet their objectives. This is not only about the technical and design aspects of the website, but also how, as a tool, it works for development and social justice. The emphasis will be on identifying NGO websites with unique and relevant features in relation to their overall development work.
Issues which will guide the awards selection include usability, accessibility, innovation and content, integration, and demonstrating how the website is complementing the core development focus and activities of the organisation.
There are 3 prizes to the value of R10 000 each, sponsored by Torque IT.
The competition is open to South African NGOs with a website.
Organisations must be able to demonstrate their non-profit status and involvement in development work in South Africa. The 2007 and 2008 winners are not eligible to enter.
Entries have now closed. Winners will be announced at the 2009 SANGONeT Conference taking place from 15-16 October 2009 in Johannesburg, and 20-21 October 2009 in Cape Town.
To enter, complete the online entry form.
Entries will be judged by a panel of independent Internet and development experts. The judges will only consider information that is supplied in the entry form provided and applicants are requested to adhere to the word limits. Judges may visit project websites or request further information to assist in the final decision.
The judges' decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
By entering the competition all applicants permit SANGONeT to use information from the entry forms to produce publicity materials for the awards and case studies for promotion of best practice.
Enquiries about the competition can be addressed to Janine Moolman at email@example.com or Tel: 011 403 4935.