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Overview

Award Force is an awards management software offering users tools for entry management, payment gateway integration, judging...

OpenWater is a Washington, D.C. based Inc. 5000 company that works with associations through our Application and Review Cloud...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

Video & Screenshots

Pricing

Starting from

2000

Per year

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

5900

Per year

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.8

179

5

4

3

2

1

145

32

2

0

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
100%
would recommend this app

4.6

60

5

4

3

2

1

38

20

1

0

1

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
96%
would recommend this app

Pros

Emphasize how it safeguards sensitive information and ensures the integrity of the awards process. Which is in fact very high in quality and confidentiality kept tight.
Award Force has been quick to answer queries and address issues. They are also good at finding solutions that best suit our needs.
We were manually collecting/managing awards before award force - so award force was incredibly welcomed.

Pros

Their self-help guides are useful and when they're not, customer service is available (see caveat below). I have had several different dedicated service advisors; all have been uniformly excellent.
Amazing service - lightning quick responses...wow. Super helpful to have the judges watch videos right through the platform.
We have been using OpenWater for the last 2 years to manage our annual marketing awards competition and have been very pleased with the results.

Cons

I do find it frustrating that specific features are not present in the software.
I found it hard to visualise how to set up the system as a first time user, as there were no examples given for what I was looking for so the setup was a bit time consuming.
I DID ask if there was a file size limit for the upload (the answer is no) but I did not ask if the file sizes have an effect on the download.

Cons

Sometimes the UI/UX is a little weird (Settings vs Manage? I still don't understand the difference). Eventually, with enough use, you can intuit how the system works.
It slowed me down, was cumbersome and had no option to get a printout of the application to review off line.
And there is no testing feature- in order to test the application portal you must open the submission round. We also had to switch which staff would have super-user status since only two are allowed.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review5 months ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review2 months ago

Key features

  • Total features95
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Administrative Reporting
  • Admissions Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Applicant Portal
  • Applicant Tracking
  • Application Management
  • Approval Process Control
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Assessment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendee Management
  • Awards Management
  • Badge Management
  • Blind Judging
  • Budget Control
  • CRM
  • Categorization/Grouping
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Chapter Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Conferencing
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Contact Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Questions
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Deadline Management
  • Document Management
  • Document Review
  • Document Storage
  • Donor Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Due Date Tracking
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Electronic Submission
  • Email Marketing
  • Email Reminders
  • Email Templates
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Entrant Management
  • Entry Fee Processing
  • Entry Management
  • Event Calendar
  • Event Management
  • Event Scheduling
  • Event Tracking
  • Feedback Management
  • File Storage
  • Financial Reporting
  • For Grantmakers
  • For Marketers
  • For Nonprofits
  • Forms Creation & Design
  • Forms Management
  • Fraud Detection
  • Gamification
  • Grant Application Management
  • Grant Award Tracking
  • Grant Management
  • Impact Measurement
  • Individualized Assessments
  • Interview Management
  • Judging Management
  • Labeling
  • Landing Pages/Web Forms
  • Lead Generation
  • Learning Management
  • Live Results Sharing
  • Live Streaming
  • Membership Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-User Collaboration
  • Online Registration
  • Payment Processing
  • Payment Tracking
  • Performance Metrics
  • Polls/Voting
  • Pre-Employment Testing
  • Presentation Streaming
  • Process/Workflow Automation
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Promotions Management
  • Real-Time Analytics
  • Real-Time Chat
  • Real-Time Data
  • Real-Time Reporting
  • Recommendations
  • Recording
  • Recruitment Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Reviewer Management
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SSL Security
  • Scoring
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Single Sign On
  • Skill Testing
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Contests (Photo, Essay, Design, etc)
  • Social Media Integration
  • Social Promotion
  • Status Tracking
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Summary Reports
  • Survey/Poll Management
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Task Management
  • Test/Quiz Creation
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • Video Conferencing
  • Virtual Lobby
  • Visitor Registration
  • Volunteer Management
  • Web Forms
  • Website Integration
  • Website Management
  • White Label
  • Workflow Management
  • Total features95
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Administrative Reporting
  • Admissions Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Applicant Portal
  • Applicant Tracking
  • Application Management
  • Approval Process Control
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Assessment Management
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendee Management
  • Awards Management
  • Badge Management
  • Blind Judging
  • Budget Control
  • CRM
  • Categorization/Grouping
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Chapter Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Conferencing
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Contact Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Questions
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Deadline Management
  • Document Management
  • Document Review
  • Document Storage
  • Donor Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Due Date Tracking
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Electronic Submission
  • Email Marketing
  • Email Reminders
  • Email Templates
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Entrant Management
  • Entry Fee Processing
  • Entry Management
  • Event Calendar
  • Event Management
  • Event Scheduling
  • Event Tracking
  • Feedback Management
  • File Storage
  • Financial Reporting
  • For Grantmakers
  • For Marketers
  • For Nonprofits
  • Forms Creation & Design
  • Forms Management
  • Fraud Detection
  • Gamification
  • Grant Application Management
  • Grant Award Tracking
  • Grant Management
  • Impact Measurement
  • Individualized Assessments
  • Interview Management
  • Judging Management
  • Labeling
  • Landing Pages/Web Forms
  • Lead Generation
  • Learning Management
  • Live Results Sharing
  • Live Streaming
  • Membership Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-User Collaboration
  • Online Registration
  • Payment Processing
  • Payment Tracking
  • Performance Metrics
  • Polls/Voting
  • Pre-Employment Testing
  • Presentation Streaming
  • Process/Workflow Automation
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Promotions Management
  • Real-Time Analytics
  • Real-Time Chat
  • Real-Time Data
  • Real-Time Reporting
  • Recommendations
  • Recording
  • Recruitment Management
  • Registration Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Reviewer Management
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SSL Security
  • Scoring
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Single Sign On
  • Skill Testing
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Contests (Photo, Essay, Design, etc)
  • Social Media Integration
  • Social Promotion
  • Status Tracking
  • Student Information/Records
  • Student Management
  • Summary Reports
  • Survey/Poll Management
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Task Management
  • Test/Quiz Creation
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • Video Conferencing
  • Virtual Lobby
  • Visitor Registration
  • Volunteer Management
  • Web Forms
  • Website Integration
  • Website Management
  • White Label
  • Workflow Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations9
  • Dropbox Business
  • Gmail
  • Google Analytics 360
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Maps
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Power BI
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WordPress
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • authorize.net
  • Total integrations23
  • Dropbox Business
  • Gmail
  • Google Analytics 360
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Maps
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Power BI
  • PayPal
  • QuickBooks Online
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • WordPress
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • authorize.net

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Award Force

Great Awards Platform

Reviewed 6 years ago

We previosuly used Openwater and fine Awardforce much easier to use and competitively priced.

Pros

Awardforce lets us run an internal program that lets all our offices globally submit work for judging. This happens every 2-3 months and we can then publish the work into galleries for all to see (separated into the top scorers and all other work). Being able to lock down registration to specific domains means that we can keep it strictly within our company, but allows us the versatility to add external people if and when necessary. The process is relatively simple (once you've gained an understanding of how the system works) and I have always found that help is readily available when needed, with the team being quick to respond, and offering solutions to any problems we encounter or requests that we have.

Cons

It isn't particularly intuitive, and if not used on a regular basis it can be easy to get a little lost when trying find specific functionality. That said, we do use the platform ina different way than most other companies so it is partly because of that.

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Ralph S.

Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, 5,001-10,000 employees

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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OpenWater

Used Openwater to administer an awards program

Reviewed 2 months ago
Pros

Flexible tool to support award nominations and objectively evaluate nominations

Cons

For new users there is a bit of a learning curve to learn to use OpenWater

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501-1,000 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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OpenWater

Amazing support

Reviewed 6 years ago

Awesome products.

Pros

This is the most reliable award software I have got till now. The things I like most are the function duplication, custom forms, the internal linking of the form ect. Email notifications and form management features are really helpfull. It gives all possible customizations. On top of all these things, if you are stuck with anything, you can simply contact the support team and my experience with them is just amazing till now. They provide you complete support technically and that too in poliet way. If you want anything that is out of the product customization, they will ask for the flow and will try to implement it. The most friendly customer support I have came across till now.

Cons

Nothing as such till now. Iiked this software as I have experienced other bad quality award softwares and just fade up with them. Also the website takes more time to llad

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Carol K.

Events Services, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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OpenWater

How Open Water Saved the SME Awards and Scholarship Programs!

Reviewed 3 months ago

It has been a wonderful relationship working with the Open Water Customer Service and OW IT department.

Pros

Top Notch Customer Service Representatives. I never had to wait for someone to help when I needed it. Ease of implementation. User satisfaction. Virtually effortless to maintain and copy to the next year award cycle.

Cons

I have not found anything to complain about or wish I could have. Our last awards and scholarship was such a horrible software--Open Water has been a dream come true. The obstacle we have had the most problem with is our emails from the Open Water system getting through to our customers/users and not going to their spam accounts.

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Clayton S.

Nonprofit Organization Management, self-employed

Used other for 1-2 years

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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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OpenWater

Very pleased with the product

Reviewed 5 years ago

Overall - very pleased. The product offers all the flexibilty we need, and is backed by a caring, talented, responsive customer support team.

Pros

We manage two educational awards using OpenWater. It does everything we need it to do (and more that we don't use). Customer support is second to none. Navigation is pretty solid and the software provides lots of opportunity to craft the application to exactly what we need to adjudicate submissions. Also easy to archieve past years programs and clone for current year.

Cons

Not so much the software as it might be my memory. Using it two years now, on two award programs that run almost concurrently, I had to reach out for assistance as I couldn't find answers to questions. Online support material is very good, but like many, I find the chat feature, or a phone call is faster to resolve my needs. Not an OpenWater issue, but the foreign exchange stings a bit when paying in Canadian dollars.

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Financial Services, 51-200 employees

Used other for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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OpenWater

Integration Partner

Reviewed 7 years ago
Pros

We worked with the Openwater team on an integration with a mutual client. Kunal and the team brought a tremendous understanding and care for the clients needs and worked with us to find creative ways to simplify the process for the individual administrators. The solution provided by Openwater is used by the client to manage the annual awards process, and has been in use for several years. It allows them to collect submissions at the local level, and manage the process through multiple rounds, culminating with the annual national award ceremony.

Cons

It is early in the relationship, however as challenges have arose we've been about to work through them with the team and have not encountered an issues we couldn't solve for. All around a good experience so far.

Vendor response

Thank you for the kind words. We take pride in our integrations and Kunal is excited to keep pushing the limits on how we can better integrate with systems.

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Nicole N.

Publishing, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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OpenWater

OpenWater

Reviewed 5 years ago

OpenWater has helped to make our awards programs easy to pick up each year. I like that we can dummy previous sites and just tweak and manipulate with new data etc. and then push out for a new season. Customer Service in particular - is amazing at helping me out and working out any issues I may have. I think having a strong customer service base is key when working on award programs that often have tight deadlines and external judges who are not used to working in the system.

Pros

Once I get a tutorial on what i'm looking to accomplish, the software is easy enough to manipulate to do on my own without having to bother my customer rep.

Cons

Some items aren't intuitive. Making reports etc. And it looks like the new interface of the portal isn't as easy on the eyes as the past look. But that might just take some getting used to.