The WSA is a unique awards system, selecting and promoting local digital innovation with high impact on improving society. It is a non-monetary award system with a focus on sustainable knowledge transfer through a worldwide network. Winners benefit not from a one-time financial reward, but a lifelong partnership and integration.
The WSA is also a nomination based award system. To participate you need to be nominated by a WSA National Expert as the best national digital application in one of the 8 categories. The nominations to WSA are possible through national contests and national Expert panel selection. Each country can only nominate one project/solution per category.
Through this high-level selection system, please be aware that every country has their own deadlines for the call. The generally communicated WSA deadline is the timeframe of the global call and communicates the last possible date of a nomination by the national expert panel.
WSA categories reflect the UN WSIS action lines and are updated regularly to meet the development of the markets. For the edition of the World Summit Awards 2021 the categories are:
GOVERNMENT & CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT - services | open data | democratic participation
HEALTH & WELL BEING - medical care | sport | lifestyle
LEARNING & EDUCATION - knowledge | science | skills
ENVIRONMENT & GREEN ENERGY - climate | sustainable resources | agriculture
CULTURE & TOURISM - heritage | entertainment | subcultures
SMART SETTLEMENTS & URBANIZATION - mobility | productive work | sustainable living
BUSINESS & COMMERCE - innovative services | security | finance | marketing
INCLUSION & EMPOWERMENT - diversity | gender | justice | human right
How to apply
Find out who your WSA National Expert is. Then you can contact the WSA office and them will be happy to introduce you to your WSA National Expert. Once you have contacted your expert, they will go through the steps you will need to take in order to qualify for national selection with you.
Some countries also offer application through a national contest.
The application procedure for the WSA & WSA Young Innovators requires detailed information on your product that you have to provide in the WSA Database. All producer and project information in the WSA Database must, however, be in English to make the application easier for the international jury to evaluate and process and hence promote your project the best.
For more information, please visit: https://www.worldsummitawards.org/contest/
Deadline for applications: 31 August 2021