Immi wins two Webby awards for a Maxxor-developed website
One of Maxxor’s American-based clients, Pro Bono Net, together with the Immigration Advocates Network, has won a Webby Award as well as the Webby People’s Voice Award for their new interactive platform (www.immi.org).
Immi was created by the Immigration Advocates Network and Pro Bono Net, two non-profit organizations dedicated to increasing access to justice for low-income immigrants in the United States. They help immigrants understand their legal options and their website provides the necessary information and legal advice, all free of charge. Immi’s impact has been overwhelming and has been featured in The Nation, Mashable, NBC Latino, Univision News, Fast Company, and it has appeared on WNYC.
This year their website (www.immi.org) won the 2017 Webby Award in the law category and they were also awarded the 2017 Webby People’s Choice Award. Webby Awards are selected by judges on behalf of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, whereas Webby People’s Voice Awards are selected through an online public voting process. To win a Webby Award is no mean feat, winners are selected by a panel of judges out of 13,000 global entries that come from as many as 70 different countries and territories.
We, at Maxxor, are absolutely delighted with the recognition these organizations have received in this category as well as with their continued success in providing dedicated free legal advice to those who need it most. We are also thrilled that the website we helped to build has received this accolade. When Pro Bono Net and the Immigration Advocates Network approached us, we were only too happy to apply our tech knowledge to create the interactive website they were after. They required a professional online platform from where they could provide in-depth information on the often complex immigration process. Through close collaboration between Pro Bono Net, Immigration Advocates Network and Maxxor, this was achieved, and we think the end result speaks for itself.
Matthew Burnett, director of the Immigration Advocates Network, responded to the win, “This is a win for immigrants, and a win for the organizations and advocates that fight to protect and promote the rights of immigrants every day.” To date the organization has helped over 60,000 users screen for immigration relief and find trusted non-profit legal advice in their areas. They have also provided training to hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals including organizers, consulates, healthcare providers, librarians, and social workers to better assist with immigration matters.
Maxxor’s operations manager, Sonja Lietch, is equally ecstatic about the win. She said Maxxor’s involvement with the project, a first of its kind, was ultimately worth it and added, “This has been a long journey and we felt as though we were part of a solution to a problem faced by so many vulnerable people, and as such we took personal stake in this project. The Maxxor team couldn’t be more proud.” Burnett added “We are pleased to partner with Maxxor on Immi, and particularly to support their great work as a broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) software development company.”