Young people using digital technologies to change the world for the better
| The entrepreneurial spirit of the WSYA 2013 winners overran Sri Lanka with creative initiatives towards the UN MDGs and showed the big players how young innovation is working on social good. |
From October 23-26, the WSA Global Congress showcased the world’s most excellent ICT-creations and the latest trends in e-Content with a turnout of over 500 participants coming from 43 UN member states. A four-day event that featured visionary keynotes, interactive discussions, workshops, winners’ presentations and the Gala Ceremony that brought the 18 winners of the Youth Award together onto a global stage.
A new generation of young activists fighting for ‘The World We Want’
Social initiatives coming from 15 countries!
It is time for MDG Momentum. With less than 900 days left to accelerate action and looking beyond 2015 to the challenges of sustainable development, the WSYA winners had the opportunity to share at the WSA Global Congress their contributions to the most successful anti-poverty push in history.
The new generation of activists proved how youth entrepreneurship is creating socially progressive e-Content that tackles today’s most pressing issues: An app
that trains Colombian women from rural areas in financial matters, a France-based open-knowledge project
that enables collaboration and digital empowerment by building computers inside plastic jerry cans, or a youth and cultural activist network
triggering action through dialogue and self-expression in Zimbabwe.
A meeting point for brilliant minds coming from India, Slovenia, Bahrain, France, Egypt, Serbia, Tanzania, Guatemala, Canada, Zimbabwe, Indonesia, Mexico, Greece, Paraguay and Sri Lanka
, that turned Colombo into a global stage to map out the priorities about the ‘The World We Want’
that will help the UN to launch the new development agenda in 2015.
Download the catalogue
Watch the winners’ presentations
Blog & Galleries
Youth innovation takes over the WSA Global Congress
Spaces for e-Development: we choose to act!
| Thanks to the full support of the Youth Award Community, the WSA Global Congress was a great success! WSYA Chairman Peter A. Bruck moderated an exciting Fishbowl Session with keynote guests such as Gary Schwartz (CEO, Impact Mobile, USA), Janine Warner (Founder, The Digital Family, USA), or David Shelters (Financial Advisor, Author, Blogger, USA/Thailand), and the WSYA Winners. || |
| || WSYA winners Roberto Ruz, developer of the ‘Eres lo que publicas’, Gloria Silas, creator of ‘African Queens Project’, and Maninder Singh Bajwa, main producer of ‘iScuela’, were also among the 8 panelists to participate in the ‘Social Entrepreneurship, Social Activism, Youth taking action on MDGs’ Innovation Session. |
Highlights of the event were also the Lightening Talks
at the Presidential Secretariat of Sri Lanka, the Breakfast Workshops
at the Kingsbury Hotel, the Business Matching World Café
which featured a speed dating for young professionals, and the Gala & Award Ceremony
at Mount Lavinia Beach that honored the WSYA winners and served as a happy ending to a 4-day triumph story.
- The WSA Global Congress from the perspective of 16-year-old Kassie Papasotiriou, winner of the WSYA 2013 with her project Book for Book (Greece). She is one of the youngest winners in the history of the competition!
Spread the word of WSYA 2014!
Best regards from your WSYA Team
Peter A. Bruck, Charlotte Dreyer, Angel Chacon, Birgit Kolb, Johannes Zeller
You have received this email because you have subscribed to receive the WSYA-EYA newsletter, or because you are our partner. Your email address will never be shared with third parties. If you wish to be removed from our newsletter, send a reply e-mail with “unsubscribe” in the message subject and we will remove your e-mail from our database.