Contest Rules - What to keep in mind when you wish to participate

1 | General Contest Rules

  • The World Summit Award (WSA) looks for digital applications that have a strong impact on society in one of the 8 WSA categories. WSA focusses on content depth, stratig value and local impact of a product.
  • The World Summit Youth Award (WSYA) contest is a competition for young (below the age of 30) digital innovators who adress with their digital content and applications the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • By submission of a project, producers accept the rules of the WSA contests as stated on this page.
  • All submittiors to the WSA have to abide by the rules and regulations mentioned in 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. Similarly, submissions that violate international copyright provisions will be excluded .
  • WSA can not be held liable for accepting of submissions or their contents and rights.

2 | Who can apply?

  • WSA is open to any company, organisation or individual in the content industry in any UN and UNESCO member state.
  • WSYA is restricted to digital innovation initiated and executed by young people under the age of 30 (born on or after January 1, 1986) from any of the UN and UNESCO member states.

3 | Application and submission of projects to the WSA

  • Taking part in the WSA is eligible through either of the following: (1) to be nominated by a national expert, (2) to be nominated by a National WSA Committee, established by a national expert, (3) to win at a national WSA pre-selection contest.
  • 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.
  • Submission is free of charge.

4 | Participation and submission of projects to the WSYA

  • Projects are nominated by a Youthaward Ambassador or by a former Winner. If your project is nominated, you are automatically shortlisted and in round 2.
  • The registration can be completed online via the Youthaward database. Your project will be evaluated in round 1 and only the best projects in each category will be shortlisted and in round 2.
  • The registration procedure includes acceptance of the Terms and Conditions form. By accepting submitters confirm that they are the rightful owners to the necessary rights to submit the project. These rights include the copyright, right for using pictures, sound or audio components.

5 | Which projects are suitable for WSA 2016?

  • Submissions for the WSA 2016 can contain mobile applications, sms based products, mobile games and interactive mobile productions.There is no limitation regarding the platforms or channels the projects work with.
  • All submissions have to be launched produts. No drafts, demonstrations or unfinished projects can be accepted.
  • All submitted products must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2014. For a project or product completed earlier the submitters have to document that significant alterations and / or improvements and / or additions have been made in the period thereafter.
  • A product can only be submitted for one category. In case of multiple submissions by the same organisation, company or team, each product requires a separate registration. Submissions which have been submitted in the WSA in previous years cannot be submitted again. For a project which has been already submitted before, the submitters have to document significant alterations and / or improvements and / or additions.
  • Any submitted product must be free of offensive or plagiarized content and may not violate human rights as laid out in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and its application by international human rights courts or panels recognized by the United Nations Organization.

6 | Which projects are suitable for WSYA 2016?

  • The projects, products, or applications must be fully functional and operational at the time of submission and must be accessible via the internet whether it is designed for fixed line, broadband or mobile use.
  • Submissions must be made in one of the six categories of the WSYA: 1. Fight Poverty, Hunger and Disease; 2. Education 4 all; 3. Women Empowerment; 4. Go Green, Climate Change; 5. Digital Generation; 6. Innovation for SDGs.
  • The submitted product or application must be completed after January 1st, 2014. For a project or product completed earlier the submitters have to document that significant alterations and / or improvements and / or additions have been made in the period thereafter.
  • Products / projects or applications which have been submitted in the WSYA in previous years cannot be submitted again. For a project which has been already submitted before, the submitters have to document significant alterations and / or improvements and / or additions.
  • Winning project can not be submitted twice.
  • The submitted product or application must be free of offensive or plagiarized content and may not violate human rights as laid out in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and its application by international human rights courts or panels recognized by the United Nations Organization.

7 | WSA & WSYA exploitation rights and copy rights

  • By submitting a project to the WSA, producers provide the WSA office with the exploitation rights for the submitted videos, pictures and other content for non-commercial use for the promotion of the nominated product, presented in print, broad-cast and any other forms of media, as well as for events.
  • 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.
  • WSA has the right to share promotional material and information about the submitted projects with potential investors and sponsoring partners.
  • By submitting an application to the WSA, participants automatically subscribe for the WSA newsletter.

8 | WSA Contest Language

  • The interface of the products can be in any of the United Nations official languages. All producer and project information must however be in English. General language of the WSA is English.

9 | Exclusion and disqualification of Submissions from the WSA Process

  • Incomplete submissions and those not following the WSA guidelines will be withdrawn from the WSA selection process without notice. There is no legal recourse possible against the decision of disqualification for the below reasons. The WSA Organizers have the right to reject submission / entry without providing any further reason and notice.
  • Malfunctioning of the product during the time of the jury evaluation can lead to disqalification. Submitters are held responsible to make sure their products are functioning for Jury Evaluation.
  • Further withdrawal reasons are: Lack of ownership of creative rights or infringement of copyrights of others; false registration information, non-confirmation to the rules of the contest guidelines.

10 | Category switch

  • The jury has the right to switch a submission from one category to another, if the category chosen by the producer is recognised as not suitable. A category switch is the result of a decision by jury members.
11 | Winners Selection
  • The winners will be selected from among the submissions in each category through the jury process as published on the website. No legal recourse is possible against the Jury decision.