World Summit on the Information Society Prize 2015 Winners
Date: Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:22
18 winners from around the world recognized for their part in building inclusive information society
ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao announced the 18 winners of the WSIS Prizes 2015 at the WSIS High-Level Opening Segment, which was held at the headquarters of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva.
The WSIS Prizes 2015 contest provides a platform to identify and showcase success stories across the 11 WSIS Action Lines defined in theGeneva Plan of Action.
In line with the inclusive, multistakeholder character of the WSIS event, the prizes recognize the outstanding achievements of a wide range of organizations in strengthening implementation of the vision and targets set by the World Summit on the Information Society in 2003 (Phase 1) and 2005 (Phase 2).
“The WSIS Project Prizes provide an international platform to identify and showcase the successful initiatives and best practices that could be easily replicated by other countries and organizations, to further drive momentum around ICTs as a catalyst for socio-economic development,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.
This year’s WSIS Project Prize winners include government departments, international organizations, private sector companies, NGOs and academia. More than 300 projects were nominated for the 2015 contest, more than twice the number of nominations in 2014, reflecting the prestigious nature of the award and the growing importance of ICTs in national development strategies.
The awards are conferred through online voting involving over 100,000 stakeholders from around the world.
This year’s 18 winners are:
• Action Line C1 The role of government and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
Winner: Young Innovations, Nepal
• Action Line C2 Information and communication infrastructure
Winner: Ministry of Communications and Transportation, Mexico
• Action Line C3 Access to information and knowledge
Winner: Prime Minister’s Office, Bangladesh
• Action Line C4 Capacity building
Winner: Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, United Arab Emirates
• Action Line C5 Building confidence & security in the use of ICTs
Winner: Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico (RSE), Italy
• Action Line C6 Enabling environment
Winner: Ministry of Finance, Kazakhstan
• Action Line C7 E-government
Winner: Majmaah University, Saudi Arabia
• Action Line C7 E-business
Winner: Ministry of Economy and Finance, Uruguay
• Action Line C7 E-learning
Winner: Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, India
• Action Line C7 E-health
Winner: FHI 360, United States of America
• Action Line C7 E-employment
Winner: Ministry of Manpower, Oman
• Action Line C7 E-environment
Winner: Central Agency for Information Technology, Kuwait
• Action Line C7 E-agriculture
Winner: Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, Netherlands
• Action Line C7 E-science
Winner: Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran
• Action Line C8 Cultural diversity & identity, linguistic diversity
Winner: South-West University ‘Neofit Rilski’, Bulgaria
• Action Line C9 Media
Winner: Radio Farm International, Canada
• Action Line C10 Ethical dimensions of the Information Society
Winner: Rwanda Media Commission, Rwanda
• Action Line C11 International & regional cooperation
Winner: Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean
WSIS Project Prizes is an international contest developed in response to requests from WSIS stakeholders to create an effective mechanism to evaluate and recognize individuals, governments, civil society, local, regional and international agencies, research institutions and private sector companies for outstanding success in implementing development-oriented strategies that leverage the power of ICTs. The WSIS Project Prizes contest is an integral part of the WSIS stocktaking process. The contest was held for the first time in 2012, and rapidly gained attention and popularity within the ICT for Development (ICT4D) community.
Above, ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao
Image credited to ITU