What is the International Center for New Media?
The ICNM – International Center for New Media – is a non-profit association, based in Austria, 5020 Salzburg, Leopoldskronstrasse 30. It was founded by Prof. Peter A. Bruck in 2003 and is specialized in networking throughout Europe and all over the world.
ICNM focuses on the use of digital technologies, social entrepreneurship and creative content (“Digital Creativity improving Society”). It also offers educational programmes to young people. ICNM stands out with its special emphasis on the evaluation, promotion and showcasing of best practise in digital projects improving society.
Since 2012 ICNM conducts the “European Youth Award (EYA)” – the only pan-European (59 eligible countries) competition for young people and social entrepreneurs using Internet and Mobile to improve society and address the goals defined by the EU strategy Europe 2020, the Council of Europe and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. EYA demonstrates their potential to create innovative solutions for societal challenges with digital technologies.
It is conducted under the patronage of the Council of Europe, the Congress of Regional and Local Authorities of the CoE and with the support of Austrian ministries, the City of Graz, Province of Styria and others.
On a global scale the ICNM has initiated and is organising the “World Summit Awards” in 168 countries within the UN framework of the World Summit on the Information Society WSIS. The World Summit Awards are an on-going activity since 2003 in cooperation with UNIDO, UNESCO, ITU, ISOC, UN GAID and UNDP.
ICNM cooperates in international networks and works in partnership with other centers of excellence, professional multimedia associations, and institutions of higher learning, research institutes and non-profit foundations. It services private industries and governments and offers a platform for networking, co-operation and experience exchange for multimedia professionals from all over the world.
ICNM’s biggest strength is to actively connect people from different cultural backgrounds and disciplines, makes them work together and build up a strong network.
In the last 14 years the ICNM has grown into a European institution for best practice selection, evaluation and promotion in the area of quality e-contents and showcasing and demonstrating quality in digital, interactive products and applications.