Open to any person who has created a website under the .re TLD, the Dot Award 2013 contest is organized by the Fundació puntCAT – the Registry for the .cat TLD (Catalonia) – with the support of RVO-Society, CENTR, ARNES and Afnic. It is open to any student or group of students – secondary school, high school or university students – from the same school domiciled in the territory of the European Union as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Various prizes – worth up to 750 euros – will be awarded to the best sites with .re TLD taking part in the contest.
The different stages of the contest
The Dot Award 2013 contest takes place in two stages:
- During the first stage – from December 18, 2012 to March 14, 2013 – Afnic receives the entries for each extension in the three different categories: Design, Content and Information Technology. For each category, the Afnicjury awards 5 prizes in accordance with the contest rules and regulations, or a total of 30 prizes.
For each of the three categories, prizes of up 70 euros are up for grabs!
- After this first stage, the 30 winning entries enter the second stage of the competition: the winning entries from each European organizer are accepted for the Dot Award 2013 contest by the Fundació puntCAT. Each entry will therefore compete in its original category of Design, Content and Information Technology.
The best websites in each category will win prizes worth € 750, awarded in May 2013
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, donates 90% of its profits to its 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 80 employees.