Projek Iqra’ grabs social impact prize at Digi WWWOW Awards
By Digital News Asia November 30, 2015
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PROJEK Iqra’, a non-governmental organisation that created a platform focused on education for the underserved community, walked away with the award for the Social Impact category in the 2015 Digi WWWOW Awards.
Projek Iqra’, not to be confused with the South African-founded scholarship fund Project IQra, created the Kelas Rakyat platform as a remedial class for students who are weak in certain subjects but are unable to afford extra tuition classes.
“This award will undoubtedly highlight our aim to bring education to the underserved community,” said Projek Iqra’ cofounder Sharifah Sharina Syed Aswad.
“We want to be able to grow this platform to more states and make a difference to those who need help.
“We hope that through the Digi WWWOW Awards, more non-governmental organisations would partner with us to educate the young,” she said in a statement issued by the awards organiser, mobile operator Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd.
The Digi WWWOW Awards, now in its fifth year, recognises netizens who use the Internet to inspire or aid others. This year’s theme was Taking Ideas Further.
Digi’s marketing services head Chan May Ling said the awards celebrate the achievements of Malaysians who have used the power of the Internet positively to bring their ideas to life.
“Through these awards Digi hopes to inspire more Malaysians from all walks of life to tap onto the Internet to increase online creativity and entrepreneurism in the country,” she said.
The Digi WWWOW Awards 2015 saw over 750 entries and more than 14,204 votes submitted between Nov 1 and 19.
Meanwhile, Asia Capital Management Sdn Bhd took the Mobile E-Commerce & Ultimate award for its Speedrent property rental app, which aims to eliminate the middleman in the rental space. Speedrent was also the judges’ Ultimate WWWOW Winner for 2015, Digi said.
Asia Capital management says Speedrent organises, uncomplicates and complements the home rental experience from start to finish, even during an ongoing tenancy relationship.
“What we want is to provide a platform that eases the home rental experience,” said its founder and chief executive officer Wong Whei Meng.
“It is an honour to be the first to walk away with Ultimate WWWOW Award. The exposure received through this award will definitely help us in achieving our goal,” he added.
The Userguide Films, which aims to make an impact in the film community by producing quality videos and content as well as to help train and inspire other young filmmakers to tell stories, won the Video & Photography award.
Azalia Suhaimi, a mother who specialises and is passionate about photography, poetry, food art, and toddler arts and crafts, took home the Social Influencer prize.
She began documenting her experience with her daughter via the #OrkedsHand hashtag on her Instagram account, @azaliasuhaimi.
#OrkedsHand is a photography series that has helped parents, especially mothers, with playing ideas for their little ones, Digi said.
One Online, which has created a mobile-friendly platform that crowdsources content on thought-provoking ideas and uplifting stories related to unity and nation building, took away the prize in the Independent Publishers category.
Gigfairy, a platform to help users book live music, discover new local artistes, easily book artistes and pay safely, won in the Web E-Commerce category.
The Rebellious Chickpea, a healthy food delivery service focused on fresh food produced daily and delivered to one’s doorstep, won the Social Media E-Commerce award.
Stick It To Me, which aims to make those who are battling congenital or chronic illnesses and other terminal diseases feel less alone, won in the Social Gathering category.
Finally, the People’s Choice award went to independent filmmaker Lee Jinq Rui, whose short film called My Name is Joe has already had over 1,700 views on YouTube.
The short film is about a guy going through a really sad life and wants to pursue happiness but instead gets into even more trouble.
“I am thrilled to have received this accolade … I am happy that Digi recognises content such as this as it creates opportunities for people like me,” said Lee.
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