UN World Summit Award in collaboration with World Information Technology and Services Alliance, WITSA, and Information Technology Association of Nigeria, ITAN, announce call for entries for the WSA Global fame for local e-contents 2011.
This is an opportunity to showcase mobile technology content products or services you may have as an individual, partnership or organization, which are capable of impacting actions to power up the realization of the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs and influencing the Nigerian society positively.
The World Summit Award is a global initiative to select and promote the world’s best digital contents, held every two years. Amos Emmanuel who was nominated in 2010 as WSA Eminent National Expert – Nigeria, has attended and participated at the UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development initiative on MDG eNabler and promises to fully explore the current Strategic ePlanner prototype of the UN-GAID among Nigerian e-content producers and public administrators
In a recent press statement, Amos Emmanuel, Chief Software Architect, Programos Software Limited (Ghana/Nigeria), who is also an ITAN Council Member, the WSA Eminent National Expert for Nigeria 2010-2012, will encourage entries that has addressed societal issues with local language and poverty gaps in focus – as our 150 million population estimated size do require more citizenry participation despite attendant economic barriers.
According to the WSA Chairman Peter A. Bruck, “The WSA offers a level playing field for developers from all 160 countries participating. And as a United Nations-mandated initiative, it showcases digital contents in different languages and designs from all over the world as to show that great developments can come from any country, no matter what size.”
WSA has recently flagged off contest worldwide for you to now enter your product(s) for the NIGERIA pre-selection of the international World Summit Award.
Five winners in each of the 8 categories will present their product on a world stage and gain international standing and reputation.
The national pre-selection in country is done through direct nomination by the national expert/by a national competition selection.
1. e-Government & Institutions
Delivering complete services in public administrations to individuals, businesses and organizations combined with organizational change in order to significantly improve services and democratic processes and strengthen support to public policies; fostering quality and efficiency of information exchange; empowering citizens and public services clients.
2. e-Health & Environment
Developing the client-centered model of health care where stakeholders collaborate, utilizing ICT, including internet technologies to manage health issues as well as the health care system; meeting the needs of citizens, patients, healthcare professionals, healthcare providers, as well as policy makers.
3. e-Learning & Education
Serving the needs of learners to acquire knowledge and skills for a complex and globalizing world; transforming schools, universities and other educational institutions through interactive, personalized and distributed learning resources; creating active e-learning communities and target models and solutions for corporate training as well as life-long learning.
4. e-Entertainment & Games
Supplying digitized entertainment products and services; entertaining the user in this world’s variety of languages and its cultural diversity; supporting movement from one-way to two-way, from single to multiple players, interactive entertainment and the synergy between analog and digital platforms.
5. e-Culture & Heritage
Preserving and presenting cultural heritage in line with the challenges of the future; demonstrating valuable cultural assets clearly and informatively using state-of-the-art technology; developing the diversity of cultures and sub-cultures and the multilingual nature of societies.
6. e-Science & Technology
Fostering global collaboration in key areas of science, and the next generation of infrastructure that will enable it; providing measures to promote and demonstrate scientific processes and make them accessible to citizens; scientific projects articulated through new media.
7. e-Business & Commerce
Support and optimization of business processes; creation of new business models in e-commerce and m-commerce, business to business, business to consumers, internet security and other areas; supporting SMEs on the marketplace; using ICTs for buying and selling as well as servicing customers and collaborating with business partners.
8. e-Inclusion & Participation
Measures supporting integration of the global information society; bringing least developed countries into the knowledge society; reducing “digital divides” between technology-empowered and technology-excluded communities and groups such as rural areas and women; bridging society and strengthening social and political participation of individuals and groups through ICTs.
How to Participate
1. Simply return your expression of interest mail (as shown below) stating your identities, product/service description and suitability in any of the above 8 categories
2. When selected, your entry will be booked into the international database of WSA after which you will receive mails directing you on what to do and to comply with between now and March 31st 2011 which is the final deadline for all providers to accomplish requirements of the contest.
in 8 categories:
· The WSA is open to any company, organization or individual in the content industry in any UN member state.
· The only way to take part in the WSA is (1) to be nominated by a National expert, (2) to be nominated by a National WSA Committee, established by a national expert, or (3) to win at a national WSA pre-selection contest.
· There is no limitation regarding the platforms or channels the projects work with.
· All entries have to be real products. No drafts, demonstrations or unfinished projects can be accepted.
· The same product cannot be submitted twice
· 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.
· The interface of the products can be in any of the United Nations official languages. All producer and project information must however be in English.
· 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.
· None of the materials submitted will be returned. One copy/version of each product submitted will be kept in the WSA archive. No commercial use of this archive will be made.
· Incomplete submissions and those not following the WSA guidelines will be withdrawn from the WSA selection process without notice. There is no way of challenging such a decision legally.
· When submitting a project to the WSA Experts (and later Jury), participants automatically agree to the guidelines set out by the WSA team.
· 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.
· All products to take part in the WSA selection process must be sent by mail by the producers / national experts / contest organisers to the WSA Office in Salzburg, Austria, and arrive no later than 25 March 2011. The WSA Office does neither pay for any mailing or transport costs nor for customs duty. All products must be mailed at the cost of the sender.
· Entries in the WSA award have to respect in their contents and user interaction 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 from the jury process.
Similarly, submissions which violate international copyright provisions will be excluded from the jury process.
· The WSA Organizers have the right to reject submission / entry without providing any further reason. The WSA Organizers can not be held liable for accepting of submissions or their contents and rights.
For Nigeria, our country-level registration closes 12.00pm March 20th, 2011. Evaluation and Grand Jury holds in Hong Kong between 6 – 10 April, 2011.