Top 10 ‘.hk’ Website Competition by HKIRC encourages local SMEs to leverage on ‘.hk’ for business success and showcase best practices

Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC) today announced the first Top 10 ‘.hk’ Website Competition in Hong Kong, which is open for application from today through November 26, 2009. This competition aims to encourage local businesses to leverage on ‘.hk’ domain name websites for business operation and showcase their best ‘.hk’ practices. This will help reinforce Hong Kong’s role as an international commercial centre and a regional Internet hub.

Many Hong Kong businesses are yet to leverage on the Internet platform to improve their operations or to recognise the importance and benefits of e-business, despite the high rate of Internet penetration in the SAR. According to the results of a survey conducted by the Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) of the Hong Kong government from May to September 2008, less than 20% of Hong Kong businesses have established their own websites .
br> However, a recent survey by HKIRC showed that most Hong Kong people expect Hong Kong organisations or Hong Kong related activities to have a ‘.hk’ website. In the survey, 86% of the 548 respondents felt that ‘.hk’ can help local entities stand out with the Hong Kong identity, and 68% of them expect websites covering Hong Kong related activities to have a ‘.hk’ domain.

“The Internet era has brought unprecedented opportunities to local enterprises, and local organisations or organisations with activities in Hong Kong are, according to our survey, expected to have a ‘.hk’ website. We aim to encourage Hong Kong companies, especially SMEs, to leverage on the Internet as a platform to enhance their businesses with the first Top 10 '.hk' Website Competition in Hong Kong. A website with a ‘.hk’ domain name and the unique Hong Kong identification that it represents can be a critical success factor for Hong Kong businesses to maintain their competitiveness and to sustain and grow their businesses in an increasingly globalised business environment. The adoption of the ‘.hk’ domain and an online platform can further help to highlight Hong Kong’s role as an international Internet hub and a global e-commerce centre,” said Mr. Jonathan Shea, CEO of HKIRC.

About the competition

With the mission of fostering e-commerce and Internet development in Hong Kong to serve the best interest of the community, HKIRC has organised the Top 10 ‘.hk’ Website Competition to provide an effective platform to showcase the benefits and opportunities brought by ‘.hk’ and the Internet to businesses and organisations.

HKIRC invites businesses and organisations with no more than 100 employees to take part in this competition. Judges will rank the entrants based on criteria such as the website’s innovative use of ‘.hk’, business or organisational transformation brought about by the website and the website’s significance to the market or to the community. The Golden Prize winner will be awarded HK$40,000, in addition to a certificate, trophy and logo exposure on promotional materials.

The application period for the competition runs from today through November 26, 2009. Results will be announced on December 21, 2009 and the awards presentation ceremony will be held at the beginning of 2010.

Interested parties can simply submit an online entry form. For more information, please refer to the attached Appendix or visit http://www.hkirc.hk/top10awards.

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About HKIRC

Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited (HKIRC) is a not-for-profit, non-statutory, company limited by guarantee designated by the Government of the HKSAR to undertake the administration of Internet domain names under the '.hk' country code top level domain. HKIRC provides registration services for the English domain names ending with ‘.com.hk’, ‘.org.hk’, ‘.net.hk’, ‘.edu.hk’, ‘.gov.hk’, ‘.idv.hk’, ‘.hk’ and Chinese domain names ending with ‘.公司.hk’, ‘.組織.hk’, ‘.網絡.hk’, ‘.教育.hk’, ‘.政府.hk’, ‘.個人.hk’, ‘.hk’, and other domains to be introduced from time to time in Hong Kong.
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HKIRC
Angela Kwok
Tel : 2319 3828
Fax : 2319 2626
Email : angela.kwok@hkdnr.hk

iPR communications
Annie Ho
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Fax : 2131 8955
Email : annieho@iprcomm.com.hk

Source: The Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) of the Hong Kong government
http://www.censtatd.gov.hk/press_release/press_releases_on_statistics/index.jsp?displayMode=D&sID=2250&sSUBID=12747