UN World Summit Award calls for entries – Deadline March 25th, 2011
World Summit Awards

General Info

Salzburg, February 7th, 2011

You do not have to have a big marketing machinery or millions to invest if you want to show the world that you have produced a great web content, outstanding app or other superb digital media. You can now enter your product for the national pre-selection of the international World Summit Award. Five winners in each of the 8 categories will be able to present their product on a world stage and gain international standing and reputation. “The WSA offers a level playing field for developers from all 160 countries participating,” stresses WSA Chairman Peter A. Bruck. “That is what is special about the WSA. 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.” The World Summit Award is a global initiative to select and promote the world’s best digital contents, held every two years. The national selection is either done through direct nomination by the national expert, by a committee or by a national competition.

The national expert for each country can be found on
Projects can be submitted until March, 25th in eight categories:

1. e-Government & Institutions
2. e-Health & Environment
3. e-Learning & Education
4. e-Entertainment & Games
5. e-Culture & Heritage
6. e-Science & Technology
7. e-Business & Commerce
8. e-Inclusion & Participation

After the nominations are complete, an international jury will come together in Hong Kong for a multiday-session to evaluate the submissions on the basis of content and creativity. Jury members come from all continents and have backgrounds in the creative industries, telecommunication, advertising, journalism and research, as well as in teaching. The Jury will be hosted by the Internet Professional Association (iProA). Winners will have the chance to present their projects, network with business partners and meet other experts in the field of ICT at the WSA 2011 Winners event in fall.

About the WSA

The World Summit Award (WSA), organised by the International Center for New Media (ICNM) in Salzburg, was started in 2003 as part of the UN’s World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). It is a global initiative to select and promote the world’s best e-Content and innovative ICT applications; to date more than 160 countries are actively involved. Through national pre-selections and contests and a global jury process, WSA demonstrates the local diversity and rich creativity of ICT use. WSA is a global hub for everyone who values the crucial importance of local content to make today’s information society more inclusive.

The World Summit Award (WSA) is the global contest to select best practice in e-Content and innovative ICT applications. The contest shows that new media keep the promise and can contribute to a better world. It increases public awareness for ingenious content ideas and applications with a twist, thus assisting in marketing high-quality multimedia products.

e-Content products or ICT application are entered in the WSA via national contests. The national winners in the eight WSA categories are submitted by the Eminent Expert from each country based on the national jury process. In the absence of an open national contest, Eminent Experts conduct a national selection panel in order to select in an objective and fair manner the best from their countries.

Categories & Rules


Health, politics, business, science, education, culture, but also entertainment — these are the most crucial social issues of every-day life for everybody. To further improve their knowledge in these fields, people from everywhere — rich or poor — must have access to quality e-Contents and applications. 

WSA Experts are asked to nominate from their country one product or application where ICTs are used to address the following issues which are grouped into 8 categories:

  • 1.        e-Government & Institutions

Delivering complete services in public administrations to individuals, businesses and organisations combined with organisational 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.


· The WSA is open to any company, organisation 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 (i.e. submitted again).

· 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 organisation, 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 31 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 processs. Similarly, submissions which violate international copyright provisions will be exculded 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.

Contact: Dr. Susan Hazan

WSA Coordinator, Israel

c/o ICNM – International Center for New Media
Moosstrasse 43a | 5020 Salzburg | Austria
+43-662-630408 |