June 14, 2017

WSIS Prizes 2017 winners announced!

By ITU News

The World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS) 2017 – the world’s largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community – is taking place at ITU this week from 12 to 16 June 2017.

The WSIS Forum is constantly evolving and strengthening the alignment between the WSIS Action Lines and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“The objective is to ensure that WSIS goals enable a strong international framework for a trusted connected world, and for achieving the SDGs,” said ITU Secretary-General, Houlin Zhao.

WSIS Forum 2017: A full program to promote ICT for development

The WSIS Forum is co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP, and in close partnership with other UN organizations.

This year’s theme, ‘Information and Knowledge of Societies for the SDGs,’ was built through an open consultation process and introduces an innovative program of events and special tracks, including a Hackathon on e-Health, a new virtual reality track, an #ICT4SDG photo contest and a series of TEDx talks.

“We find great value in the WSIS Forum and the Open Consultation process because it provides an opportunity for all stakeholders to engage in open and transparent dialog on many key issues and to work together to develop tangible and actionable programs.” – Justin Caso from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

One of the major highlights of the WSIS Forum every year is the awarding of prestigious WSIS Prizes. These awards recognize outstanding initiatives by governments, private sector, and civil society that leverage the contributions of ICT for the benefit our society. The prizes are awarded across 18 categories directly linked to WSIS Action Lines as defined in the Geneva Plan of Action.

This year, over 467 projects were submitted by the WSIS community around the world. 345 projects were nominated after the deliberation of the Expert Group.

90 Champions were selected based on over 1.1 million votes casted by WSIS stakeholders, and yesterday, the 18 Winners were recognized on stage at WSIS Forum’s opening ceremony.

Here is the full list of the 18 WSIS Prizes winners:

1. Action Line C1 — The role of government and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development:

Khalifa Empowerment Program for Students, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

2. Action Line C2 — Information and communication infrastructure:

South-to-North Water Diversion ( Eastern route ) communication optical cable project for water resources dispatch and management system
China Communications Technology Co., Ltd., PEOPLE´S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

3. Action Line C3 — Access to information and knowledge:

DAISY-standard Accessible Reading Materials for Students with Visual and Print Disabilities
Access to Information (a2i) Programme, Prime Minister’s Office, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF BANGLADESH

4. Action Line C4 — Capacity building:

Punto México Conectado Program
Ministry of Communications and Transportation, MEXICO

5. Action Line C5 — Building confidence & security in the use of ICTs:

Multimedia distance-learning course on the safe use of Internet resources
A.S. Popov Odessa National Academy of Telecommunications, UKRAINE

6. Action Line C6 — Enabling environment:

Egypt’s National Program for ICT Accessibility in Education for Persons with Disabilities
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT

7. Action Line C7 — E-government:

Rendering of state and municipal services in electronic format
Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Tatarstan, RUSSIAN FEDERATION

8. Action Line C7 — E-business:

National Trade Platform

9. Action Line C7 — E-learning:

E-Learning and Virtual Classroom System
Kuwait University, STATE OF KUWAIT

10. Action Line C7 — E-health:

Informed: an innovating, socializing project at the service of Cuban public health
National Information Center for the Medical Sciences, CUBA

11. Action Line C7 — E-employment:

Social Network for Health Promoting Hospital
Advanced Info Services., THAILAND

12. Action Line C7 — E-environment:

Greenmap Belarus
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus, REPUBLIC OF BELARUS

13. Action Line C7 — E-agriculture:

Electronic Application System
Rural Support Service, REPUBLIC OF LATVIA

14. Action Line C7 — E-science:

Communication Technology and Networking for Development
World Science Project, GHANA

15. Action Line C8 — Cultural diversity & identity, linguistic diversity:

Turkcell “Hello Hope” Mobile App for Integration of Syrian Refugees
Turkcell, TURKEY

16. Action Line C9 — Media:

Agribusiness TV

17. Action Line C10 — Ethical dimensions of the Information Society:

Internet Sehat (Internet Healthy) Towards Indonesian Information Society

18. Action Line C11 — International & regional cooperation:

African School on Internet Governance
Association for Progressive Communications, REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

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