ABOUT THE WORLD SUMMIT AWARDS (WSA)
The World Summit Award (WSA) is a global UN-WSIS bi-annual award. It selects and promotes the world’s best digital innovation, be it eg. webpages, applications, kiosk installations or interactive productions.
Founded in 2003 as follow-up initiative to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva. The declared aim of the conference was to make Information and Communication Technology (ICT) accessible to everyone and to bridge the digital divide. The World Summit Award (WSA) was established as a means to achieve these goals.
With categories ranging from e-Business and e-Government to e-Health and e-Inclusion the WSA, unlike other awards, does not focus on pure technological developments, but on the content, the real substance of the project.
A network of National Experts, National Committees and National Awards in over 170 countries serves to acquire high quality nominations for the international award. This way, the WSA ensures a truly international choice of the best local contents. An international Jury comes together for a multi-day-process to select the world’s best e-contents.
The five winners of each of the eight categories are presented and awarded at the World Summit Award Gala. The Gala takes place at a different place each year and is usually accompanied by a Winners´ Exhibition of the winning projects, as well as a WSA Conference, where the most current developments and challenges of the field of e-Content are discussed by renowned experts and the interested public. The Winners´ events offer a forum for all those who value the creative use of ICTs and who make society more inclusive.
The WSA has been running in more than 168 UN member states to find and promote best practices in e-Content and address issues of digital divide and content gap.
Partnering with the key UN organisations and agencies in the framework of the UN Geneva Agenda and the Tunis Action Plan, WSA selects and promotes the world’s best e-Content and innovative ICT applications.