BIRN prepares for competition

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BIRN has decided to turn a new page in its development by getting involved in activities related to the competition of the best regional web projects,, starting from Wednesday, when a conference featuring world-renowned speakers will take place in Budva, Montenegro.

The Web Fest conference is organised by successful web companies for all those who live with, and work on, the web. At the same time, it is the largest regional event popularising the use of the internet and awarding successful web projects. This year, Web Fest is all about “ENERGIZING-IT-UP” and discovering who is behind the Internet.

The first Web Fest was held in 2007, when a group of internet enthusiasts and technology lovers highlighted the efforts of the daring souls whose successful projects were being launched on the Web. The festival has grown constantly over the years, drawing the attention and participation of authors, artists, businessmen, academics, scientists and even actors. One of its main points of interest is the submission of new and innovative internet projects for award consideration.

The awards are set to be broadcast live at the event’s closing. Submission categories are still being structured but are likely to include awards for projects such as information delivery, business use and e-commerce, personal and creative use and blogging.

WebFest is also an online competition, with the public able to vote for their favourite websites. BIRN is proud to announce that this year its premium website,, will participate in the competition. “Being the Balkans best English language informative website and truly unique in the region sometimes is not enough. It’s a much greater thing if someone else says it instead of me, right? Therefore, we will take the opportunity to invite all of our readers, all those who love Balkan Insight and share it all across social media platforms, to vote for us. It takes just one click to vote and it’s important that we spread the news about the voting option to all our fans, followers and premium subscribers in a timely manner. Voting will start on October 15th,” said BIRN online projects director Miloš Milosavljević.

Balkan Insight is an award-winning Internet edition of the regional Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (, which has newsrooms present in nine countries of Southeast Europe. With a reputation as one of the most respected sources of analysis and investigative reporting, is a unique hotspot for those whose focus is on the Balkans – Europe’s most dynamic region.

Balkan Insight is a portal in a niche market and in English, with an international audience. In 2008 it was among the first in the region to introduce 2CheckOut for Premium Subscription (subscription to premium content).