Miami, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–May 26, 2006–More than 1,000 Spanish-language websites in the United States will compete for the Arroba de Oro awards in the first contest to showcase the best online products for the Hispanic community. Companies, organizations, public and private entities and individuals submitted entries between March 25 and May 20 under 13 categories offered.
Since 2001, the Arroba de Oro contest has given awards to websites that contribute the most to the development of the Internet industry in Latin America. The contest has reached 14 countries and now is being held in the United States for the first time through its website, http://www.arrobadeoro.com.
Arroba de Oro seeks to encourage businesses and people who have sites targeting Hispanics to use, in addition to the Spanish language, resources that help Latino communities meet their needs and hold on to their roots.
“Although the Arroba de Oro contest has been held since 2001 in more than 14 Latin American countries, the United States has been the greatest challenge for us due to the size of the market,” said Fabricio Altamirano, president of Arroba de Oro. “The great response from the public has surpassed expectations, and we are sure that the contest will produce excellent results,” Altamirano added.
The preliminary round of the best sites in each category will be in the hands of whoever wants to cast a vote. From May 26 to July 14, all those interested can visit http://www.arrobadeoro.com to vote for their favorite sites.
A jury made up of 50 editors, designers and Internet experts from 17 countries will then evaluate the sites selected in the preliminary round by the public, based on the global standards of creativity, design, content and identification with the various Hispanic cultures.
The list of finalists will be published on July 14. Premio Arroba organizers will give special awards honoring Best Design, Best Home Page and Best Effort to Reach Out to Hispanics. Awards include $75,000 in cash.
A special award will be given to the site that gets the highest number of Internet votes. The Most Votes Online award will be solely at the discretion of web users.
About Arroba de Oro
Since 2001, the Arroba de Oro award has set out to honor websites that contribute to the development of the Internet industry in Latin America. The contest, originated in El Salvador, reaches 14 countries in Latin America and now, for the first time, the United States. The contest is open to organizations, companies and individuals who produce or own an open-access website for the Hispanic market at least part of the year.