YEREVAN—Armen Sargsyan and the EPSIDON theater group, whose proposal to turn Nar-Dos’ classic Armenian work “He and I” into a rock-opera for the modern stage, is officially the first project of ONEArmenia’s SHIFT Initiative.
This news comes after two weeks of voting via the SHIFT project’s Facebook page that had its fair share of bumps in the road. The online voting process was marred by thousands of spam votes cast by hackers using automated software to bombard the online system. The effort to clean up the fraudulent votes produced dramatic changes in final vote tallies, which may have come as a shock to some, and which is why the system administrators have placed the audit report of the voting mechanism on display for everyone.
“We’ve done our best to deal with these attempts to topple the integrity of the SHIFT competition, and are so grateful to the community for their support and faith throughout the process. If anything, this should serve as a reminder to us all that anything is possible in the digital age—so we should continue to let our imaginations soar,” the ONEArmenia team said.
Non-profit funding platform ONEArmenia was founded in September 2012 to stand with the change-making individuals and the organizations they represent, using social media and crowd-funding to involve anyone with an Internet connection in boosting projects that are geared toward making tangible changes in Armenia now. The ONEArmenia network makes it possible to not only raise money for a project based in Armenia as a worldwide community, but to also track the progress of said project with complete access to financial information.