Online Public Voting for “Best .hk Website Awards 2014” Kicks Off

Vote for your “Most Liked .hk Website” and win an iPad mini 3

HONG KONG, 4 February 2015 – Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC) announced the commencement of public voting for the “Best .hk Website Awards 2014” (the Awards) previously known as the “Top 10 .hk Website Competition”. From now till 24th February 2015, Hong Kong citizens can vote for their most favourite websites and have a chance to win an iPad mini 3.

“The Awards this year received a new record of 474 entries, representing more than 10 per cent increase compared to last year. There is more competition this year, with websites utilizing a variety of social media tools, tag function and videos for greater interaction with their users,” said Mr Jonathan Shea, CEO of HKIRC. “We are also glad that more large-scale corporations and non-commercial organisations entered the Awards this year, which proves the increasing popularity and recognition of the Awards in the community.”

“To further engage with the public this year, we also launched the new “Most Liked .hk Website Award” to recognize the most popular website that receives the most votes online.” Shea added.

After the initial assessment, 10 websites under the “Commercial” Stream, 11 websites under the “Non-commercial” Stream and 12 websites under the “Government Departments” Stream were shortlisted for public voting.

Moving forward, the Panels of Judges will carry out their assessments for the shortlisted entries based on four criteria: overall website design and functionality, user engagement, use of social media and accessibility. The overall score will be calculated after the public voting, and the outstanding websites will be applauded. The Awards Presentation Ceremony will be held on 21st April 2015 at Cyberport.

From now on, the general public can visit to select their favourite .hk websites and vote for up to three websites in each stream. Only Hong Kong citizens aged 18 years or above are eligible to join. Each individual can cast his votes only once. Voters will automatically be enrolled into a lucky draw and have the chance to win an iPad mini 3. The lucky draw result will be announced on 23rd April 2015 on the Awards website, as well as published on Hong Kong Economic Times and The Standard.

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