United Nations World Summit Awards
|United Nations World Summit Awards|
|Awarded for||Digital content and innovative applications.|
|Presented by||United Nations’ World Summit on the Information Society|
The United Nations World Summit Awards (UNWSA) is an international competition which aims to select and promote the world’s best startup companies in digital content and innovative applications. It is organised by the United Nations’ World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), mandated by the WSIS Plan of Action, cooperates with UNESCO and UNIDO., and is operated by the International Center for New Media (ICNM), Salzburg, Austria.
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, the WSA is an international platform for cutting-edge examples on how ICTs can affect society.
WSA emphasizes on its homepage cultural diversity and identity, the creation of varied information content and the digitalization of educational, scientific and cultural heritage. It aims to make the benefits of the new Information Society accessible and meaningful for all humanity, and in particular, to raise public awareness and give deserved public recognition to the highest quality e-Content, produced all over the world. It, as of 2017, involves representatives from 178 countries on each continent.
Every year, five projects are awarded in each the categories. The categories derive from the United Nations’ World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), UN Geneva Agenda and the Tunis Action Plan and, as of 2017, are as follows:
- Government & Citizen Engagement
- Health & Well Being
- Learning & Education
- Environment & Green Energy
- Culture & Tourism
- Smart Settlements & Urbanization
- Business & Commerce
- Inclusion & Empowerment
- Young Innovators (For young social entrepreneurs under 30 years of age)
National representatives and pre-selection
UNWSA has a network of national representatives that expands over 170 countries. Their task is to scout the national ICT markets for suitable applications due to the evaluation criteria of the WSA. In some countries, the national representatives hold official national pre-selection competitions.
A Jury of international experts evaluates and selects the best 5 projects in each category. The jury process is a moderated, democratic vote in two stages, typically held as grand jury events  about two month before the winners events and the Congress.
At the UNWSA Congress and accompanying gala ceremony, out of the five winners in each category one global champion is awarded. The selection process relies on a jury process of national experts. On the occasion of the WSIS+10 review held in Paris in February 2013, a special online jury evaluated all 200 winning projects of WSA’s 10-year history and selected eight all-time global champions.
- World Summit Award, official webpage
- "WSIS+10 High-Level Event", World Summit on the Information Society, International Telecommunication Union (Geneva). Retrieved 20 October 2013.
- "Why a Summit on the Information Society". World Summit on the Information Society, International Telecommunication Union. 26 March 2008. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
- Tunis Agenda on the information Society