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Voting starts at The Bobs

theBOBS_vote_nowWhat do paying bribes, the herd instinct, sending postcards, knitting and a sign-language assistant named Hugo have to do with each other?

They are all among the 364 nominees for top awards this year in The Bobs.

The Bobs’ expert jury members needed three weeks, but they managed to whittle down the more than 4,200 submissions to the contest to handful of nominees in each of the competition’s 34 categories and 14 languages.

Your turn has come

Now that the candidates have been decided, it’s up to you to give them a look over and vote for the ones you think are best. Remember, you can vote once per category per 24 hours. The blogs that get the most votes will win The Bobs Users’ Choice prize and knowing that people across the Internet love them. Polls open today and will close on May 7 when all the winners are announced at re:publica in Berlin.

Our jury gets to take a little break but shouldn’t get too comfortable. They will be traveling to Berlin at the beginning of May when we’ll be putting them in a comfy conference room (with plenty of coffee) to discuss and decide on the winners of the Jury Awards in the six main multilingual categories.

Winners of the Jury Awards will be invited to pick up their prizes at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn, Germany, on June 17-19.

Now go have a look at this year’s nominees, cast a vote and let your voice be heard!

We’ll be right back after a short break

Voting starts April 3!For the last month we’ve been saving all the blogs, activism campaigns, innovative initiatives and others sites you submitted to The Bobs this year.  All in all, you sent in over 4,200 sites for our 34 categories – that’s over 1,000 more suggestions than last year. Thanks!

Now the hard work begins for our international jury of bloggers, independent journalists and media experts. Jury members are poring over list of submitted sites in their languages to put together a the short list of nominees in each category.

Voting begins in April

The jury is at work now, but your turn is coming up again soon. Online voting in all 34 categories begins on April 3 and Users’ Choice Awards will be awarded to the site that gets the most votes by May 7.

The jury members will decide on Jury Award winners in the six multilingual categories on May 4-5. All the winners will be announced here on May 7 – but you’ll be hearing from us before then!

Who deserves an online activism award?

_theBOBS_submit_nowAnd we’re off! Starting on February 6, the ninth annual The Bobs online activism awards are underway. We’re ready for your suggestions of the best in online activism.

What’s new?

This year we’re expanding to include more languages and categories than ever. Starting now, The Bobs accepts submissions in three more languages: Hindi, Turkish and Ukrainian. That brings to the total up to 14: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Ukrainian. Other than being in one of those 14 languages, websites and projects submitted to The Bobs have to be accessible to the public — that means no password restrictions or registration requirements.

We’ve also increased the number of categories this year. For the first time, we’ll also be looking to honor microbloggers in each individual language. These categories are open to people using Twitter, Weibos or any other microblog platform to share their views. You can find out more about the categories here.

An international award

This year we have an excellent international jury panel to put together list of finalists in all 34 categories. The jury members are also the people who will meet in May in Berlin for two days worth of discussions decide on the winners of the Jury Awards in the six main, multilingual categories. With a representative from each of The Bobs’ languages, the nominees that set themselves apart in these six categories can truly call themselves international award winners.

The other categories in The Bobs — Best Blog and Best Person to Follow in each language — will be decided by an online vote. We will be calling on Internet users around the world to vote for the sites and projects they find most impressive — both in the language-specific categories as well as to hand out the Users’ Choice Prizes in the multilingual categories as well.

Save the dates

  • February 6 – March 6: Submit candidates in 14 languages and 34 categories
  • March 6 – April 3: Give the jury some time to evaluate submissions and create the list of finalists.
  • April 4 – May 7: Vote online to decide the winners of the Users’ Choice Prizes in all 34 categories
  • May 4 – May 5: The jury panel meets in Berlin to decide the winners of the Jury Award in the six main, multilingual categories.
  • May 7: Turn in right here to find out all the winners of The Bobs 2013
  • June 18: Jury Award winners will be in Bonn to pick up their prizes at an award ceremony as part of the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum.

The Bobs start on February 6 with three new languages

theBOBS_starting_soonCurious about what’s been going on at The Bobs since the awards were handed out last year? Well, in addition to the colorful new site, we’ve made some changes to the contest before it starts its ninth edition.

We’re adding three more languages to the award – Hindi, Turkish and Ukrainian – opening the contest’s categories to a total of 14 languages. What exactly does that mean? Read through the site in your choice of Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, or Ukrainian.

This year we also want to know about what microblogs keep you most informed and entertained. That’s why we’ve decided to add a category for Best Person to Follow in each of The Bobs’ languages. Including the new microblog categories, there are not 34 categories for international excellence to be recognized.

The 2013 Jury

The jury speaks here at The Bobs. It’s up to jury members to choose the nominees and all 14 jury panel members (one per language) meet in Berlin to discuss, debate and decide on The Bobs Jury Award winners in the six big, multilingual categories.

This year’s three new languages, of course, will have jury members as well. Dr. Özgür Uçkan teaches communications at Bilgi University in Istanbul. He is a well-known blogger in Turkey and has written several book on net-related topics. Mustafa Nayyem will keep his eye on the Ukranian internet scene for The Bobs. Born in Afghanistan, the  journalist, blogger and TV moderator has become one of the most important political voices in the Ukrainian internet. We’re also happy to welcome popular blogger and moderator Ravish Kumar as The Bobs’ Hindi jury member.

Starting February 6, you can read about all The Bobs 2013 jury members.

Save the date: February 6

In addition to finding about the jury members, February 6 (at high noon, German time) is also the day when the window on suggestions to the 2013 The Bobs will open. We’re all looking forward to seeing your suggestions.