ictQATAR Invites Entries for World Summit Award e-Content 2015 Contest

Sunday, April 19, 2015
ictQATAR Invites Entries for World Summit Award e-Content 2015 Contest

The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology is now accepting applications at the national level for World Summit Award e-Content 2015 Contest and calls for entries from Qatar’s digital content creators for WSA 2015.

The application process is now open with Ms. Reem Al-Mansoori, Assistant Undersecretary of Digital Society Development, ictQATAR, being the national expert spearheading the nomination process for the State of Qatar.

Individuals, public and private entities, companies, universities, NGOs and all institutions are invited to join the competition by submitting their best digital content from today until May 18, 2015. E-content could be webpages, offline and kiosk installations, mobile applications, games and interactive productions.

All submitted products must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2013.

The competition, which is free, aims at recognizing and honoring the national efforts for developing excellent and interactive digital content that contributes to social and economic boom in Qatar toward building a knowledge-based society.

“We are very interested in competing at the World Summit Award contest in order to continue supporting and honoring the best digital content in Qatar, as well as encouraging individuals and agencies to create more such great e-content that contributes to the social and economic boom in the country,” said Al-Mansoori.

“The contest is a great opportunity to recognize the e-content created in Qatar and around the world. We invite all individuals and agencies with outstanding e-content to apply for the competition to be recognized and honored at the national and global levels,” she added.  

The eight WSA categories reflect most crucial social issues of every-day life around the globe. If your e-content adds substantial value to one of the following categories, then it is high time to get in contact with your national expert and apply for WSA 2015. The national expert will nominate one product for each of these eight categories:

  • Government & Open Data,
  • Health & Environment,
  • Learning & Science,
  • Entertainment & Games,
  • Culture & Tourism,
  • Media & News,
  • Business & Commerce,
  • Inclusion & Empowerment

Read more about the national expert for Qatar here, check the contest website here, and read more about the categories and rules here.

Individuals and agencies with great digital content are invited to submit their entries to ictQATAR via email: wsa@ict.gov.qa to be considered for nomination. ictQATAR will be accepting nominations from today until May 18, 2015. Only one product or app can be nominated from Qatar in each category.

The WSA is the global follow-up initiative of the UN World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) organized by the International Center for New Media (ICNM), Salzburg, Austria. It partners with the key UN organizations and agencies in the framework of the UN Geneva Agenda and the Tunis Action Plan and selects and promotes the world's best e-content and innovative ICT applications; to date more than 160 countries are actively involved. Through national pre-selections and contests together with a global jury process, WSA demonstrates the local diversity and rich creativity of ICT use. WSA is a global hub for everyone who values the crucial importance of local content to make today’s information society more inclusive.

Evaluation is based upon the concept of excellence in content and creativity and includes innovation in terms of applications. The WSA is a content-focused award and does not evaluate the commercial success or the organizational implementation and use of products.

After the national pre-selection period, a jury of eminent experts will come together to evaluate the submissions and select the 40 best products from hundreds of national nominations. The 40 WSA winners will get the chance to present their products at the WSA World Congress.

The event will also offer a platform for high-level experts, industry leaders, and government representatives to discuss innovation in digital content. For more information and contest criteria, please visit this link.