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ABOUT THE WSA

The WSA is a unique awards system, selecting and promoting local digital innovation to improve society. Combining an ongoing series of international events and activities with a global network of start-ups, social entrepreneurs, mentors, jurors, speakers, experts, government leaders, academia and civil society, WSA is an international platform for cutting edge examples of how ICTs can impact society in a positive way.

With over 17 years of international experience, WSA is a quality seal for digital content with societal impact in over 182 participating countries.

WHAT IS WSA?

WSA IS ORGANIZED BY

WSA are conducted by ICNM, an Austrian not-for-profit organisation based in Salzburg and Vienna, Austria.

ICNM organizes national, regional and global competitions to demonstrate the richness and diversity of digital media with societal impact. ICNM was founded by Prof. Peter A. Bruck in 2002.


UN CONTEXT

WSA was initiated in 2003 in the framework of the UN World Summit on the Information Society (UN WSIS) held 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. WSA was established as a means to achieve this and have been working to put UN-WSIS goals and UN SDG’s into action ever since.

WSA AND UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (UN SDGs)

With a truly global multi-stakeholder community, combining the voices and insights of entrepreneurs and producers, national and corporate experts, NGOs, governments and professional associations, WSA encourages a real knowledge community to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Fostering knowledge exchange and a network of global support, WSA presents quality content and digital innovation from over 180 UN-member states and supports the global movement for sustainable digital solutions.


ABOUT WSA SINGAPORE

WSA Singapore is the Singapore Chapter of the World Summit Awards. We aim to support the Global WSA Vision by identifying local Singaporean digital innovation that help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals and giving them a global spotlight thru participation in the annual WSA global contest.

WSA Singapore is non-profit and run by volunteers. To speak to us on collaboration, you can drop us a message using the form below;


WSA CATERGORIES

GOVERNMENT & CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT

services | open data | democratic participation

HEALTH & WELL BEING

medical care | sport | lifestyle

LEARNING & EDUCATION

knowledge | science | skills

ENVIRONMENT & GREEN ENERGY

climate | sustainable resources | agriculture

CULTURE & TOURISM

heritage | entertainment | subcultures

SMART SETTLEMENTS & URBANIZATION

mobility |productive work | sustainable living

BUSINESS & COMMERCE

innovative services | security | finance | marketing

INCLUSION & EMPOWERMENT

diversity | gender | justice | human rights

WSA YOUNG INNOVATORS

taking action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)’s | strictly for people under the age of 26


WSA RULES & CONDITIONS

Below WSA Terms and Conditions apply for WSA Call 2021. Please get in touch with us on questions regarding WSA Terms and Conditions for WSA Call 2021.

1 | GENERAL CONTEST RULES

  • The WSA focusses on digital applications with a strong impact on society in 8 different WSA categories, reflecting the UN SDGs. All submissions will be evaluated by the WSA evaluation criteria.
  • By submission of a project, producers accept the rules of the WSA contests as stated on this page and in the WSA Contest Database.
  • All submitters to WSA have to abide by the rules and regulations mentioned in the UN Declaration on Human Rights. Submissions therefore which encourage war, the exercise of violence, fraud, racism or discrimination will not be accepted and eliminated. Similarly, submissions that violate international copyright provisions will be excluded.
  • WSA cannot be held liable for accepted submissions and their contents and rights.

2 | WHO CAN APPLY?

  • WSA is open to any company, organisation or individual in any UN and UNESCO member state.
  • The participation in the WSA Young Innovators is restricted to any entrepreneur, company, student group or project team, where at least one of the founding members and the majority of the team is  under the age of 26 (born on or after January 1, 1995) from any of the UN and UNESCO member states.

3 | APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION OF PROJECTS TO THE WSA

  • Taking part in the WSA is only eligible by being nominated by a WSA national expert.
  • Registration, including submitting project information, must be completed online via the WSA contest database.
  • Submitting a product to the evaluation and selection process does by no means entitle a producer to any benefits. There is no way of challenging this decision legally.
  • Only submitted and fully filled in applications will be considered by the WSA Jury.
  • Submission is free of charge.

4 | PARTICIPATION AND SUBMISSION OF PROJECTS TO THE WSA YOUNG INNOVATORS

  • The participation in the WSA Young Innovators is restricted to any entrepreneur, company, student group or project team, where at least one of the founding members and the majority of the team is under the age of 26 (born on or after January 1, 1995) from any of the UN and UNESCO member states.
  • Registration, including submitting project information, must be completed online via the WSA contest database.
  • Submitting a product to the evaluation and selection process does by no means entitle a producer to any benefits. There is no way of challenging this decision legally.
  • Only submitted and fully filled in applications will be considered by the WSA Jury.
  • Submission is free of charge.

5 | WHICH PROJECTS ARE SUITABLE FOR WSA?

  • Submissions for the WSA can contain digital content applications with a clear impact on society, such as: apps, webpages, applications for wearables, kiosk installations, sms based products, mobile games and interactive mobile productions. There is no limitation regarding the platforms or channels the projects work with.
  • All submissions have to be launched products. No drafts, prototypes, demonstrations or unfinished projects can be accepted. The solution needs to prove that it is a working product and demonstrate some local impact.
  • All submitted products must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2019. For a project or product completed earlier, the submitters have to document significant alterations and / or improvements and / or additions have been made in the period thereafter.
  • A product can only be submitted for one category. In case of multiple submissions by the same organization, company or team, each product requires a separate registration. Submissions which have been nominated in the WSA in previous years cannot be submitted again. For a project which has been already submitted before, the submitters have to document significant alterations and / or improvements and / or additions.

6 | WSA EXPLOITATION RIGHTS AND COPYRIGHTS

  • By submitting a project to the WSA, producers provide the WSA office with the exploitation rights for the submitted videos, pictures and other content for non-commercial use for the promotion of the nominated product, presented in print, broad-cast and any other forms of media, as well as for events.
  • The producer must own the copyright of all pictures, sounds, contents etc. related to the production of his project. All software used must be licensed.
  •  WSA has the right to share promotional material and information about the submitted projects with potential investors and sponsoring partners.

7 | WSA CONTEST LANGUAGE

  • The interface of the products can be in any of the United Nations official languages. All producer and project information in the WSA database must however be in English. The official language of the WSA is English and must be used in all official communication.

8 | EXCLUSION AND DISQUALIFICATION OF SUBMISSIONS FROM THE WSA PROCESS

  • Incomplete submissions and those not following the WSA guidelines will be withdrawn from the WSA selection process without notice. There is no legal recourse possible against the decision of disqualification for the below reasons. The WSA organizers have the right to reject submission / entry without providing any further reason and notice.
  • Malfunctioning of the product during the time of the jury evaluation can lead to disqualification. Submitters are held responsible to make sure their products are functioning for Jury evaluation.
  • Further withdrawal reasons are: Lack of ownership of creative rights or infringement of copyrights of others; false registration information, non-confirmation to the rules of the contest guidelines.

9 | CATEGORY SWITCH

  • The jury has the right to switch a submission from one category to another, if the category chosen by the producer is recognized as not suitable. A category switch is the result of a decision by jury members.

10 | WINNERS SELECTION

  • The winners will be selected from among the submissions in each category through the jury process as published on the website. No legal recourse is possible against the jury decision.

JURY PROCESS

July 26, 2021

NOMINATION AND APPLICATION

WSA eminent national experts from more than 180 UN member states nominate up to eight projects each – one for every WSA category. Exception is the Youth Category, where open applications are accepted. Once the nominees have completed their application in the WSA online contest database, they are admitted by the WSA office into the Jury process.

July 26, 2021
August 31, 2021

JURY ROUND ONE

All permitted applications in the WSA online contest database will be carefully reviewed and evaluated by a specially assembled Online Jury consisting of international experts. This Online Jury pre-selects the best 15 to 18 products in each of the eight WSA categories, the so called Short List.

August 31, 2021

JURY ROUND TWO

To evaluate the remaining projects which managed to pass the last stage, WSA office assigns Jury Panels to re-evaluate the Short List . The Jury Members then select the five winners in each WSA category.

RESULTS | ANNOUNCEMENT & WSA GLOBAL CONGRESS

The winners of the WSA Jury Process are announced and informed via mail. All winners are invited to join the WSA Global Congress. During the WSA Global Congress, the winners of the WSA get the invitation to pitch their projects in front of an international on site Jury panel. Based on the project presentations, one Global Champion in each WSA category is selected, who is subsequently announced at the Award Ceremony and Gala.

BENEFITS

The WSA is a non-monetary award system with a focus on sustainable knowledge transfer through a worldwide network. This means that winners benefit not from a one time financial reward, but a lifelong partnership and integration.

Winners of the WSA Benefits

  • Invitation to the WSA Global Congress including:
    • Pitching seminars
    • 4 minute pitch session in front of an international audience during the Congress
    • A program of especially crafted workshops for the winners
    • Invitation to the prestigious award ceremony and Gala night
    • Board and lodging for the durance of the Congress
    • Eye to eye exchange with speakers, jurors and international guests
  • Integration into a network of internationally recognized digital content developers
  • Access to the WSA community of global experts and industry leaders in over 180 countries
  • Interaction with world-renowned sponsors and partners of the WSA community
  • Workshops specially shaped for the winners needs
  • videoclip highlighting the winners projects
  • Special placement on WSA website, youtube channel and social media promotion
  • Long-term coverage within WSA editorial channels

Nominees’ Benefits

A nomination for the WSA is already a win – these are the rewards

  • More coverage on your product. WSA provides nominees with press templates to help them to gain the attention of national media with support of the WSA national experts
  • WSA nominee seal to use on websites, social media channels and publications
  • Opportunity to receive feedback from the jurors.
  • Being nominated for the WSA means to be the best in the respective country in one of our 8 categories. Our experience has shown that this qualification can immensely improve outreach.


Submit an Entry for Consideration

Have a Product you wish to submit for consideration for this year’s competition?

Fill up the form below and our Singapore Expert Panel will get back to you on your eligibility.

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