Voatz Recognized as Webby Award Honoree

Our important mission is being officially recognized: Voatz was proud to be a Webby Award Honoree, under the “Apps and Software: Public Service & Activism” category. The Webby Awards, a worldwide award in its 25th year, features “apps, mobile sites and progressive web apps that educate and empower citizens, and/or encourage civic engagement within one’s community or society at large.”

This is an incredible honor. Voatz’s goal has been from the beginning to make voting more accessible, leveraging the incredible security and privacy advancements of mobile phones and the immutability of blockchain architecture. With the incredible foresight of forward-looking election officials, we’ve been able to pioneer options that empower voters that are effectively disenfranchised by our current hard-to-access options – including our overseas military and other citizens, as well as our disabled community. When voting is easier, we strengthen our democracy – we still have a lot of work to do to expand options to those that need it the most.

In 2020, Voatz became the first mobile voting app to be used in a U.S. presidential election. That followed Voatz’s other pioneering feats, as the first mobile voting app for use in U.S. mid-term elections (2018) and for use in U.S. municipal elections (2019).

Innovation with inclusion and representation

We all succeed when there’s a level playing field for entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds. Voatz is proud to join a group of 113 minority-led startups and business organizations to urge the United States Patent and Trademark Office and National Council for Expanding American Innovation to build a better innovation ecosystem that is inclusive and supports all Americans equally. 

The ability for immigrants to innovate and lead in this country are integral to the fabric of American excellence. This moment is a real opportunity to build a brighter future for innovation, one that welcomes more communities and underrepresented groups. Voatz is intimately aware of the challenges underserved populations face through our advocacy for voter access. For these groups, the structural reality is that they face more barriers, opportunities remain out of reach, and we must recognize that their obstacles deny them a seat at the table. 

When underserved communities are prevented from thriving and building solutions, it’s the nation’s loss. Society’s most urgent problems remain unrecognized and unresolved. The lived experience that many of our peers bring to our organizations is invaluable. Voatz was born because its founders, as children, saw voter coercion first-hand, and intimately know the barriers voters face in casting their ballots. Experiences like these fuel our desire to build a better world that is representative of marginalized communities.      

The time to build towards a more equitable world is now. We applaud USPTO and NCEAI for their initiative and look forward to working with you. 

To read the letter calling on the government to advance diversity in innovation at this link.