Announcing the Acquia Engage Awards
by Sasa Zelenovic
Acquia partners are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with digital. They’re helping their clients achieve their great ambitions, and creating digital experiences that inspire, entertain, and inform. Experiences that extend from mobile to a rapidly growing ecosystem of Internet-connected objects that are located just about everywhere we go. Experiences that through context cut away the clutter and give the user a clear path forward.
Nowhere is their innovation more evident than at Acquia Engage, where Acquia partners and customers share the insight and learnings they’ve gained through trial and error. It’s the one time of the year when hundreds of users converge to showcase what happens when creative and technical talent leverage cloud technologies and open source solutions to deliver groundbreaking digital applications at global scale.
We want to bring more of our partners and customers into the spotlight for the great work they do. That’s why this year we’ve expanded our annual partner award program. For the past three years the Acquia Partner Site of the Year awards have recognized some of the very best examples of Drupal in action. In 2015, 16 winning sites were selected by an outside panel of judges among 48 finalists, and awards were presented during Partner Day on the eve of Acquia Engage. Award programs in 2013 and 2014 similarly spotlighted the very best among hundreds of tremendously innovative projects.
This year we’re taking one step further by bringing our award program into the conference. We're making some other key changes to raise its profile:
- We’re renaming our annual award program the Acquia Engage Awards.
- Winners this year will be announced during an all-conference reception that will be emceed by Joe Wykes, Acquia’s senior VP of channel.
- We’re ensuring both partners and customers have an opportunity to submit their work and be recognized for their innovation.
- We’re raising the perks for finalists and winners. In particular, every organization named a finalist will receive one complimentary conference pass to Acquia Engage and the award ceremony.*
Just as in past years projects will be judged based on several criteria including: visual design, functionality, integration, and overall experience. A panel of distinguished professionals comprised of luminaries from the digital and Drupal communities will serve as jurors. Winners — both partner and customer — will be spotlighted throughout the year in joint marketing and Acquia’s media properties. Submissions must include projects that launched or were upgraded in 2015 or 2016.
We’ve extended the deadline to ensure everyone who has an award-worthy site or project has a chance to participate, but don’t delay, nominations are only open through September 16, 2016. Submit your site today!
*Offer does not apply to Acquia Partners. Please reach out to Meg Fitzgerald at firstname.lastname@example.org for partner-specific offers.