The World Summit Award was started in 2003 as part of the UN’s World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). It is a global initiative to select and promote the world’s best e-Content and innovative ICT applications. Today 168 UN member states are actively involved in the initiative. Through national contests and a global jury process, WSA demonstrates the local diversity and rich creativity of ICT use. WSA is a global hub for everyone who values the crucial importance of quality content to make today’s information society more inclusive. WSA implements the UN agenda for the development of the Information Society and supports specifically the UN Millennium Development Goals of ending poverty, hunger and disease, providing education for all, saving the environment and giving a fair share to women through the use of ICTs.
Every second year the WSA organizes a global congress dedicated to creativity and innovation in e-Content. In 2013 the WSA Global Congress will be hosted by the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) Sri Lanka in Colombo, October 24-26.
The World Summit Award Mobile has been launched in June 2010 and is dedicated explicitly to selecting and promoting the world’s best mobile Content. Based on the WSA the World Summit Award Mobile is searching for best practice of mobile applications on a global scale. WSA Mobile reaches out to a community of experts in over 168 UN member states. In partnership with global partners such as ISOC, Mobile Monday, UNESCO WSA Mobile has taken place in 2010 and 2012 in Abu Dhabi.
The WSYA selects and promotes best practice in e-Content and technological creativity, demonstrates young people’s potential to create outstanding digital contents and serves as a platform for people from all UN member states to work together in the efforts to reduce poverty and hunger, and to tackle ill-health, gender inequality, lack of education, lack of access to clean water and environmental degradation.
WSYA is therefore both a showcase to the world for young (under 30) designers, technologists and e-Content creators and a network for sharing knowledge and empowering young people.
The WSYA is promoted in all UN member states through the networks of the World Summit Award (WSA) the UN Global Alliance for ICT, other participating UN Organisations and Agencies, governments and NGOs, youth organisations and all those committed to making a real difference in the achievement of the MDGs.
In 2013, the Winners of the WSYA will be inaugurated in the framework of the WSA Global Congress in Sri Lanka, Colombo, October 24-26.
The European Youth Award selects and promotes young Europeans who creatively use Internet and mobiles to get action on the most pressing social issues of today and contribute to the discussion of the EU Digital Agenda 2020.
It demonstrates young European’s potential to create outstanding digital contents and serves as a platform for people from all EU and UN member states to work together in the efforts to reach the MDGs.
15 to 20 jurors in the fields of youth and ICTs, education, new media and social innovation select the best and brightest entrepreneurs under 30 years. The best projects will be invited to the Winners´ Event and showcase their projects on an international stage.
In 2013 the EYA Winners Event will be held once again in Graz, Austria – UNESCO City of Design and City of Human Rights, November 28-30.