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Award Force: Celebrating six years

Award Force: Celebrating six years

Woot! It’s our 6th birthday at Award Force and we’re all sitting around the proverbial Slack table, slapping high-fives and throwing out all our favourite party emojis from our desks around the globe. But it’s also a time to be reflective. So what better way to celebrate six years of boot-strapped success than to look back and review what we’ve learned.

6 Ways awards can drive recruitment

6 Ways awards can drive recruitment

Awards aren’t just feel-good pieces of metal or widgets to be added to your website. They can also drive your recruitment, whether you’re hosting an awards program or have won an award. Here are six reasons why.

Creating security for your awards program

Creating security for your awards program

An interview with Award Force’s Technical Director Kirk Bushell to learn about how to add security to your program, and what Award Force is doing to ensure your program’s security and integrity.

Creating an entry form your judges will love

Creating an entry form your judges will love

How much do you consider your awards program judges when designing an award entry form?

Entry form design can be a tricky task, and it’s important to make the experience a pleasant one for both the entrants and the judges who will assess each entry.

How awards programs can recognise excellence in architecture

How awards programs can recognise excellence in architecture

Architecture is much more than a building on a plot of land. It reaches beyond the necessities of shelter to strive to become a work of art and a reflection of our zeitgeist. Recognition of good work helps evolve the industry and foster credibility for new players. It can also help inspire future generations to find their own voice and learn from the giants who came before them.

Plagiarism Detection

Plagiarism Detection

Credibility is critical for every business endeavour. But it’s even more fundamental in an awards, grants or submission program where evaluating content is a central focus and where plagiarism is a threat to program credibility.

And, unfortunately, it’s easier than ever for someone to steal content that is not theirs.

9 Things NOT to do at your next awards ceremony

9 Things NOT to do at your next awards ceremony

Awards Season is here and it’s time for some always entertaining red carpet fanfare. But, if you’re an awards event planner, it’s also the perfect time to reassess what makes an awards ceremony successful and what makes it a Twitter target.

Award Force: “Service” as a Service

Award Force: “Service” as a Service

You hear it everywhere these days. SaaS, SaaS, SaaS. You probably use a handful of SaaS products every day. The term, which stands for Software as a Service, includes popular software like MailChimp, SalesForce, Google Apps, Zen Desk, and yes, Award Force, our award and grant management software.

Winning an award

Winning an award

Acknowledgment and recognition are vital human needs. Winning and losing generate strong emotional responses in us. We have evolved to want to win because historically it may have been the difference between life and death.

Award Force + disability

Award Force + disability

According to the World Health Organisation, 15% of the world population, roughly 1 billion people, live with disabilities. This is an incredibly large community of people that are easily excluded if an application does not consider them in their design.

Award Force has been designed for all types of users, and that includes people with disabilities.

The excellence in what we don’t see

This cartoon by @officeguycartoons.com recently floated around the “office” at Award Force (Slack ?). Since we are a company that develops software to help organisations recognise excellence in their field, the cartoon was both apt and thought-provoking.

Spam traps, what they are and how to avoid them

Spam traps, what they are and how to avoid them

Spam traps are a tool used by ISP’s to identify and track spammers. Essentially, they are an unmanned email address that alerts an ISP anytime an email lands in its inbox. If by some chance you send an email to this address, you get flagged as a spammer and you will find it extremely difficult to get any of your email delivered.

Attachments… more than just paperclips

Attachments… more than just paperclips

Attachments in Award Force are not just a paperclip on the side of an input box. They are a fully fledged power tool which gives you, your team and your program participants an exceptional experience, leaving you wondering “why doesn’t everyone handle attachments like that?”

Award Force GDPR functionality

Award Force GDPR functionality

How exactly does Award Force protect you and your participant data?

Complying with GDPR may not be relevant for you— in any case, we still encourage best-practice protection of personal data wherever you are. There are likely to be other data protection laws that do apply to your organisation.

Our trust + transparency overview

Our trust + transparency overview

The General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR, is Europe’s way of strengthening and unifying data protection for all individuals within the European Union. Here at Award Force, we want to offer consistent protection to citizens globally, which is why…