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.
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:
AQDAR’s E-SAFE SCHOOL ONLINE SAFETY
Khalifa Empowerment Program for Students, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
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
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
Punto México Conectado Program
Ministry of Communications and Transportation, MEXICO
Multimedia distance-learning course on the safe use of Internet resources
A.S. Popov Odessa National Academy of Telecommunications, UKRAINE
Egypt’s National Program for ICT Accessibility in Education for Persons with Disabilities
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT
Rendering of state and municipal services in electronic format
Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Tatarstan, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
National Trade Platform
Singapore Customs, REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE
E-Learning and Virtual Classroom System
Kuwait University, STATE OF KUWAIT
Informed: an innovating, socializing project at the service of Cuban public health
National Information Center for the Medical Sciences, CUBA
Social Network for Health Promoting Hospital
Advanced Info Services., THAILAND
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus, REPUBLIC OF BELARUS
Electronic Application System
Rural Support Service, REPUBLIC OF LATVIA
Communication Technology and Networking for Development
World Science Project, GHANA
Turkcell “Hello Hope” Mobile App for Integration of Syrian Refugees
MEDIAPROD, BURKINA FASO
Internet Sehat (Internet Healthy) Towards Indonesian Information Society
ICT Watch – Indonesia, REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA
African School on Internet Governance
Association for Progressive Communications, REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
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