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The beginning: We need your submissions

To start with, it’s up to you – the public – to suggest candidates in all of The Bobs categories and 14 languages.

  • Only projects and sites in The Bobs 14 languages can be submitted to the competition. The languages are: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Ukrainian.
  • You may submit your own site or project.
  • Websites must be accessible to the public.
  • Websites from the Deutsche Welle or its employees are not allowed in the competition.
  • Websites in which jury members are closely and directly involved are not allowed in the competition.
  • We do not accept submissions that contain or link to any form of insulting, racist, sexist or in any other way discriminatory or obscene content. Sites or projects containing religious fundamentalism, political extremism, anti-Semitism or xenophobic content are not allowed in the competition.
  • To participate in the contest, a site need only be submitted to The Bobs once. The number of times a site is submitted does not influence its chance of advancing to the next round or its chance of winning.

Phase two: The jury gets to work

After the window for submissions to The Bobs has closed, each jury member receives a list of all suggested sites in his or her language and gets down to analyzing and rating them to create a list of finalists. The five finalists in the language-specific categories are determined by corresponding language’s jury member. Jury members are permitted to submit sites to The Bobs.

The multilingual categories each receive a finalist from each of The Bobs’ 14 languages. Should a jury member choose not to name a finalist in a multilingual category, that language’s spot in the category will be filled by a selection from another language to ensure the multilingual categories each have 14 finalists.

The Bobs team consists of native-speaking editors in each of the competition’s languages. While the jury members act independently, The Bobs team members are available to lend a hand as necessary.

Phase Three: Time to make a decision

It’s up to the Internet-using public to vote on the winners of the User Prize in all the language-specific categories.

  • The voting phase begins when The Bobs jury names the nominees in each of the contest’s categories.
  • Voting is allowed once per category, per 24 hours, per network.
  • You may vote for yourself or a project you are involved in.
  • Voting results will decide the User Prize winners in the 14 language-specific categories.
  • Separately and independently from the online vote, the jury will name the winners of the Jury Award in the three multilingual categories.

In order to reach their decision on who should receive The Bobs Jury Awards, jury panel members are invited to a meeting in Berlin, Germany. If a jury member cannot be present, a team member from The Bobs fills in and represents the juror’s wishes. Jury members discuss and decide on the winners in the multilingual categories. A Deutsche Welle employee, who does not have a regular vote, chairs the meeting.

A number of rounds of voting decided by simple majority produce a winner. The meeting’s chair casts tie-breaking votes, if necessary.

Jurors present the sites in their language to the rest of the jury panel. A round of preliminary voting reduces the number of finalists to three. These three sites are put up for further discussion before a second round of voting decides the two final candidates. After a final round of discussions votes are cast to determine the Jury Award winner.

The Freedom of Speech Award is given out by Deutsche Welle.

All winners are announced on this website.