Is there a website or mobile application you just can't live without? Was it developed by a person or organization in Qatar? Then nominate it for a World Summit Award!
For details on how to apply, visit ictQATAR website: http://www.ictqatar.qa/output/Page2111.asp
ictQATAR is leading a national nominating committee for the 2011 World Summit Award (WSA), which recognize the world's best e-Content and most innovative ICT applications. It offers a worldwide platform for all who value the creative use of ICTs and who are committed to making today's information society more inclusive.
If you have a project that you would like to be considered for the WSA, please submit in the following format:
- A brief introduction of the project
- The category of the submission
- Website link / application CD (with a clear guide for installation)
- The WSA is open to any company, organization or individual in the content in Qatar.
- The only way to take part in the WSA is to be nominated by a committee.
- There is no limitation regarding the platforms or channels the projects work with.
- All entries have to be real products. No drafts, demonstrations or unfinished projects can be accepted.
- The same product cannot be submitted twice (i.e. submitted again).
- The producer must own the copyright of all pictures, sounds, contents etc. related to the production of his project.
All software used must be licensed.
- The interface of the products can be Arabic and English. All producer and project information must however be in English.
- A product can only be submitted for one category. In case of multiple submissions by the same organization, company or team, each product requires a separate registration.
- None of the materials submitted will be returned. Two copies/versions of each product submitted will be kept in the WSA archive. No commercial use of this archive will be made.
- Incomplete submissions and those not following the WSA guidelines will be withdrawn from the WSA selection process without notice. There is no way of challenging such a decision legally.
- When submitting a project to the WSA Experts (and later Jury), participants automatically agree to the guidelines set out by the WSA team.
- Submitting a product to the evaluation and selection process does by no means entitle a producer to any benefits. There is no way of challenging this decision legally.
- All products to take part in the WSA selection process must be sent by mail by the producers to the pre-selection committee not later than 28th Feb 2011 to the address (ictQATAR's)
- Entries in the WSA award have to respect in their contents and user interaction the UN Declaration on Human Rights. Submissions therefore which encourage war, the exercise of violence, fraud, racism or discrimination will not be accepted and eliminated from the jury process. Similarly, submissions which violate international copyright provisions will be excluded from the jury process.
- The WSA Organizers have the right to reject submission / entry without providing any further reason. The WSA Organizers cannot be held liable for accepting of submissions or their contents and rights.
- The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2011. Qatar submissions to the WSA global contest will be communicated to the selected nominees in 20th March 2011. WSA Judging will take place in Hong Kong in April 2011 (exact dates to be confirmed).
The eight Award Categories are:
e-Government & Institutions
Delivering complete services in public administrations to individuals, businesses and organisations combined with organisational change in order to significantly improve services and democratic processes and strengthen support to public policies; fostering quality and efficiency of information exchange; empowering citizens and public services clients.
e-Business & Commerce
Support and optimization of business processes; creation of new business models in e-commerce and m-commerce, business to business, business to consumers, internet security and other areas; supporting SMEs in the marketplace; using ICTs for buying and selling as well as servicing customers and collaborating with business partners.
e-Culture & Heritage
Preserving and presenting cultural heritage in line with the challenges of the future; demonstrating valuable cultural assets clearly and informatively using state-of-the-art technology; developing the diversity of cultures and sub-cultures and the multilingual nature of societies.
e-Entertainment & Games
Supplying digitized entertainment products and services; entertaining the user in this world's variety of languages and its cultural diversity; supporting movement from one-way to two-way, from single to multiple players, interactive entertainment and the synergy between analogue and digital platforms.
e-Health & Environment
Developing the client-centered model of health care where stakeholders collaborate, utilizing ICT, including internet technologies to manage health issues as well as the health care system; meeting the needs of citizens, patients, healthcare professionals, healthcare providers, as well as policy makers.
e-Inclusion & Participation
Measures supporting integration of the global information society; bringing least developed countries into the knowledge society; reducing ìdigital dividesî between technology-empowered and technology-excluded communities and groups such as rural areas and women; bridging society and strengthening social and political participation of individuals and groups through ICTs.
e-Learning & Education
Serving the needs of learners to acquire knowledge and skills for a complex and globalizing world; transforming schools, universities and other educational institutions through interactive, personalized and distributed learning resources; creating active e-learning communities and target models and solutions for corporate training as well as life-long learning.
e-Science & Technology
Fostering global collaboration in key areas of science, and the next generation of infrastructure that will enable it; providing measures to promote and demonstrate scientific processes and make them accessible to citizens; scientific projects articulated through new media.
WSA Evaluation Criteria
WSA evaluation criteria for best practice in e-Contents and applications:
- Quality and comprehensiveness of content
- Ease of use: functionality, navigation and orientation
- Value added through interactivity and multimedia
- Quality of design (aesthetic value of graphics / music or sounds)
- Quality of craftsmanship (technical realization)
- Strategic importance for the global development of the Information Society
- Accessibility according to the W3C (http://www.w3.org)
For further information please visit www.wsis-award.org
For inquiries about the WSA, contact ictQATAR at: [email protected]
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