NEW YORK — Media personality and technology maven Shefik (https://shefik.info) has been named an official judge for the 16th Annual Horizon Interactive Awards (https://www.horizoninteractiveawards.com), where he will serve alongside a panel of esteemed judges. Winners are chosen through a combination of judging criteria, consisting of UX/Design, Creativity Technical, Message, and Effectiveness.
The competition recognizes, promotes, and awards the best websites, videos, online advertising, print media, and mobile applications. Each year, Horizon Interactive Awards receives thousands of entries from all over the world, and a volunteer panel of industry professionals, from diverse multimedia, graphic design, advertising, and marketing backgrounds, review the entries to determine the work that is to be recognized.
Past winners include projects developed for HBO, American Red Cross, Walmart, Revlon, and Buffalo Wild Wings.
Shefik currently also serves as an official member of the Forbes Technology Council, a community for senior technology executives, such as CIOs and CTOs. Most recently, Shefik was a judge for the 10th Annual Shorty Awards.
A 2012 Forbes magazine article about the Shorty Awards commented, "The Shortys recognize that social media is about more than who can get the most followers...we are creating millions of pieces of new writing that will define our generation... These writings...are creating our history of record."
Throughout 2017, Shefik was very active in the community, as he endeavored to define and echo voices across multiple generations. He served as a judge for a local Miss America competition, aiding in the 2018 crowning of Miss Northern Highlands, Miss Northern Lakes, and Miss North Jersey. The winners will move on to compete for the state title of Miss New Jersey 2018.
Shefik also served as moderator at a panel discussion on "Equity & Diversity: Community Dialogue" (Washington, D.C.), and he was named Master of Ceremonies for various charitable events to benefit Autism New Jersey (Lakewood, NJ), and Eastern Shore Self-Advocacy Project (Chestertown, MD), as well as a key participant in industry leading events: Maarkah New York Fashion Week SS18 (New York, NY), Lehigh Valley Fashion Week (Bethlehem, PA), and the pageants for Miss Fashion Week Lehigh Valley and Miss Fashion Week Philadelphia (Allentown, PA).
Additionally, Shefik appeared as a guest speaker at various uplifting events, such as a holiday fundraiser for YWCA Yonkers (Yonkers, NY), the 7th Annual Broadway Sings for Pride (New York, NY), and Global Tech Meets Fashion Affair Fundraiser (Brooklyn, NY).
"As an active participant in developing and producing media and web-based content, I am privileged to be able to apply my skill set to honor the work my peers," says Shefik. "I am also humbled to be selected as a judge for the 16th Annual Horizon Interactive Awards."
Currently celebrating over 20 years in the entertainment and technology industries, Shefik (https://shefik.info) is an accomplished industry insider, who has appeared on MTV, SiriusXM, PBS, network television, and in print media, as well as internationally on TRT World (Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, based in Istanbul, Turkey). He has held senior-level positions at many Fortune 500 companies and celebrated brands, including IBM, NBCUniversal, MTV World, Merck, Merriam-Webster, and Wolters Kluwer. A seasoned pro in social media with a career background as a Lead Architect and Senior Web Developer, Shefik is on the cutting edge of new media. As a videographer and producer, his work has been featured in television broadcasts and video productions for TIME magazine, The Washington Center, "Unsung" (TV One), and Broadway World. Additionally, his photography has been featured in print and online publications, such as Daily Mail (based in United Kingdom), Harvard Kennedy School Magazine, Playbill, and China Press. He is currently the Executive Producer and Host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Shefik presents Invocation" (https://invocation.co), which is broadcast on 21 terrestrial radio stations and frequencies throughout the United States, as well as the internationally syndicated video series of the same name, via Amazon and other notable outlets.
Last Updated: October 16, 2022