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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper Recognized for Prestigious Interactive Media Award


The Horizon Interactive Awards, a leading international interactive media awards competition, has announced the 2016 award winners to highlight this year’s “best of the best” in interactive media production.

The official site of Gov. Hickenlooper was recognized for its excellence with a Gold and Silver award for Social Media and Government Agency websites.

Looking to bridge the gap between expectation and delivery, Gov. John Hickenlooper’s team launched a website focused on new technologies, usability, accessibility, and increasing measurable citizen engagement. Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA) Executive Director Jack Arrowsmith stated: “the site was built in collaboration with Colorado Interactive over a five-month period on a platform designed specifically for use by Colorado government entities.” He added, “We launched under a self-funded model, via a contract between Colorado Interactive and SIPA, the website project, valued at $390,000, was provided at no cost to Colorado taxpayers.”

"When we launched our new website, the goal was to create a platform to provide Coloradans easier access to online services, updates from our office and to share our priorities," said Governor John Hickenlooper. "We are honored that our website received this recognition and are grateful to our partners, the Statewide Internet Portal Authority and Colorado Interactive, for their work on this innovative site."

The Governor’s site uses innovative technology to integrate third-party services to bring Colorado government to citizens in a single location rather than requiring them to visit a specific destination for information. The secure integration of Instagram, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, webforms, and a new custom flag status application make interacting with the Governor convenient and secure. To ensure accessibility for all citizens, the site not only meets 508 compliance standards, but also includes new technology features such as the OpenDyslexic font. Since launch, the Governor’s information and services are reaching more citizens than ever, and the team at the Governor’s office is better able to serve Coloradans.

The 15th annual, international competition saw over 1,200 entries from around the world including 40 out of 50 US States and 20 countries including: Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Germany, Greenland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Turkey, UK, Ukraine and Uruguay.

An international panel of judges, consisting of industry professionals with diverse backgrounds, evaluated categories ranging from online advertising to mobile applications. The 2016 winning entries showcase the industry’s best interactive media solutions including websites, mobile applications, print media, interactive displays, public exhibits, online advertising, video, email and more.

“The 2016 competition represents an outstanding execution of industry trends in terms of strategic online solutions and integrated campaigns through multiple media,” said, Mike Sauce - Founder of the Horizon Interactive Awards. “Many of our top award winners have continued to stay on the cutting-edge of technology while maintaining the high bar for visual design. We’re continuing to see websites that harness the power of the immersive online experience while coordinating across multiple delivery channels. Design is also continuing to evolve where you are seeing an equal blend between form and function and those 2 elements are combining to deliver digital solutions that not only look fantastic but have a real purpose. It is clear that digital creatives are paying close attention to performance across all media, brand identity, user purpose and the utility of the solution.”

The Horizon Interactive Awards holds the competition each year with the winners being announced the following April. For more information, visit the Horizon Interactive Awards online: www.horizoninteractiveawards.com.

About the Horizon Interactive Awards

In its 15th year, the Horizon Interactive Awards was created to recognize excellence in interactive media production worldwide. Since 2001, the competition has received tens of thousands of entries from many countries around the world and nearly all 50 US States. Each year, those entries are narrowed down to the “best of the best” to be recognized and promoted on an international stage for their excellence. The judging process involves a blend of the Horizon Interactive Awards advisory panel, an end user panel and an international panel of volunteer judges consisting of industry professionals. Winning entries have been dubbed the “best of the best” in the interactive media industry.

About SIPA

Established in 2004 by the Colorado General Assembly, the Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA) is a self-funded government organization created to be Colorado's single most comprehensive delivery channel for electronic government (eGovernment) services. SIPA strives to accelerate the adoption of efficient, effective electronic government services by placing more government information and services online to benefit the citizens of Colorado. In addition to free websites, payment processing setup and event registration software, SIPA provides technology solutions including: Google Apps, security assessments, video streaming/archiving, online learning portal, eSignature, CRM, CMS and more. For more information about SIPA, please visit www.colorado.gov/sipa.

About Colorado Interactive

Colorado Interactive is the team behind the official website of the state of Colorado (http://www.colorado.gov) and is overseen by the Statewide Internet Portal Authority. The portal operates through a public-private partnership between the state and Colorado Interactive to help Colorado government entities web-enable their services. Colorado Interactive builds, operates, maintains, and markets Colorado.gov and is part of digital government firm NIC's (EGOV) family of companies.

About NIC

NIC (EGOV), which is celebrating 25 years as a company in 2017, has seen the transition of digital services from green-screen computers to mobile apps and artificial intelligence. Founded in 1992, NIC is the nation's premier provider of innovative government solutions and secure payment processing, which help make government more accessible and convenient for everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies has a library of more than 12,000 digital government solutions for more than 4,500 federal, state and local agencies in the United States. Among those solutions is the ground-breaking personal digital government assistant, Gov2Go, aimed at providing constituents easy, personal interactions with government. Additional information is available at www.egov.com.

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