Monthly Archives: June 2009

busuu.com nominated for the European TechCrunch Awards – please vote for us!

It´s a pleasure to announce that busuu.com has been nominated twice for Europe´s most important Start-Up competition – the European Tech Crunch Awards!

We have been nominated in two different categories:

Now we need your support – so please give us your vote one time and another time! :-) Voting ends this Wednesday 1st of July so please hurry up!

Thanks in advance and we will keep you updated on this blog! Keep your fingers crossed!

UPDATE: We finally didn´t make it to the top but we had the chance to present our company on stage. Many thanks anyway to everybody who voted for us! :-)

Congrats to the great music streaming site Spotify for winning the Europas Grand Prix! You guys really deserve it and the busuu.com office is always swinging with your great tool! Well done!

busuu.com wins a Silver Lion in Cannes!

La Despensa and busuu.com win Silver Lion in Cannes for Silbo Gomero videobusuu.com wins a Silver Lion in the International Advertising Festival in Cannes for our Silbo Gomero campaign.

In October 2008 we contracted the Madrid agency La Despensa in order to launch a campaign to improve the awareness of our website.

The outcome was the amazing campaign to “Rescue the Silbo Gomero” for which we won now the most important price in the advertising industry.

We loved the idea from the beginning: If you can learn languages on busuu.com – why not also learn a nearly extinct whistled language from the Canary Islands – el Silbo Gomero? It´s not only an entertaining campaign but it draws the attention to an important cause which we from busuu.com fully support: to prevent smaller languages from their extinction! So we decided to create a fascinating video explaining the history of this amazing language and launched a special section within our website where you can find lessons of “el Silbo” (if you log in, you can see the full content and start practicing).

The outcome was impressive – we received huge media coverage in Spain (contacting all important media by sending them a bird cage with a plastic singing bird inside… they loved it! ;-) and “el Silbo Gomero” was in the news again. The media even supported the application of this charming language to be recognized as UNESCO world heritage.

Please find the awarded video below:

We are very proud to receive this prestigious recognition! We not only  increased the awareness of our language learning community but also raised the public interest for a wonderful language which definitely needs to be preserved!

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