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2012 Blue Drop Awards Winners Announced

Wed, 2012-04-11 17:53 -- dougvann
It started as a good idea,
Then it picked up momentum.
Companies and individuals donated time and money. Nominations came in followed by the votes.
And there it was;
THE SUCCESS OF THE INAUGURAL BLUE DROP AWARDS!
 
We didn't know what to expect. Would any one nominate sites? Would anyone vote? Will the DA support it? Will the community support it? Will anybody really care?
 
We are pleased to tell you that the answer to all these questions is YES! We are extremely excited at the response from the community and the feedback as well. Did we find some instant room for improvement? Oh! Yes! Will it rock even MORE next year? YOU HAVE NO IDEA!
 
THANK YOU to all who nominated and voted and donated and volunteered. Be on the watch for 2013!
 
What follows below is the official press release AND all the results. This can be found on the website here : http://bluedropawards.org/news-item/2012-blue-drop-awards-winners-announced
 
 

Drupal Excellence Celebrated Through Community Event

 
AUSTIN, TEXAS, April 10, 2012 – The votes have been tallied for the first annual Blue Drop Awards
and the team of volunteers is proud to announce 2012 winners across nine categories. With over 200
website nominations, the community has voted and selected innovative, progressive and dynamic sites.
 
Technologies, LLC of Columbia, MD.
 
Eyemaginations, Inc. is an industry leader in creating interactive media solutions that explain complex
medical subject matters to patients. Unleashed Technologies, a full-service Drupal web development
firm, created a website with enterprise CMS capabilities, easily accessible in-depth information and a
robust selection of media that displays Eyemaginations’ products and capabilities.
 
“Congratulations to our 2012 Drupal Website of the Year Winners, Eyemaginations.com and Unleashed
Technologies, and all the category winners. We salute your innovation!” said Ben Finklea, CEO, Volacci
and Blue Drop Awards organizer. “The Blue Drop Awards were created as a community-driven,
grassroots initiative that recognizes the stellar development work in Drupal. This inaugural event has
been a great success and we are excited to see the community excel.”
 
“Unleashed Technologies is tremendously honored to be recognized for the 2012 Drupal Website of
the Year in the inaugural Blue Drop Awards,” said Michael Spinosa, CEO, Unleashed Technologies. “The
Awards are a great way to recognize the excellent work being done in the Drupal community, of which
we are proud to be a member.”
 
Websites were voted as Blue Drop Award-winners across nine categories. The 2012 results are as
follows:
 
In the category for Best Enterprise Website Built with Drupal:
• First Place: Energy.gov, developed by Phase2 Technology, New York, NY
• Second Place: Subaru.com.au, developed by Sitback, Sydney, Australia
• Third Place: Grandhotel.se, developed by Happiness, Stockholm, Sweden
 
In the category for Best Business Website Built with Drupal:
• First Place: Shunra.com, developed by Unleashed Technologies, Columbia, MD
• Second Place (TIE): Ferca.pt, developed by Javali, Open Source Systems, Caparica, Portugal
• Second Place (TIE): Ternbicycles.com/us/, developed by Zivtech, Philadelphia, PA
 
In the category for Best Marketplace Website Built with Drupal:
• First Place: Safaribooksonline.com, developed by Lullabot, Providence, RI
• Second Place: Gifts.rescue.org, developed by Jackson River, Washington, DC
• Third Place: Themakingspot.com, developed by Deeson Online, Canterbury, U.K.
 
In the category for Best Social Website Built with Drupal:
• First Place: Allplayers.com, Irving, TX
• Second Place: Refurborrebuild.co.uk, developed by Livelink New Media, Manchester, U.K.
• Third Place: 10000solutions.org, developed by KWALL, Scottsdale, AZ
 
In the category for Best Non-Profit/Education Website Built with Drupal:
• First Place: Forging.org, developed by Unleashed Technologies, Columbia, MD
• Second Place: k12videos.mit.edu, developed by Lullabot, Providence, RI
• Third Place: Worldcampus.psu.edu, developed by Phase2 Technology, New York, NY
 
In the category for Best Media Website Built with Drupal:
• First Place: Grammy.com, developed by Lullabot, Providence, RI
• Second Place: Zagat.com, developed by Phase2 Technology, New York, NY
• Third Place: Timeforkids.com/homework-helper, developed by Zivtech, Philadelphia, PA
 
In the category for Best Personal Website Built with Drupal:
• First Place: Thetrek.co.za, developed by Amazee Labs, Zurich, Switzerland
• Second Place: AmandaRodriguez.com, Brooklyn, New York
• Third Place: Mcuk.si, developed by ETELJE, Ljubljana, Slovenia
 
In the category for Best Interesting Website Built with Drupal:
• First Place (TIE): Responsivedesign.ca, developed by Foster Interactive Inc., Toronto, Ontario,
Canada
• First Place (TIE): Inhonorofthepeople.com, developed by Gorton Studios, Eagan, MN
• Third Place: Fotobout.com, developed by Amazee Labs, Zurich, Switzerland
 
Representing more than 630,000 contributors and developers, Drupal is the largest, most active open-
source technology community in the world. The Blue Drop Awards were created to promote Drupal
to the greater technology community and to recognize innovative, next-generation websites and the
companies that built them. With thousands of sites leveraging Drupal, the new awards program was
designed to be the first democratic, voter-driven recognition program for Drupal members.
 
“The Drupal community is always innovating and pushing the envelope of web development. With
the Blue Drop Awards we were able to celebrate some of that innovation,” said Ron Huber, president,
Achieve Internet. “The Blue Drop Awards also allow the Drupal community to showcase the best-of-
Drupal to the rest of the world.”
 
The inaugural Blue Drop Awards were sponsored by veteran Drupal community members, including
 
To see the winning projects and check out the other nominated websites please visit
 
For more information on how to volunteer or participate as a sponsor next year, please contact Ben
Finklea, CEO, Volacci at (512) 632-4222 or Ben@Volacci.com