NEW YORK — For the second consecutive year, media personality and technology maven Shefik (https://shefik.info) returns as a judge for the 2019 Vega Digital Awards (https://vegaawards.com), where he will serve alongside a panel of esteemed judges on the Grand Jury Panel. Last year's winners include Motherboard/VICE Media, Vox Media, McCann Stockholm, Front Runner Films, IMC Toys, and Gorilla Media. The complete list of last year's winners can be viewed at https://vegaawards.com/winner.php.
The awards jury panel is exceptional in the depth of expertise it draws on from its extensive judging community, composed of highly respected and experienced professionals who have distinguished themselves in their field. Judges are handpicked from a diverse range of marketing and advertising companies, as well as disciplines from around the world, bringing industry knowledge and category-specific skill sets to evaluate every entry.
True talent rises, reaching ever higher in a quest to be seen, heard, and enjoyed. Like the stars for which these awards are named, talent inspires all to achieve at a higher level. Energy and creative spirit drive changes in digital communications at the speed of light — changes that influence perception and inspire community. The awards honor the shining stars whose work supercharges the industry, opening up a vast, new universe of possibilities for the world to explore.
Shefik continues to be very active in the community. 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 moved 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", held in Washington, D.C., and he was named Master of Ceremonies for various charitable events to benefit Autism New Jersey, and Eastern Shore Self-Advocacy Project (Chestertown, Maryland), as well as industry leading events Maarkah New York Fashion Week SS18 (New York City), and Lehigh Valley Fashion Week (Pennsylvania).
Additionally, Shefik appeared as a guest speaker at various uplifting events, such as a holiday fundraiser for YWCA Yonkers (Yonkers, New York), the 7th Annual Broadway Sings for Pride, and Global Tech Meets Fashion Affair Fundraiser, both held in New York City.
"I am absolutely thrilled to once again serve as a judge for the 2019 Vega Digital Awards," says Shefik.
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, BET, 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 22 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 14, 2022