‘Mission that Matters’ Video Wins Hermes Creative Gold Award for Akima’s Dedication to Iñupiaq Shareholders


Herndon, VA — Akima, a premier provider of products and services to the federal government, proudly announced today it received the Hermes Creative Gold Award for its animated video project, “Mission that Matters,” in the “Electronic Media / Social Media / Interactive Media: Animation” category.

This year’s video highlights the profound connection between Akima’s missions and client-driven projects and their broader impacts on the well-being of Akima’s Iñupiaq shareholders. The video also showcases Akima’s numerous partnerships and collaborations, emphasizing their crucial role in protecting 38,000 square miles of native land in Alaska’s NANA region.

The Iñupiaq’s three core principles — “honesty and integrity govern our activities, commitments made will be fulfilled, and everyone will be treated with dignity and respect” — have not only helped them survive in a harsh, isolated environment, but have also become the foundation of Akima’s work in the NANA region and across the U.S., a message shared in this year’s video.

Akima’s shareholder support is multifaceted, ranging from enhancing the operational success of emergency management systems to preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of the Iñupiaq people. The company remains dedicated to creating new opportunities for future Iñupiaq generations, ensuring their tradition and culture endure.

Each year, the Hermes Creative Awards, an international competition, celebrates outstanding creative professionals and their exceptional works. Administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP), the competition honors excellence in the concept, writing, and design of traditional and emerging media.

About Akima

Akima is a global enterprise with 10,000 employees, delivering solutions to the federal government in the core areas of information technology, facilities & ground logistics; aerospace solutions; protective services; systems engineering; mission support; furniture, fixtures & equipment (FF&E); and construction. As a subsidiary of NANA, an Alaska Native Corporation owned by more than 15,000 Iñupiat shareholders, Akima’s core mission is to enable superior outcomes for our customers’ missions while simultaneously creating a long-lived asset for NANA consistent with our Iñupiat values. In 2023, Akima ranked #34 on Washington Technology’s Top 100 list and has remained in the top 70 of Bloomberg Government’s BGOV200 list of top federal contractors since 2021. To learn more about Akima, visit

Akima is more than one company. We are a portfolio of 8(a) companies, small businesses, and other operating organizations. We take pride in being both specialized and nimble — two qualities that allow us to respond quickly to our customers’ unique needs.