DiGi WWWOW Internet For All Awards 2013 to reward Netizens who Dream Big

Press Release
May 17, 2013

DiGi WWWOW Internet For All Awards 2013 to reward Netizens who Dream Big
Over RM165,000 worth of prizes, including all-expense paid trip to Oslo for top two winners

SHAH ALAM, 18 May 2013 - DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd ("DiGi") has launched the highly anticipated DiGi WWWOW Internet For All Awards 2013 for the third consecutive year today. Running from 18 May - 23 June 2013, this year's programme promised to be bigger and more exciting with over RM165,000 worth of prizes and money-can't-buy experiences for all 15 categories under contention.

For the top two categories - People's Choice Award and DiGi WWWOW of the Year, the winners will receive a free 3D2N trip to Oslo. This is the first time DiGi is introducing money-can't-buy experiences into the awards programme, which carries the theme, "Dream Big, Do Bigger."

Endorsed by the Malaysian Communications & Multimedia Commission (MCMC), this year's awards programme recognises Malaysia's top talents in social media, digital content and web commerce who have inspired others to achieve greater things and do more good through the power of the Internet. After public submission of entries is closed on 23 June, public voting will start from 2 to 23 June with the results to be unveiled on 6 July 2013.

Among the invited guests from the Internet community and sponsor partners who came to the media launch was the double awards winner of the DiGi WWWOW of the Year 2012 (The Best of The Best) Award and the Most Inspiring Internet for Good Award 2012, Petfinder.my. Its co-founder, Andy Koh was present to share how his life was impacted for the better after receiving the accolades.

Chan May Ling, Head of Marketing Services for DiGi, explained: "Based on the testimonials shared by our past winners, it is very encouraging for us at DiGi to know that they are now reaping the benefits after winning the DiGi WWWOW Internet For All Awards. Petfinder.my is living proof that the DiGi WWWOW Awards programme has motivated the organisation to dream a little bigger to find homes for displaced pets.

"His success, among others, has further renewed our commitment to extend our Internet For All agenda and accord due recognition to those who took on the challenge to inspire and be inspired to do great things in the Internet sphere. This year, we are introducing exclusive money-can't-buy experiences into the prize list as a means to motivate the WWWOW winners even further on their respective journeys to 'Dream Big. Do Bigger'. Creating opportunities to engage with leaders and influencers in their respective fields is one way, we believe, to inspire the winners even more."

Apart from the all-expense paid trip to Oslo, Norway, some of the other category winners can look forward to a free trip to The Philippines and meet fellow top bloggers there; and pick the brains of the Managing Editor of Yahoo! SEA on developing photo stories, among other similar prizes up for grabs.

The DiGi WWWOW Internet For All Awards 2013 boast an impressive group of collaborating partners, which include main partners ASTRO, Era.fm, Hitz.fm, Asia Web Direct, AIG Malaysia Insurance, HTC Malaysia and Starbucks Malaysia. Other key industry partners are Churp Churp, Google Malaysia, Kolej IACT, InMobi, Innity, Lowyat.net, Malaysiakini, MSN, Mudah.my, Nuffnang, Says.my and Yahoo!

In total, 15 award categories were announced for the DiGi WWWOW Internet For All Awards 2013.

  1. IACT Top Online Over-Achiever Under 16 Award 2013
  2. Nuffnang Fave Makan-Makan Expert 2013
  3. MSN Fave Entertainment Blog 2013
  4. Lowyat.net Fave Tech Head 2013
  5. Mudah.my Online Shop of the Year 2013
  6. Nuffnang Blogger of The Year 2013
  7. Nuffnang Shorty Blogger of the Year 2013 *NEW*
  8. Innity Most Inspiring Internet for Good Award 2013
  9. Says.my Fave Video of The Year 2013
  10. Yahoo! Photo(Story) of The Year 2013
  11. Google Breakthrough YouTube Sensation/Star of The Year 2013
  12. Malaysiakini Social Media Gathering of The Year 2013
  13. inMobi App of the Year Award 2013
  14. DiGi WWWOW People's Choice of The Year Award 2013 (by popular vote)
  15. DiGi WWWOW Of The Year 2013 (The Best of The Best)

Judging will be conducted by three separate panels of judges, comprising relevant experts and online influencers based on the following grouping:

GroupsCategories Blog, Community and Creativity Fave Makan-Makan Expert
Blogger of the Year
Fave Entertainment Blog
PhotoStory of the Year
Shorty Blogger of the Year Content and Platform Innovators App of the Year
Fave Tech Head
Fave Video of the Year
Breakthrough YouTube Star of the Year Commerce and Social Change Agents Online Shop of the Year
Most Inspiring Internet For Good
Top Online Over Achiever Under 16
Social Media Gathering of the Year

Submission of entries for the 2013 DiGi WWWOW Internet For All Awards is open from 18 May to 23 June 2013. Similar to last year, winners of all awards will be chosen based on a combination of public voting and judges' decisions, except for two categories: The People's Choice of the Year category is determined by popular vote while The Best of the Best category will be decided by the panel judges from the winners of the remaining 14 categories, all of which are selected based on a combined score of popular votes and judges' decision.

Check out how Malaysians are being inspired and inspiring others here: www.WWWOW.my