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World Congress on IT puts
Youth Award Winners Center Stage!

Newsletter 09/2012

The picture of the happy Winners clearly shows that the World Summit Youth Award 2012 at WITSA’s 18th World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) in Montreal was a top-notch success story! Not only did the entrepreneurial spirit of the Youth Award Network overrun Montreal with creativity and initiative towards the UN MDGs, this year’s Winners also took the lead and showed the big players how young innovation is working on social good.
It’s a Wrap!
Greatest Hits of the Young Digital Planet 2012
Thanks to the full support of the Youth Award Community and the Winners the Young Digital Planet was a great success! WSYA Chairman Peter A. Bruck moderated an exciting Fishbowl Session with keynote guests such as Philippe Kridelka (Director, UNESCO Office in New York), Ivo Ivanovski (Ministry of Information Society and Administration, Republic of Macedonia), Ralph Simon (Founder & Chairman Emeritus), Walter Betschel (Telfree Group) or Martina Roth (Intel) and of course our glorious WSYA Winners. All of them pitched their projects and analysed the difficulties in creating social interventions.

Nathan Masyuko developer of the interactive game Haki: Shield and Defend (Category Winner: Go Green!) was also among the 8 panelists to participate in a round table at the WCIT program, hosted by TV legend Larry King.

A moment that was just topped by Gala Night and WSYA's Winners Ceremony hosted by WITSA!

A few more things we are happy to announce:
  • WSYA Winners' Booklet is online now! Download it at the WSYA home base.
  • WSYA in pictures! Have a look at the gallery on the WSYA homepage, Flickr or on Facebook!
  • Prepare for a tearful flashback! The WSYA Montreal Video will be out next week, created by our digital hero and visual artist Philipp Benedikt. Watch out for the update.
Network Learn Share
Tips on ways to maximize your Return on Conferences
Attending a conference with other participants from around the world opens up a world of opportunities for growth, learning, and fellowship. Why not take a little time to plan ahead so that you can maximize the results from attending.

The World Summit Youth Award asked the 2012 Winners to share their experience of the Montreal Event. Network – Learn – Share: Alloysius Attha from Farmerline (Category Winner: Fight Poverty, Hunger and Disease!) talks about his three ground rules on how to approach conferences and get the most out of it.

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Ideas in mind, but not sure where to start?
The WSYA Network helps you to boost your Project
You want to make the world a better place? Kanika Gupta Visionary, Chief Catalyst of SoJo and the WSYA networker will help you to get your impact.

The World Summit Youth Award is proud to have such a great network! After the last event in Montreal, we want to share our big community more than ever!

SoJo is a collection of tools and informational resources to inspire and empower you to transform your ideas for social change into reality. As a comprehensive source, it shares all the information needed to guide and support you in your journey of creating social change.

Have a look on Kanikas experiences of the past WSYA event and get inspired by the work she is doing.

What’s next?
The European Youth Award Festival 2012
Can’t wait until WSYA 2013? The next Youth Award Event is already around the corner! Just one week to go for the European Youth Award Festival 2012 and its sidekick EADiM - the European Academy of Digital Media, with lots of speakers from European Universities.

The EYA competition ran parallel with the WSYA and solely focused on European projects addressing the UN MDGs. The 12 Winners will be honoured in Austria's very own UNESCO City of Design, Graz. There they will showcase their projects to an international audience, gain insight in boosting their own initiatives, be celebrated on the Gala Ceremony of EYA and meet with extraordinary like-minded European youth. It promises to be one dynamic, enthusiastic and energetic four days.

Come and join the Winners in Graz! Go ahead, check it out and spread the word!

World Summit Youth Award will be back in 2013!

Where will the next World Summit Youth Award take place? Asia? Africa? Or back in our home base Europe? Still Top Secret! But what we can promise is that it’s going to be a real blast!