New site for budding creative talents
Manama, October 26, 2013
Bahrain-based Gulf Awwwards launched the Middle East region's first online web portal, aimed at recognising and awarding creative talent, on the sidelines of the recent Gitex expo in Dubai.
Gulf Awwwards had early this year set up their Mena headquarters in Bahrain with the support of the Economic Development Board.
The company said it seeks to provide a platform for budding creative talents and agencies alike to showcase and be awarded for their creative achievements.
"The concept is quite simple, a panel of judges drafted in from all creative backgrounds will vote on certain aspects of creativity and submit their votes," company managing director Majd Hejair said.
"Once the jury is out, the voting is open to the general public and the collective votes are gathered and results of winning submissions are announced.
"The contest will run for a month and is currently open for submissions for websites and mobile applications.
"Our plans are to add categories of submission in phase two, aiming to cover billboards, social media, graphic design, photography and advertisements next year," he added.
According to chief executive Hyder Cohen, the aim is to reward the best in the field of creativity. "The region has an abundance of talent and agencies that are doing a great job," he noted.
"We want to encourage people to take up careers in creative fields and maximise the benefits of becoming exposed to the global market or working with a company, in addition to allowing agencies to identify talent when seeking to recruit.
"Early next year, we aim to tie up with a large creative talent site to award those bidding for careers in the industry," he said.
"The region is poised to be a hub for talent in the online market and we want to be the catalyst to spearhead talent to be recognised for their achievements and ultimately leapfrog them into their career progression path," he added.
"My intention is to work with e-governments, universities and large agencies to provide scholarships and internships to facilitate the entry into the creative field for any budding talent.
Cohen heads London and Bahrain-based Cohen International Group Creative Hub, employing more than 300 professionals in the division and servicing some of the largest corporates globally.
"Since launching their Mena HQ in Bahrain with the support of the Economic Development Board, we have witnessed the organisation launch a number of innovative concepts that further boost Bahrain's credentials as a technological pioneer in the region," EDB executive director Vivian Jamal said.
The site is offering a special free submission for all until November 15.-TradeArabia News Service