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WSA Newsletter 08/2013

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Inquisitive robots and fast border crossers:
40 WSA winners announced in Tallinn!
It is done: In 3 long days, the WSA Grand Jury evaluated the world’s best e-content and came to a solution…
That’s how a winner looks like! The learning game “Play Ludwig” about a little inquisitive robot managed to become one of 40 international WSA winners.

A winning formula for the World Summit Award? Not easy, since the winners of the Grand Jury 2013 in Tallinn/Estonia proved once again all the richness and diversity of e-content. From “Play Ludwig”, a learning game about a little robot that travels the abandoned earth, to “GoSwift”, the Estonian solution for quick border crossing: The creativity of the ventures was amazing!

See all the winners of the WSA 2013
 
Innovation comes in many forms
Over 100 participating countries, 8 categories, 40 winners: Innovative projects come in the form of learning tools, open data-ventures and art projects. Check out some of this year’s winners below.

MOTECH

A Ghanaian tool that targets pregnant clients with educational messages tailored to their stages in pregnancy and simplifies paper registers for midwifes to collect clinical information.

Learn more about MOTECH...

Uepaa

Conquer the mountains safely. The Swiss service turns the mobile into a rescue device by using a disruptive phone to phone communication technology.

Learn more about Uepaa...


Transferwise

Banks charge a lot for international money transfers – even when they claim there are ‘no fees’. TransferWise doesn’t. The service allows regular people to access the real, mid-market exchange rate. An idea from Estonia.
Learn more about Transferwise...


I-MOVE to Learn

Helping children with motor delay, the Chinese way: Fun mini games, developed by physiotherapists, which use sensors to detect body movement.
More about Manar...

 
“Let’s talk about this… “ The WSA Grand Jury in Tallinn
What do you get when you invite 17 of the most celebrated international ICT-professionals to meet, search for and talk about the best e-content worldwide? The answer: terrific insights into the digital world of tomorrow, 40 awesome World Summit Award Winners and (very) long days.



Manar Al Hashash (Kuwait) and Whitman Hung (China SAR) worked hard to evaluate the best e-content.
“Let’s talk about this project again”, says Manar Al Hashash, Secretary General of the Kuwait eAward, World Summit Award Grand Jury Member and one of the most famous digital content experts worldwide. With 16 other members of the Grand Jury, she is sitting in the conference room of the Sokos Viru Hotel in Tallinn/Estonia, looking at her laptop, thinking. Is the project she and the other jury members are checking indeed a World Summit Award Winner, one of the best 40 e-content projects word wide? This has to be discussed carefully. It is 11.30 pm, and it already was a day of talks about the 461 participating ventures from more than 100 countries from 9 am in the morning on. That’s right: Our jury members took their job VERY serious, and with good reason: The three days in Tallinn not only led to 40 amazing and truly worthy WSA winners, but also to some amazing insights into the newest ICT-trend.

Check out our jury members of 2013
 
“New introductions are painful, but cool.”
When you meet 17 famous ICT-experts in Estonia, the in terms of digitalization most advanced country in the world, you surely get some intense insight into the newest trends in e-content.



Progressive thinkers in e-content: Taavi Kotka, Deputy Minister - ICT of The Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Ralph Simon (USA), “father of the mobile ringtone”, and WSA chairman Prof. Peter A. Bruck (from left to right) in Tallinn.
Taavi Kotka from the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications speaks in clear words: “New Innovations are always painful”, he says: “They hurt. But they are important. We need to talk the people, tell them: Hey, it’s cool. Try it out.” Indeed, the need of governmental involvement into the world of e-content was one of the main topics at the Grand Jury meetings in Estonia, the business breakfast at the Tallinn Technopol Startup Incubator, the World-cafe-style B2B with Estonian ICT companies and the visit to the Estonian Government which works completely paperless. Check out some exciting statements from the events…

Words of Wisdom: Quotes from Estonia!
“In our country, everything is connected.” (Taavi Kotka, Estonia)

“The secret for creating successful e-content is colloquial contextual relevance” (WSA Grand Jury Member Ralph Simon, USA)
 
All the best from your WSA Team!

Peter A. Bruck, Nora Wolloch, Manuela Wagner, Christoph Seemann


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