The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is calling for nominations for WSIS Prizes 2017, an annual award that recognizes and rewards successful development-oriented strategies that leverage the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) that also help advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The contest closes on 15 February 2017. Eligible stakeholders can submit their projects online through the WSIS website. Champions will be announced on 25 April 2017 and Winners will be announced during the WSIS Prizes Ceremony at the WSIS Forum 2017 (12-16 June 2017).
The WSIS Prizes contest was held for the first time in 2012, and rapidly gained attention and popularity within the ICT for Development (ICT4D) community, attracting over 200,000 stakeholders since its inception. Now entering its sixth year, it continues to highlight progress made towards achieving the WSIS Action Lines and sustainable development through greater alignment with the SDGs.
Past WSIS Prize Winners and Champions Continue to Inspire
As Winners and Champions of WSIS Prizes, projects and organizations benefit greatly from the community of support from WSIS stakeholders and ongoing engagement with the development community.
Nepal-based YoungInnovations won the 2015 WSIS Prize for their project FightVAW, an online tracking, measuring and enforcement tool to end gender based violence (GBV). FightVAW is an ICT-based initiative that provides survivors of violence against women with an alternative means of reporting their cases, via phone call, SMS and over the Internet.
As the Winners in the category ‘the role of governments and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development’, the organization has continued to grow and engage more citizens in its mission to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG5), Achieve Gender Equality and Empower Women and Girls.
A representative for YoungInnovations said, “after WSIS awards, FightVAW gained national recognition with more stakeholders curious about the project implementation and impact. We managed to increase partnerships with new organizations to assist mainstreaming of project at national level.”
Last year’s WSIS Prize Champion in the category ‘cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content’, Natalia Ovsyanko from Belarus stated, “participating in the WSIS Forum also helps to reinforce the knowledge sharing necessary to undertake steps towards advancing the Sustainable Development Goals.”
Five Phases of the WSIS Prizes Contest:
SUBMISSION PHASE / 5 September 2016 – 15 February 2017
Deadline for last submission: 23:00 CEST. Stakeholders are invited to submit WSIS related projects to the WSIS Prize 2017 contest.
NOMINATION PHASE / 16 February – 15 March 2017
Review of submitted projects by the Expert Group and announcement of projects nominated for voting phase.
VOTING PHASE / 16 March – 15 April 2017
Deadline for casting last vote: 23:00 CEST. Public Online Voting of Nominated Projects (identification of five projects per category with the highest number of votes).
SELECTION PHASE / 16 April – 25 April 2017
Selection of Winning Projects by the Expert Group.
PRIZE CEREMONY / WSIS Forum 2017 (12 June – 16 June 2017)
Public announcement of winners during WSIS Prize 2017 Ceremony at WSIS Forum 2017, and the release of the WSIS Stocktaking: Success Stories 2017 publication.
To find out more about the WSIS Prizes and submit your project, visit the website by 15 February 2017.