WSA Winners

Spain

http://www.verkami.com

verkami (http://verkami.com) is the leading crowdfunding platform in Spain and Europe for cultural and creative projects. Weve created a unique ecosystem where artists can get in touch with their public, build audiences and fund their projects. In two years and a half since we came on-line, more than 1300 projects have seen the light with the contributions from 160.000 cultural consumers, raising more than 6.2M€. More important, we have a sustained 70% success rate (3 out of 4 projects raise the funds they are looking for) which is the highest rate in the world for platforms of our kind. This is due to a combination of a powerful tool and our unique approach of curating each and every one of the submitted projects. All this can be seen in our live stats: http://vkm.is/stats Our commitment and good practices on crowdfunding have let Barcelona to become the worlds cultural crowdfunding capital http://vkm.is/p1, as showed by recent data from Google Trends.

Kuwait

http://www.beatona.net

www.Beatona.net “Our Environment” is the Kuwait Official Environmental Portal, a “One-Stop Shop” for sharing authentic environmental information related to Kuwait. This web-portal is designed using top of the line technology to present scientifically valid information in simple and meaningful form for the people of Kuwait and the larger world in both Arabic and English languages. Beatona uniquely addresses the different levels of people ranging in different age groups by enriching their knowledge about the environment, and allows them to be part of the system by allowing them to contribute in improving the knowledgebase through various online interactive tools over the internet.

Egypt

http://presentationtube.com

PresentationTube Network offers a free video presentation recorder (for Windows) and online network to help teachers and learners in Egypt produce, upload and share quality digital video content in a new and effective way. The recording application is easy-to-use and allows the teacher to synchronize a variety of visual aids, including his/her audio and video footage, PowerPoint slides, hand-written text, drawings, and web content. The network integrates many interactive features, such as comments, and slide-thumbnail, allowing learners to interact with the teacher and with each other, and move to the respective video content and control both the time and progress of video presentation to address their specific needs. Video presentations can be used in various on-campus and off-campus e-learning settings to provide more realistic support to learner, and create engagement. Video content is accessible via the Internet using any operating system, standard browser, or mobile device.

Iceland

http://www.eveonline.com

EVE Online is a spectacular, captivating gaming experience where hundreds of thousands of players compete within the same virtual cosmic universe for riches, power, glory and adventure. In EVE, players can create and live out their most virtuous or sinister dreams, piloting starships through a futuristic galaxy featuring a sophisticated, player-run economy and solar systems rife with treasures to be discovered. With professions ranging from commodities trader to mercenary, industrial entrepreneur to pirate, mining engineer to fleet commander and more, EVE players have access to a diverse array of tools and interfaces to forge their own exhilarating path. EVE players can also interact within EVE Gate, a Web-based portal for the EVE community to connect, organize and communicate outside the game itself. Learn more and sign up for a free trial at www.eveonline.com.

Romania

http://scolispeciale.edu.ro/Pagini/default.aspx

The project “Support for the Special Education System through Specialized Educational Portal” is initiated by the Ministry of National Education and is designed as a complex solution, servicing 14000 students with special educational needs. The integrated solution implemented by SIVECO Romania for the special education system in Romania is based on cutting-edge technologies and is adaptable, flexible and cost-effective. The solution is specially designed to help special needs children to observe, discover, prove, verify and measure results of different experiments and simulations, based on real life situations. The special education portal, is the most important Romanian portal dedicated to children with special education needs. The portal comprises a virtual laboratory based on simulations, experiments, video-clips, animations, all meant to stimulate the children’s natural curiosity and to engage them in a pleasant learning experience, providing guidance and permanent feedback.

France

https://itunes.apple.com/fr/app/jumieges-3d/id556799877?mt=8

Jumieges 3d is a new and innovative way of visiting the Abbey. Today, the nicest ruin in France, as Victor Hugo said, is open to the public. Highly romantic as a ruin, it is quite hard to imagine the greatness and impressive size of the site before its destruction during the French revolution. Jumieges 3D experience proposes to the public a new spectacular way of visiting the site: the opportunity to superimpose thanks to an iPad the abbey as it was in 5 different periods of its construction, thanks to augmented reality. Mobile augmented reality, on site or through a free of charge app, on mobiles and tablets, drive the visitor into the glorious past of the Abbey, from the 9th to the 18th Century, on 4 different Points of Interest, the 3d reconstitution being linked to more classical audio or video cultural content. This application, on place since September 2012, has already been downloaded thousands of time and meets a great succes on site.

Finland

http://www.kineticstories.com/

Kids love a good story - and actually so do we as adults. Kinetic Stories is a series of storybooks that mix traditional storytelling with the latest developments in motion tracking and speech recognition technology. Through this unique combination, a Kinetic Story allows any child (or playful adult) to literally step in to the role of their favorite storybook character. In Kinetic Stories, the child becomes an active part of the storytelling experience. A story in the series inspires the child to do what comes most naturally to them - telling a story through their own movements and voice. While doing so, the child keeps developing both their mental and physical capabilities. A key aspect in the concept, the printed book represents a continuation of the same story outside the digital realm. The interactive version can be updated and hidden content can be uncovered by showing certain pages of the printed book to the sensor device at key times.

Bangladesh

http://www.driknews.com/issue/index/multimedia

The Rural Visual Journalism Network (RVJN) is an innovative initiative where trained district correspondents use Apple i-Pod Touch technology to produce multimedia stories from rural Bangladesh. The correspondents’ multimedia stories focus on addressing specific issues faced by media and by rural citizens of Bangladesh.

United States of America

http://newurbanmechanics.org

New Urban Mechanics (NUM) is a multi-city civic innovation incubator and R&D network dedicated to improving the lives of city residents. NUM serves two key functions: 1. to serve as a front-door for civic innovators (both inside and outside of government) that are trying to connect with local government to deliver innovative solutions to local challenges, and 2. works as a risk aggregator by creating a safe-place for government officials and their community collaborators to experiment. Each of the cities in the New Urban Mechanics Network develops a pipeline of projects that address issues relevant to their city. In Boston the focus has ben on civic engagement, while in Philadelphia the focus has been on supporting civic entrepreneurs.

Germany

http://lobbyplag.eu/

Lobbyplag is a discovery and mapping tool for the interference of lobbyists with lawmaking. Lobbyplag.eu is a citizens discovery platform for the lawmaking process. Using a crowdsourced process, change proposals made by lobbying groups are mapped to actual changes in the text of upcoming legislation - and to the lawmakers who propose them. As Wired UK says about us: “LobbyPlag is designed to get the word out, get the public thinking about who writes laws that will remain for decades (and how), and to encourage the public to help out with the mammoth task of analysing more documents for comparisons. (...) LobbyPlag is there to help avoid any bad choices being made that will be permanently be written into the word of the law.”