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ICANN Community Excellence Award: Nomination Closes 27 March 2020

LOS ANGELES – 16 March 2020 – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) reminds community members that the nomination period for ICANN's Community Excellence Award is open until 27 March 2020 23:59 Universal Coordinated Time (UTC).

The ICANN Community Excellence Award recognizes community members who have significantly invested in consensus-based solutions and have contributed substantively to the ICANN multistakeholder model. The ideal recipient(s) will have:

  • Participated in the ICANN community for a minimum of five years.
  • Served in multiple ICANN working groups or committees.
  • Collaborated significantly with more than one Supporting Organization (SO) and/or Advisory Committee (AC).

Candidates will be evaluated by a panel of community members appointed by the SO/AC chairs using a merit-based point system evaluated against three criteria:

  1. Demonstrates an ability to work across community lines with both familiar and unfamiliar ICANN stakeholders with the aim of building consensus.
  2. Facilitates dialogue and open discussion in a fair and collegial manner through the spirit of collaboration, showing empathy and demonstrating a sincere desire to engage with people from other backgrounds, cultures, and interests.
  3. Demonstrates additional support for ICANN multistakeholder model and its overall effectiveness through volunteer service via working groups or committees.

Please submit nominations via this nomination form and include detailed information outlining why the nominee meets the award criteria. Any additional information in support of nominations and/or questions about the award process may be submitted to exellenceaward2020@icann.org.

Award recipient(s) will be announced in June 2020 at ICANN68 in Kuala Lumpur. 

For more information on the award program, please refer to the ICANN Community Wiki.

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ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.


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