In conjunction with Rise of Social Commerce event in Palo Alto, CA, Altimeter Group announced that Congressional House Republican Caucus has been recognized for its "Creating Impact" Open Leadership Award for AmericaSpeakingOut.org (ASO). The awards recognize organizations and individuals using social technologies to transform their organizations.
Congressional House Republicans (GOP) partnered with Microsoft to create ASO, designed to increase dialogue between Americans and their Congress through a virtual town hall environment. Built on Microsoft TownHall, which runs on Windows Azure, the goal of ASO was to provide voters with an opportunity to share their ideas with Congressional House GOP members. In just 4 months, citizens have proposed 15,000 ideas for federal legislation and cast more than 500,000 votes through ASO.