For 2020, The SaaS Awards has nine new categories, including a category for ‘Communication, Collaboration or Conferencing.’ In light of recent global events, the Software as a Service Awards program will donate all proceeds from this new home-working category to the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

The ‘Best SaaS Product for Communication, Collaboration or Conferencing’ joins 34 other categories recognizing innovation in software-as-a-service, or SaaS.

Head of Operations for the Cloud Awards, James Williams, said: “With the global rise of COVID-19, it’s important that organizations worldwide consider the technology to let staff work from home.

“We believe home working can increase efficiency, is good for the environment – and is now an essential weapon in the fight to contain the virus.

“We’re specifically looking for joint entries from organizations and their software providers which can raise awareness of the power of home-working software. Home working can maintain productivity while helping shield anyone with a ‘desk job’ from the risk this global pandemic represents.

“Moreover, home working can help reduce the person-to-person contact often dictated by office work and commuting, which continues to spread the virus and threaten the most vulnerable.

“While the deadline for the awards program is 22 May, we will pass on any of the entry fees for this category to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund as soon as they come in.”

In order for submissions fees to be eligible, organizations must process the ($395) fee for the ‘Communication, Collaboration & Conferencing’ category separately, if they have also entered one or more other categories. Organizations wishing to enter this category alongside one or more others must process two fees, as the proceeds from this new category have been ringfenced to support the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Where organizations enter multiple categories, including the ‘Communication, Collaboration & Conferencing’ category, and pay the multiple category fee ($595) but do not process a separate fee of $395, we will be unable to pass on the funds, so entrants should ensure they process the fee for this category separately. For full details, please see the terms and conditions here.

All entry fees to this new category will be passed on as a donation for the WHO’s Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan. For more information, or to donate directly, please visit:

The 2020 Software as a Service Awards program will accept entries until the submission deadline of Friday 22 May.

Release originally published here.