Freelancer.com

IBA12 Gold Stevie WinnerCompany: Freelancer.com, Sydney, Australia
Company Description: Freelancer.com is the largest outsourcing & crowdsourcing marketplace in the world. Freelancer connects small businesses & entrepreneurs with over 8 million independent professionals globally, specializing in fields as diverse as IT, content, web development, sales & marketing, SEO, engineering & medicine. Over 4.6 million projects in 600 categories of work have been posted to date on the site.
Nomination Category: Website Craft & Function Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Best Software Programming/Design

Nomination Title: Freelancer.com's bespoke software programming/design of its global website

When was this web site or blog first published?  In its current iteration Freelancer.com was published in 2009.

Briefly describe this entry’s communications objectives and how it met those objectives (up to 125 words):

Freelancer is the world's largest outsourcing/crowdsourcing site.  Our site, entirely hosted in AWS, includes an asynchronous-messaging-platform utilizing a collection of thrift services to offer an internal API, and an externalized RESTful interface.  We developed a real-time notification platform authored in NodeJS that uses websockets to support unicast/broadcast event distribution to browsers, as well as a system-in-Go that tracks and publishes users' online status in a RAM-backed sharded pub/sub structure.

We architected a real-time event queuing and pub/sub system on RabbitMQ to support the handling of marketplace events - e.g. updating projects.  Our project and contest listing tables are supported by extensive use of highly dimensional documents stored in ElasticSearch.  All services and systems are instrumented to publish statistics to graphite for analysis, tracking, and alerting.
 
List the appropriate creative and production credits for this entry:

David Harrison, VP of Engineering leads a large team who work tirelessly on building, modifying and perfecting the Freelancer.com website.