The official website of the Moscow Mayor has won the Runet Prize awarded for achievements in high technology and the internet in the State and Society category.
There were 29 contesting projects, 10 of which were put on the short list, including the Immortal Regiment Moscow, the official website of the Federal Taxation Service, the new website of government services and the website of open data. Three of the 12 companies that competed for the prize were shortlisted.
The awards ceremony was held in the Izvestia Hall concert centre on 22 November.
The Runet Prize is a nationwide prize, awarded since 2004 for contributions to developing the Russian internet. The prize has been awarded to over 350 companies and government and social internet projects.
The prize is awarded by the Russian Association for Electronic Communications (RAEC). This year, the event was co-sponsored by information project Anews. The other sponsors are the Federal Agency for Press and Mass Media, the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media, companies on the internet and telecommunications market and the expert community.
Applicants compete for prizes in nine categories. There are six basic categories: Technology and Innovations, Economy, Business and Investments, State and Society, Culture, Mass Media and Communications, Science and Education, and Entertainment, Health and Recreation. There are two special categories: Socially Significant Internet Projects and Mobile Application.
Contestants in seven of the above eight categories (excluding the last one) are organisations and projects. In keeping with the rules on expert voting, three companies and 10 projects that win the largest number of votes are put on the short list.
The winners in the People’s Choice category are chosen by internet users from the best internet projects and Runet communities and Runet games.
Projects and companies were nominated from July to October, following which an expert council formed a short list in the basic and special categories and chose three equal winners in each category by 21 November.
Applications for the People’s Choice award were accepted until 7 November, after which users chose 30 best applicants. Voting for the winner and top 10 applicants continued until 22 November. According to the voting rules, you can make one choice a day. The organisers wanted to measure the activity and loyalty of users to the chosen resources as indications of the real leader.