Applauded by 250 Schibsted managers meeting in Barcelona, the Norwegian media house Aftenposten received the Schibsted innovation Award 2014 for new business innovation.
– The development team in Schibsted Tech Polska has an important role in helping us win the prize, says Anette Mellbye, head of Aftenposten Mobile.
The night before – in Amsterdam – VG won the prize for “Best Outstanding New product” in World Digital Media Awards for its food site Godt.no.
– This is as much an award to Schibsted Tech Polska as to VG, says Hanne Ajer, technical project manager in VG.
Most development done in STP
Godt.no is VG´s website for food and recipes.
Almost all technical development has been done by its team in Krakow, led by Andrzej Maciurzyński, who also received the prize on behalf of VG in Amsterdam.
The World Digital Media Award is organized by WAN-IFRA, the main global organization for newspapers.
– We have really worked together as a team, and the developers in Schibsted Tech Polska have challenged us with proposals for how to make the product better. Their contributions have had significant positive impact on the final product, says Hanne Ajer in VG.
VG also won the prize for “Best Reader Engagement” for its coverage of World Chess Championship 2013.
Innovative news product
Within Schibsted Media Group the annual Innovation Award is prestigious and companies in the group put a lot of effort into nominating their best projects
This year Aftenposten was among the finalists in both the category for “Core business innovation ” and “New business innovation”. In both projects Schibsted Tech Polska played a crucial role in the development phase.
The winning project – Aftenposten + – is Aftenposten´s user paid news product, with new apps for both tablet and mobile phones.
– Schibsted Tech Polska has been a very important contributor in the project, says Anette Mellbye in Aftenposten Mobile
– It is very fun to work with so great people, she adds.
Fast mobile site
The same team in Schibsted Tech Polska, led by Mateusz Kwasniewski, has also developed the Fastenposten project, a much faster mobile front page. Also Fastenposten was nominated for the award.
– We see that our colleagues in Poland are extremely knowledgable about the latest technologies and very dedicated to our products, says Mellbye.
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