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2014 Dot Award Contest highlights the best sites under the .fr TLD

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Open to any individual or group of pupils or students with a website under the .fr TLD, the 2014 Dot Award contest is organized by Afnic (the Registry for the .fr TLD), in partnership with the FundatiópuntCat – the Registry for the .cat TLD (Catalonia) and various international counterparts.

The objective of the contest is to encourage academic and educational projects on web sites, to get young people involved in the Internet as producers and not simply as consumers of the web, and to develop content as well as technical skills.

The use of programming as a new mode of expression is one of the specifics of the 2014 contest. For Mathieu Weill, CEO of Afnic,

“First of all, I should like to congratulate all the participants, who illustrated the superb scope of their talent, and their mastery of the Web. I also should like to thank them for choosing the .fr TLD for their projects. The staff at Afnic join me in wishing the winners the best of luck for the rest of the contest.”   


The various prizes awarded are as follows:


  • The first prize in the Best Design category under the .fr TLD to

Photo Maxime Bchir

The website won the 1st prize in the “Best Design” category. Aged 23, Maxime B’chir is a 4th year student at the Lorraine Fine Arts School in Metz, majoring in communication. Maxime is passionately interested in various art forms, illustrated by the overlays, inserts, collage and programming he simultaneously uses on his website. He was not satisfied with his first site, created a year ago, which was too heavy, too overloaded. He chose to update it with a sleeker, more minimalistic style, using new graphics and a new programming process – and opted for the .fr TLD to inform visitors of his site about his location. And to assess the level of his programming skills – after his studies, he would like to have a job related to programming, such as a web designer – he decided to take part in the “Dot Award” contest.

The 2nd prize in the Best Design category was awarded to


  • The first prize in the Best ITC category under the .fr TLD was awarded to

Photo Iliyas Jorio

The first prize in the Best ITC category was awarded to Created and developed among others by Iliyas Jorio, 22, the site was created as part of a tutored project in the sophomore year of the IT University Technology Diploma (DUT) at the Nancy-Charlemagne Technological University Institute (University of Lorraine). Intended for first-year students, who are often beginners in programming, the purpose of this site is to test online the algorithm courses provided during lectures. Designed as a teaching tool, is a genuine compiler of algorithmic language. And to raise awareness about the site, still in its embryonic stage, among French schools and institutions, Iliyas Jorio decided to take part in the “Dot Award” contest.  The choice of an .fr TLD for the website’s Internet address formed part of the approach, since the target educational institutions are located everywhere in France.

The 2nd prize in the Best ITC category was awarded to

Given the low number of entries, the jury was unable to award a prize for the Best Content category under the .fr TLD.


To find out more:

Check out the winners of the 2013 Dot Awards

About Afnic

Afnic is the acronym for Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération, the French Network Information Centre. The registry has been appointed by the French government to manage domain names under the .fr Top Level Domain. Afnic also manages the .re (Reunion Island), .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte) French Overseas TLDs.

In addition to managing French TLDs, Afnic’s role is part of a wider public interest mission, which is to contribute on a daily basis, thanks to the efforts of its teams and its members, to a secure and stable internet, open to innovation and in which the French internet community plays a leading role. As part of that mission, Afnic, a non-profit organization, has committed to devoting 11% of its Revenues from managing .fr Top Level Domain to actions of general interest, in particular by transferring €1.3 million each year to the Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity.
Afnic is also the back-end registry for the companies as well as local and regional authorities that have chosen to have their own TLD, such as .paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .mma, .ovh, .leclerc and .sncf.

Established in 1997 and based in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Afnic currently has nearly 90 employees.