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HKIRC announces Fifth Top 10 .hk Website Competition results

Zafar Anjum | April 23, 2014
Winning websites demonstrate outstanding dedication to community, says organizer

HKIRC

The FifthTop 10 .hk Website Competition award winners with Daniel Lai, judges, and LegCo members

The Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC) announced the results of the fifth Top 10 .hk Website Competition 2013 at the Award Presentation Ceremony in Cyberport on 17 April.

Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC) is a non-profit-distributing, non-statutory company limited by guarantee designated by the Government of the HKSAR to undertake the administration of Internet domain names under the .hk and the Chinese version of the country code top level domain.

The Competition attracted a wide range of contestants among the four categories, including 272 entries from the Commercial and Non-commercial categories, 82 entries from the Government Departments category and 49 entries from the LegCo Members category. All of the entries were evaluated according to four judging criteria: overall design and functionality, engagement, use of social media and web accessibility.

Overwhelming response

HKIRC said in a statement that this year they received an overwhelming response with 403 entries in total, representing a 25% increase compared to last year. One new factor in evaluating the websites was the consideration of security.

"We are very pleased with the quality and diversity of the entries this year and delighted to see how different sectors in the community have developed well designed and creative websites to market their products and services." said Jonathan Shea, CEO of HKIRC. "We are also glad to see that this year's winning websites demonstrate best practice in the use of the Internet and .hk domain name for their business success, making themselves excellent role models for others to learn from."

Daniel Lai, BBS, JP, Government Chief Information Officer, was the guest of honour at the ceremony.

"The Top 10 .hk Website Competition is one of the many exciting ICT events of International IT Fest 2014," Lai said. "The Competition sets new benchmarks in outstanding website development for driving the continuous development of the Internet for the benefits of the local community." 

According to the announcement, following winners were declared:

Gold Award Winners of Commercial and Non-commercial categories

  • Commercial (corporate group): www.kmb.hk of The Kowloon Motor Bus Co. (1993) Ltd, the first website from a public bus service company, has a bus route search function with strong interactions and web accessibility functions to let them strike gold for the second consecutive year.
  • Commercial (SME group): www.dealshongkong.hk, the "one-stop-shop" e-platform of Deals Hong Kong offers over thousands of group-buying deals from various daily deal sites. This year, the company further enhanced their website with great accessibility elements, taking them from a silver to gold award this year.
  • Non-commercial (Corporate group): the elderly-friendly website, www.e123.hk of The Hong Kong Society for the Aged has an intuitive way of presenting information, with more web accessibility features added this year, making them a gold award winner again.
  • Non-commercial (SME group): a new local website, www.foodangel.org.hk of Bo Charity Foundation, which was launched just less than a year ago with the mission of "Waste not Hunger not," has been successful in raising awareness about excessive food wastage in Hong Kong. The website demonstrates the pursuit of excellence in its use of social media and using creativity to generate user interaction. As a result, the website won a gold award.

 

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