Photo - Chan May Ling, Head of Marketing Services, DiGi Telecommunications.
DiGi Telecommunications [DiGi] has announced the fourth iteration of its annual WWWOW Internet For All awards, which includes new categories and prizes, in a bid to recognise the most inspiring Malaysian netizens.
Since its inception in 2011, the programme, which is endorsed by the national regulator Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission [MCMC], has helped to recognise many internet talents with inspiring social causes who have used the internet, said DiGi head of marketing services Chan May Ling.
"DiGi WWWOW Internet For All Awards has helped encourage netizens to create local content, giving people more reasons to use and subsequently benefit from the internet in line with our ambition of bringing Internet For All," said Chan.
"This year, we have strengthened the programme by streamlining the categories, and put extra emphasis on the quality of content and the impact it has on the lives of its audiences," she said.
"We are once again calling individuals who are active users of the internet to share their stories and inspire others in nurturing a progressive online community," said May.
She said that last year, the DiGi WWWOW Internet For All Awards 2013 received "a record 1,932 unique entries submitted within 30 days, and more than 39,000 votes. There was strong viral interest with more than 8,900 tweets generated on the #DGWWWOW hashtag, creating more than 155 million impression, and the WWWOW microsite had 505,000 page visits with a total of 388,000 unique visitors."
Hosting workshops in Kuala Lumpur
She said DiGi will be hosting inspirational workshops and discussions to support participants of the programme on 30 April and 8 May 2014 in Kuala Lumpur.
Designed to help develop submissions, Chan said "these workshops will feature industry pioneers who will share their experience and know-how on building successful internet presence, and are open to all participants, previous WWWOW winners and internet communities."
Submission to the programme is through three simple steps:
The DiGi WWWOW Internet For All Awards is open to all Malaysian netizens from now until 31 May 2014. To enter the programme, participants are advised to follow these three simple steps, she said:
- Share their contribution in the online space by providing a summary of their work in one of three categories: Commerce, Content and Community by logging on to wwwow.my. Their entries should highlight how and why their internet endeavours have successfully inspired fellow Malaysians. Once submitted, the entry will be made available on social media for public voting.
- Once their submissions are approved, participants are able to unlock an 'online journal' where they are required to provide more information on their entries by answering a list of questions. The top 10 entries from each of the three categories with the most online votes will move on to the final judging phase.
- On 4 June 2014, the shortlisted 30 participants will pitch their entries to DiGi and a panel of judges representing various marketing disciplines from across the industry. The judges will select a winning entry for each of the three categories.
The three category winners will be announced on 20 June 2014 during the Awards Grand Finale event whereby each winner will win a cash prize of RM25,000 [US$7,716] and other experiential prizes, said Chan.
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