Nº 10 2012 > WSIS project prizes
Share your story with the world!
Wherever you are, whoever you are and whatever your age, access to ICT is crucial not only to provide you with services but also as a channel to education. A third of the worlds 7 billion inhabitants use the Internet, benefiting in many ways from ICT applications such as e‑health, e‑agriculture and e‑employment.
The world is becoming more connected, and more services are becoming available to the connected population. But people in remote areas still lack access to high-speed, high-quality Internet services, so they cannot use the numerous ICT applications that could transform their lives.
The World Summit on the Information Society set eleven goals to overcome the digital divide by 2015, including building infrastructure and an enabling environment, as well as confidence and security in the use of ICT.
Stakeholders are making valiant efforts to implement WSIS outcomes and achieve WSIS goals. Since 2004, when the WSIS Stocktaking exercise was set up, many successful projects have been implemented and reported to WSIS Stocktaking as examples that could be replicated in other countries or regions. Member States continue to share experience and learn from each other how to build an inclusive information society.
WSIS Project Prizes recognize excellence in the implementation of WSIS outcomes. This contest was instigated by participants at WSIS Forum 2011 who wanted a mechanism to evaluate and reward individuals, governments, civil society, local, regional and international agencies, research institutions and private sector companies for the success of their efforts in implementing development-oriented strategies that leverage the power of ICT.
The 18 winners of the ”WSIS Project Prizes 2012” contest were selected from 170 projects submitted from 50 countries. ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré presented the awards at a ceremony during WSIS Forum 2012.
The second contest — “WSIS Project Prizes 2013” — was launched on 3 September 2012. All stakeholders are invited to participate.
Share your story about your progress in achieving WSIS goals, empowering your local community through ICT, helping citizens and business to benefit from ICT, or reducing the digital divide.
WSIS Project Prizes will bring your project international recognition. Maybe your project promotes ICT for development, builds information and communication infrastructure, provides access to information and knowledge, educates children and gives them a future, reduces digital exclusion, or creates sustainable and scalable business models that bring ICT to rural communities or to sectors such as health, business, learning, employment, environment, agriculture, science or government. Perhaps your project enhances respect for cultural identity and traditions, or brings ICT to people with disabilities, or works in some other way to reduce the digital divide.
The deadline for submitting projects is 31 January 2013. The WSIS Project Prize Ceremony will be held on 13 May 2013 during the WSIS Forum 2013, in Geneva, Switzerland.
A gala dinner will provide an opportunity for networking, and will give all winners — of the 2012 as well as the 2013 prizes — the chance to showcase their projects.
The United Nations Economic and Social Council, in its resolution 2012/5 on “Assessment of the progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society”, encourages all stakeholders to nominate their projects to compete for the annual WSIS Project Prizes, as an integral part of the WSIS Stocktaking process.
Detailed information about the winning projects will be published as WSIS Stocktaking: Success Stories, to be released at WSIS Forum 2013.
For details of how to enter the “WSIS Project Prizes 2013” contest, see www.wsis.org/prizes.