NV has beaten off global competition to claim the prestigious Innovative Technology for Good Citizenship Partner of the Year Award for 2014 in the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Awards.
We won the award for our work in creating Boosted, the only tailor-made philanthropic crowd-funding platform for arts projects in the world.
NV’s submission resonated with the judges as they considered more than 3,200 nominations received from 112 different countries for 46 available global categories the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Awards. Each nomination was judged blindly three times from a panel of over 600 Microsoft subject matter experts before NV's work was selected as amongst the very best in the world.
Developed for The Arts Foundation, Boosted successfully raised $325,000 for New Zealand arts projects in its first year of operation. This almost doubled The Arts Foundation’s annual budget to support arts projects in New Zealand.
“The Arts Foundation had a vision to engage and enable a new generation of arts donors in New Zealand. Together we developed Boosted to support the funding of arts projects in New Zealand,” said NV Interactive Managing Director, Matt Pickering.
“In partnership with The Arts Foundation, we have been able to develop a dynamic and lively ecosystem of artists and arts lovers who come together to create profound creative experiences.
“This is a tremendous reward in itself and it is also gratifying to have our expertise and the result of it recognised on the global stage for innovative use of Microsoft technologies,” he said.
Boosted has the highest success rate amongst the popular crowd funding sites, with 60% of projects successfully reaching their funding goals. In its first year, Boosted has supported 54 successful projects to get funding from more than 2,500 donations.
The award will be presented in Washington DC in July at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in front of over 16,000 delegates from 150 countries.
NV are a previous double worldwide winner of Microsoft Partner Awards having secured awards in 2012 for both Web Development and Humanitarian Response.
These awards were for work on the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce “Recover Canterbury” initiative and the Christchurch City Council’s “Share an Idea” campaign – both successful responses to the Christchurch earthquakes.
To secure a global win again in 2014 is true validation of our design led approach.