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WSA Newsletter 05 / 2014

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App Brilliance 2014: 202 shortlisted apps ready for round two!
The WSA-mobile jury completed the first round of evaluation and selected 202 projects for round two
It was a tough, but thorough decision.
Overall, this year’s WSA-mobile Jury agreed upon one major thing: the nominations have been of extremely high quality and creative solutions at its best.
WSA-mobile is even more so proud to present the jury’s selection of 202 projects that made it on the shortlist for the selection process round two. Out of the shortlisted projects the Jury will now select the 40 WSA-mobile winners to be invited to Abu Dhabi, Feb 1-3 2015. The final winner’s will be announced in the first half of September 2014. So stay tuned!

Find the shortlist here…
African Content Award: mobile innovation Africa
Best mobile content and social entrepreneurship from Africa presented in Morocco from Oct 14-17, 2014
The WSA mission comprises to find local apps with local relevance. Hence over its past fourteen years WSA has brought several regional & national initiatives to life. 2014 is the first year of the African Content Award, a regional initiative promoting and recognizing creativity in the region and encouraging collaboration among African countries.
Out of all African submissions for the global WSA, an international jury will select the best African project in each of the 8 WSA categories, produced in Africa by Africans for Africans. The regional winners will be awarded at a specially held Gala during the 2nd Ministerial Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa, organized by the African Development Bank, to be held from October 14-17, 2014 in Morocco, Rabat. The forum will bring together government representatives, private sector, academia, scientists, innovators, and civil society from the region.

Read more…
Tomorrow matters: WSA mobile Jury - democratic voting process at its best!
A short introduction to the international panel of mobile content experts.
The WSA-mobile evaluation criteria are diverse: From the quality of content and comprehensiveness over to the ease of use to performance and craftsmanship and further on to the strategic importance and accessibility; the WSA-mobile Jury has to consider all the various aspects of the shortlisted nominations. For this admittedly tough job, WSA mobile has gathered a 59 headed Jury of internationally renowned and well-connected mobile content experts, who judge all entries in a democratic and open selection process.

They will come up with a list of the most innovative and on the point mobile apps for 2014 that will still matter tomorrow. Together, they view every fine nuance of these products, discuss and evaluate them and finally select the 40 WSA-mobile winners to be celebrated in Abu Dhabi 2015, Feb 1-3.

Get to know our excellent Jury here…
WSA at the Ninth Annual IGF Meeting in Istanbul, Turkey
Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance.
The Ninth Annual IGF Meeting will be held in Istanbul, Turkey on 2-5 September 2014 at the Lütfi Kirdar International Convention and Exhibition Center (ICEC).
Under the overarching theme for the meeting "Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance" WSA will not only be represented by WSA chairman Peter A. Bruck, who will attend the forum in Istanbul to meet with the different stakeholders and report the achievements of the recent WSA-mobile winners, but also the WSA network will be incorporated. Karla Ruiz Cofino from MilknCookies, WSIS+10 and WSA 2011 winner with Mini Mundi, Guatemala, WSA Boardmember & CEO of Afroes Anne Shongwe and WSA expert from Indonesia Shinta Dhanuwardoyo will crontribute to the workshop “Building Local Content Creation Capacity: Lessons Learned”, taking place on Sept 3, 11:30-12:30 in workshop room 10. And moreover WSA experts Osama Manzar, Nariman Hajiyev or Olga Cavalli will participate on the event!

Read more on the IGF…
Your WSA Team 2014

Peter A. Bruck,
Nora Wolloch, Manuela Wagner, Erminio Laudani, Birgit Berger

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