CENTR Awards

 

Registries’ exceptional initiatives shine at 2017 CENTR Awards

(See news article)

On 3 October, CENTR held the third edition of its Awards at the Bibliothèque Solvay in Brussels. The CENTR Awards aim at highlighting ccTLD registry projects, teams and people that are making a difference in our industry.

During the ceremony, the finalists in each of the five categories presented short videos of their projects or people that were nominated. The evening was a great opportunity to showcase inspiring projects and teams that truly make a difference in the online world and to demonstrate the great spirit of collaboration that gives life to the CENTR community.

A brand new category was also introduced this year: the “Registry of the Year”, first one to be submitted to a vote from registrars. A whopping 105 unique registrars participated in the survey that resulted in a tight race between registries.

This year’s CENTR Awards winners are:

  • Marketing Campaign Excellence Category: .CA Product Marketing team for its brand awareness and lead generation campaign (CIRA)
  • Safe and Sound DNS Category: Barbara Povše (Registry.si) & Bert Ten Brinke (SIDN) for the project "Security for Registry.si"
  • Greater Online Good Category: DENIC's source code donation to the Mozilla foundation to support IDNA 2008 in Firefox and Thunderbird
  • Above and Beyond Innovation Category: UK Domain Categorisation (Nominet data team)
  • Contributor of the Year Category: Annebeth Lange (Norid)
  • Registry of the Year Category: EURid (.eu)

Congratulations to all participants!

Photos of the ceremony
Video of the ceremony (upcoming)
Videos of the finalists

2017 CENTR Awards Finalists

Marketing Campaign Excellence Category

  • Claimjeidee.be / Monidéeàmoi.be (DNS Belgium)
  • .CA Product Marketing team for its brand awareness and lead generation campaign (CIRA)
  • navnesok.no (namesearch) project (Norid)

Safe and Sound DNS Category

  • Safer Internet project (SWITCH)
  • Barbara Povše (Registry.si) & Bert Ten Brinke (SIDN) for the project "Security for Registry.si"
  • CIRA D-Zone TLD DNS

Greater Online Good Category

  • DENIC's source code donation to the Mozilla foundation to support IDNA 2008 in Firefox and Thunderbird
  • Share with Care (Nominet)
  • Explore The Internet And Govern It! (Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ)

Above and Beyond Innovation Category

  • DNS Belgium migration to the public cloud
  • UK Domain Categorisation (Nominet data team)
  • NZRS's Domain Analytics

Contributor of the Year Category
(no shortlisting)

  • Alexander Mayrhofer (nic.at)
  • Annebeth Lange (Norid)
  • Nathalie Boulvard (Afnic)
  • Mickaël Vigreux (Afnic)
  • NZRS Research Team (NZRS)

Vote for the Contributor of the Year

The CENTR membership is invited to cast its vote for the Contributor of the Year! The survey is open until 14 September.

This CENTR Award category is submitted to a vote from the membership and to members of the CENTR Award Jury. Through this survey, the CENTR membership is asked to vote for one nominee (one vote per registry). Full and associate members are invited to cast their vote. The CENTR Award Jury will also be ranking the nominees and the results will be added to the membership’s votes.

Vote for the Registry of the Year

Registrars are invited to vote for the Registry of the Year! The survey is open until 14 September.

There can only be a single submission per registrar (organisation), but registrars can rank as few or as many ccTLDs as they are selling (direct relationship only). If more than one submission is received from a single registrar, CENTR will only take the first submission into account. For a registry to be counted in this category, it needs to receive ratings from at least 10 different registrars. Scores will be submitted to an average rating system.

Full list of 2017 nominations

Safe and Sound DNS Category

  • Safer Internet project (SWITCH)
  • Netoscope project (Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ)
  • Barbara Povše (Registry.si) & Bert ten Brinke (SIDN) for the project "Security for Registry.si"
  • Paper on “Anycast vs. DDoS: Evaluating the November 2015 Root DNS Event”
  • CIRA D-Zone TLD DNS

Above and Beyond Innovation Category

  • Escrow Services (DENIC)
  • DNS Belgium migration to the public cloud
  • UK Domain Categorisation (UKDC) (Nominet data team)
  • FRWATCH (Afnic)
  • NZRS's Domain Analytics
  • Deployment of open source registry FRED on three continents (CZ.NIC)

Marketing Campaign Excellence Category

  • Claimjeidee.be / Monidéeàmoi.be (DNS Belgium)
  • Made in .it (.it Registry)
  • .PT campaign Volta a Portugal (DNS.PT)
  • DENIC, nic.at and SWITCH for the Domain Pulse event
  • .CA Product Marketing team for its brand awareness and lead generation campaign (CIRA)
  • America first - RcodeZero Secondary! video (nic.at)
  • navnesok.no (namesearch) project (Norid)
  • Registry rebranding (nic.at)

Greater Online Good Category

  • The OPTIMISE Fund (IEDR)
  • DENIC's source code donation to the Mozilla foundation to support IDNA 2008 in Firefox and Thunderbird
  • Going Green: Sustainable management in the DNS industry (EURid)
  • Share with Care (Nominet)
  • Explore The Internet And Govern It! (Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ)
  • CSR outreach of the Internet Foundation in Sweden (IIS)
  • Internet Radio for People with Visual Impairments (Internet Society Armenia)

Contributor of the Year Category

  • Alexander Mayrhofer (nic.at)
  • Annebeth Lange (Norid)
  • Nathalie Boulvard (Afnic)
  • Mickaël Vigreux (Afnic)
  • NZRS Research Team (NZRS)

 

Categories

Safe and Sound DNS Award: project, team or person that improved the security or technical capability of the DNS or the registry

Above and Beyond Innovation Award: project, team or person that contributed to the further development of the domain name industry or focused on alternative usages of the DNS

Marketing Campaign Excellence Award: project, team, person or marketing campaign which promoted the purchase of a domain name, a registry product or that promoted the registry

Greater Online Good Award: project, team, person or initiative developed by a registry in the area of corporate social responsibility (CSR) such as environment compliance, digital inclusion, awareness and education, or promotion of the local (national) internet resources and community.

Contributor of the Year Award: person or registry who contributed most to the ccTLD community through knowledge sharing, creation or support through active participation in a CENTR Working Group, for instance.

***NEW*** Registrars’ Pick: Registry of the Year Award: registry that has developed or exceptionally improved on high quality service towards its registrars.

Eligibility

Any CENTR full and associate member can nominate a project, team or person, including one of their own, to any of the first five categories (Registry of the Year being the exception, as registrars will be voting). Members can also nominate projects and/or persons that were already nominated in 2015, except if that project or person won an award in 2015.

Criteria

The CENTR Awards Task force will shortlist the applications to submit to the jury (three per category), with the help of the working group chairs.

  • The project, team or person generally benefits or positively contributes to the to the DNS or the wider internet
  • The project, team or person’s objectives and success in meeting these goals are clear and relevant
  • The project, team or person fosters the exchange of best practices in the ccTLD community

Rules for nomination

  • Any CENTR full and associate member or one of its employees can nominate one or more internal projects or another member’s projects, team or person in each of the five first categories (excluding the sixth Registry of the Year Award)
  • Members can also nominate one of their own projects, team or person that were already nominated in 2015, except if that project or person won an award in 2015
  • There is no limit to the number of nominations one can make, but only three shortlisted nominations per category will be presented to the jury, except for the Contributor of the Year and Registry of the Year categories
  • The nominations to the ‘Contributor of the Year’ category will not be shortlisted: all nominations will be submitted to an open vote from members (full and associate) and to the jury
  • The Registry of the Year category will be submitted to a vote from registrars
  • Nominations will be shortlisted by the CENTR Awards Task Force, with the help of the working group Chairs
  • Only projects that have reached a stage for which proper evaluation is possible by 1 July 2017 are eligible
  • Nominations need to be accepted by the nominees and nominees might be required to provide more details on the nominated project or themselves
  • The shortlisted nominees will be expected to produce a short video (maximum 1 minute) on their project or themselves to be screened at the Awards Ceremony on 3 October 2017

Members of the Jury

  • Lise Fuhr, ETNO
  • Joke Braeken, ccNSO
  • David Goldstein, Goldstein Report
  • Leonid Todorov, APTLD
  • Kim Davies, IANA
  • Cristina Monti, European Commission
  • Steinar Grøtterød, Dot GLOBAL
  • Ashley La Bolle, EPAG
  • Barrack Otieno, AfTLD

Members of the 2017 CENTR Awards Task Force

  • Alexandrine Gauvin (CENTR)
  • Peter Van Roste (CENTR)
  • Linda Verhaegen (CENTR
  • Sascha Kämpf (.de)
  • Maarja Kirtsi (.ee)
  • Lars-Göran Forsberg (.se)
  • Marta Moreira Dias (.pt)
  • Sławomir Rakoczy (.pl)

Media coverage

Launch of the call for nominations for the 2017 CENTR Awards (DNS.PT)
CENTR Calls For Nominations For 2017 CENTR Awards (Goldstein Report)
CENTR Calls For Nominations For 2017 CENTR Awards (DomainPulse)
CENTR Awards to Include Best Registry as Chosen by Registrars (Internet News)
CENTR Awards to Include Best Domain Name Registry as Chosen by Registrars (CircleID)
Registrars invited to vote for the “Registry of the Year” in CENTR Awards (DomainPulse)
2017 CENTR Awards Finalists Announced (DomainPulse)
Explore the Internet and Govern it! is on the CENTR Award shortlist (Coordination Center for TLD RU/РФ)
Annebeth won ‘Contributor of the Year’ at the CENTR Awards 2017 (Norid)
DENIC Wins CENTR Award in Greater Online Good Category with IDN Source Code Donation (DENIC)
And the award goes to… (SIDN)
CENTR Award win for Nominet's UKDC team (Nominet)
EURid wins Registry of the Year at the 2017 CENTR Awards (EURid)
CENTR Awards Held in Brussels. EURid Wins Registry of the Year (Internet News)
EURid Wins Registry of the Year at 2017 CENTR Awards (DomainPulse)

 

2015 CENTR Awards

In 2015, CENTR held the second edition of its CENTR Awards, which aim at highlighting ccTLD registry projects, teams and people that are making a difference in our industry.

The goals of the CENTR Awards, which are open to all full and associate CENTR members, are to focus on the positive aspects of our industry, to show recognition for innovation, to encourage sharing of best practices, and to provide an opportunity to challenge and motivate employees and project leaders.

CENTR Awards 2015 - Winners

 

Security category: Christa Falkensammer (SWITCH), Boban Krsic (DENIC) and Christian Proschinger (NIC.AT) for their collaboration on auditing their respective ISO 27001 ISMS

R&D category: Zonemaster by Afnic and IIS

Marketing category: AustriaLoves.at - "Darlinks" of the nation, NIC.AT

CSR category: Community Investment Program, CIRA

Contributor of the Year category: Lise Fuhr, DIFO & DK Hostmaster and Mathieu Weill, Afnic

Congratulations to all participants!

Jury members

Carolina Aguerre, General Manager of LACTLD (Chair of the Jury)
Leonid Todorov, General Manager of APTLD
Barrack Otieno, Administrative Manager of AfTLD
Cristina Monti, International Relations Officer at the European Commission
Kurtis Erik Lindqvist, CEO of Netnod
Bertrand de La Chapelle, Director of the Internet & Juridisdiction Project
Wolfgang Kleinwächter, ICANN Board Member and Professor for International Communication Policy and Regulation at the University of Aarhus, Denmark
Kim Davies, Director of Technical Services, IANA

Categories

Security Award: project which improved the security of the DNS or the registry

Research and Development Award: project which contributes to the further development of the DNS or focuses on alternative usages of the DNS

Contributor of the Year Award: person or registry who contributed most to the ccTLD community through knowledge sharing, creation or support (this category will be submitted to an open vote to CENTR members and nominations for this category will not be shortlisted, meaning all nominations will be up for a vote by members and ranking by the jury)

Marketing Award: project or campaign which promoted the purchase of a domain name or that promoted the registry

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award: projects and initiatives developed by ccTLDs in the area of social responsibility such as environment compliance, digital inclusion, awareness and education, promotion of the local (national) internet resources and community

Eligibility

Any CENTR full and associate member can nominate a project or person, including one of their own, to any of the 5 categories. Members can also nominate projects and/or persons that were already nominated in 2013, except if that project or person won an award in 2013.

Shortlisted nominations

Here are the shortlisted nominations for the 2015 edition of the CENTR Awards:

Marketing category:

• AustriaLoves.at - "Darlinks" of the nation, NIC.AT (.at)
• Domain Pirates campaign, IIS (.se)
• “Without a name it remains a dream” campaign, Registro.it

Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) category:

• OPTIMISE Fund, IEDR (.ie)
• Browse in Catalan, Fundació PuntCAT (.cat)
• Community Investment Program, CIRA (.ca)

Research and Development (R&D) category:

• Zonemaster by Afnic and .IIS (.fr, .se)
• Knot DNS by CZ.NIC (.cz)
• turing by Nominet (.uk)

Security category:

• Rapid adoption of DNSSEC, Norid (.no)
• Collaboration on auditing the ISO27001 ISMS, Christa Falkensammer (SWITCH [.ch]), Boban Krsic (DENIC [.de]) and Christian Proschinger (NIC.AT [.at])
• Turris Project, CZ.NIC (.cz)

Contributor of the Year category:

• Lise Fuhr (DK Hostmaster, .dk) and Mathieu Weill (Afnic, .fr) (combined nomination)
• CZ.NIC (Registry as a whole)
• Marcos Sanz (DENIC, .de)
• Kristof Tuyteleers (DNS Belgium, .be)

2015 CENTR Awards ceremony

The CENTR Awards ceremony took place on 7 October 2015 at the Palais des Académies in Brussels, Belgium.

Announcement of the winners
Photos of the ceremony
Video of the ceremony
Video of the shortlisted nominees

Media coverage:

2013 CENTR Awards 

The Winners of the first edition of the CENTR Awards were announced on a special ceremony at the Atomium in Brussels during the Gala dinner for the 50th CENTR General Assembly.

CENTR members could nominate projects under the 4 categories - Security, R&D, Marketing and Communications, and Contributor of the Year. A Jury selected a winner amongst the shortlisted projects.

On the picture: Danny Aerts (.SE), Anne-Marie Eklund Löwinder (.SE), Mathieu Weil (AFNIC), Lesley Cowley OBE (Nominet UK), Giovanni Seppia (EURid)

The members of the Jury awarded the following projects:

CENTR Award 2013 Security - .SE and Nominet UK for the development of OpenDNSSEC

CENTR Award 2013 R&D - AFNIC for the WINGS project

CENTR Award 2013 Marketing and Communications - EURid for the Co-funded Marketing Program for .eu

CENTR Award 2013 Contributor of the Year - Anne-Marie Eklund Löwinder (.SE)

CENTR wants to thank the Members of the Jury of the CENTR Awards 2013: Carolina Aguerre (LACTLD), Kim Davies (IANA), Bertrand De la Chapelle (Internet & Jurisdiction Project), Sam Dickinson (Lingua Synaptica), Achilleas Kemos (European Commission, DG Connect), Marcus Kummer (ISOC).

CENTR Awards 2013 - Shortlisted Nominations per Category

CENTR Award 2013 Security:

.SE and Nominet UK for the development of OpenDNSSEC (winning project) video

Nominations:

Annebeth Lange, Norid for their pamphlet "Domain conflicts and the legal system" video
Bert ten Brinke, SIDN for co-founding and chairing the CENTR Security working group video
.SE's Information Securtiy Management and Quality Management for their process-governed and standardized quality and security initiatives video
EURid for their yearly disaster exercice video

CENTR Award 2013 R&D:

AFNIC for the WINGS project, Widening Interoperability for Networking Global Supply Chains (winning project) video

Nominations:

CZ.NIC for the development of Knot DNS, a high-performance authoritative DNS server video
SIDN Labs for developing an EPP extension for relaying DNSSEC key material from one DNS operator to another video
EURid for Yadifa, a lightweight authoritative Name Server with DNSSEC capabilities video
Registro.IT for their ccTLD-neutral methodology for the ranking of internet domains video

CENTR Award 2013 Marketing and Communications:

EURid for the Co-funded Marketing Program for the .eu (winning project) video

Nominations:

SIDN for their DNSSEC incentive program video
JPRS for their TV spot promotion program “May cause drowsiness”
.SE website and blog for spreading knowledge and news as well as stimulating dialogue about Internet-related issues video
CIRA for the 2012-2013 Canadian Internet Forum video

CENTR Award 2013 Contributor of the Year:

Anne-Marie Eklund Löwinder (.SE) for pioneering contributions to DNSSEC (winner) video

Nominations:

Mohsen Souissi (AFNIC) for leading the R&D department and co-chairing the CENTR R&D Working Group video
Lesley Cowley OBE (Nominet UK) for her work as chair of the ccNSO
Associação DNS.PT for keeping.PT independent
Stephan Welzel (DENIC) for contributions to legal discussions, knowledge and chairing the CENTR Legal workshop

Congratulations to all winners and Nominees!

Full List of Nominations - SIDN for their DNSSEC incentive progam / JPRS for their TV spot promotion program “May cause drowsiness” / .RU for their TLDStat statistics service / AFNIC’s Communication Department for their French Night project / Mohsen Souissi (AFNIC) for leading the R&D department and co-chairing the CENTR R&D working group / Lesley Cowley OBE (Nominet) for her work as chair of the ccNSO / Annebeth Lange (NORID) for her pamphlet “Domain conflicts and the legal system” / Luca Deri (Registro.IT) for his work as a researcher / Nathalie Boulvard and Stéphane Bortzmeyer (AFNIC) for their project “DNS Traffic Data and Data Protection” / AFNIC for their WINGS project, Widening Interoperability for Networking Global Supply Chains / AFNIC, Fundació puntCAT and ARNES for 2 editions of the Dot Award / .co.uk Brand Team (Nominet) for their .co.uk Brand Consumer Awareness campaign / Associação DNS.PT for keeping .PT independent / EURid for being the first European TLD registry to be registered by the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) / EURid for the EURid Co-funded Marketing Program for the .eu / Stephan Welzel (DENIC eG) for chairing the CENTR Legal and Regulatory working group / Bert ten Brinke (SIDN) for co-founding and chairing the CENTR Security working group / .SE and Nominet for developing OpenDNSSEC / CZ.NIC for developing Knot DNS, a high-performance authoritative DNS server / DNS.Belgium's Marketing and Communications Department for their IDN campaign / CNNIC for initiating the first Asia-Pacific Internet Resource Capacity Building Program / Anne-Marie Eklund Löwinder for being a pioneer engineer for DNSSEC / .SE's Information Security Management and Quality Management for their process-governed and standardized quality and security initiatives / .SE for Webbstjärnan (The Webstar competition) / .SE website and blog for spreading knowledge and news as well as stimulating dialogue about Internet-related issues and subjects / CIRA for the CIRA Factbook 2013 / Mathieu Weill for his commitment and role as a driving force behind CENTR and the CENTR Awards / .ME's Marketing Department for the campaign ".ME is about YOU" / SIDN Labs for Developing an EPP extension for relaying DNSSEC key material from one DNS operator to another /RNIDS for their launch of the IDN ccTLD .СРБ / Associação DNS.PT for their journey through time, an overview of the first .pt websites / EURid for Yadifa, a lightweight authoritative Name Server with DNSSEC capabilities / EURid for their yearly disaster exercise / DNS.Belgium for their Whois certificate / Monika Pink-Rank (nic.at) for the campaign "Domains machen mehr daraus" (Domains Take Things Further) / SIDN for contributions and adoption of DNSSEC / CZ.NIC for their registrar certification program / CIRA for the 2012-2013 Canadian Internet Forum