WSA Winners

Ghana

http://nandimobile.com/our-services.html

Infoline is a mobile and web service which connects consumers and businesses in emerging markets. Despite the low Internet penetration in Africa and the low-end types of phones available on the continent, the service provides mobile-users the option to send messages to businesses and receive responses from the businesses through a private channel just as their counterparts in Internet-rich regions would send e-mails or use social media. The product also offers its users the convenience of obtaining relevant business information about products and services via SMS just as consumers in technologically advanced countries would use a search engines to search the web. By going round the limitations posed by lack of access to the Internet, this product is providing an alternative for consumers who are in search of information and businesses which are interested in interacting with their customers.

Estonia

http://www.transferwise.com

Banks charge a lot for international money transfers – even when they claim there are ‘no fees’. TransferWise doesn’t. The service allows regular people to access the real, mid-market exchange rate. This is done by using peer-to-peer technology that cuts out traditional bank fees altogether. Customers pay a tiny, fully transparent service charge to access this. We hope it will upend the entire sector in the way Skype did international calls.

Uganda

http://www.gorillahighlands.com

Gorilla Highlands is an interactive electronic book about southwestern Uganda developed by Studio Edirisa using Apple’s free iBooks Author software.People’s heritage and traditional knowledge are seen as vital ingredients for meaningful development and not solely as a tourist attraction. The landscape and people are presented through text, videos, an extensive audio phrasebook in two local languages, interactive illustrations, photo galleries and maps. The material collected for the in-depth companion is unique in its comprehensiveness and has become an essential reference source for the Ugandan public. For the visitor the book provides unparalleled and regularly updated information that opens up seldom visited places. Special attention is given to making the region accessible through detailed public transport listings and road information. A full range of accommodation to suit different budgets is provided. The ebook is part of a Studio Edirisa initiative that aims at an economic and cultural transformation of southwestern Uganda through cultural tourism, multimedia products, branding and promotion. Based on Gorilla Highlands, Studio Edirisa produced a series of weekly radio shows for Ugandan youth interested in tourism employment; they were broadcast on Voice of Kigezi on ten Saturdays between October and December 2012. A network of Gorilla Highlands Trails is being developed, with a 5-day cultural trek between Kabale Town, Kisoro Town and Bwindi National Park as the central product. A free Gorilla Highlands paper booklet was published in August. Gorilla Highlands will work on Mac computers as well, once Apple releases their new operating system (by the end of 2013). Expansion to other platforms is planned for 2014.

Argentina

http://argentina.aula365.com/

Aula365 is the biggest educational network in Ibero America, with more than 3 million children, parents and teachers that collaborates and learn with it. It offers multimedia and interactive support for school and home. With more than 4000 educational resources created by specialists in each subject, Aula365 is a tool that helps children in every grade with their homework, and teachers and parents to offer a fun way of learning to kids. It is a platform where children can apply critical thinking, creative thinking, and fostering cooperative intelligence in a safe environment. Aula365 offers the biggest library of educational content, produced specifically for each subject of the school curricula.

"I picture Aula365 as a transmedia platform that enables fluent relations between students, teachers and parents from all over Iberoamerica. It´s an exclusive scholar tool, with materials that provides a better class, with amazing content (more than 4000 interactive movies that you can watch here: http://beta.aula365.com/aulalandia), stimulating creativity and intercultural dialogue, under an environment of entertainment and in contact with the newest technologies. It's a space where teachers become facilitators and the knowledge is developed with everyone´s collaboration and participation (in Coopernia, our continent of collaboration: http://beta.aula365.com) , so children can feel dignified. It´s a tool that fosters the development of individual capabilities in an integrated system, also promoting entrepreneurship in kids. My purpose for Aula365 is that it becomes an engine that promotes action, emotion and the development of potential in students, so they can be constituted with their creations and celebrate knowledge." Pablo Aristizabal, CEO and Founder of Aula365.

For more information visit http://beta.aula365.com

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Saudi Arabia

http://www.saudi.gov.sa

The national e-Government portal “Saudi” is the central portal by which citizens, residents, businesses and visitors can access and utilize the e-Services offered by the Saudi Arabian government and government agencies. “Saudi” goes beyond classical national e-Services portals, featuring open data, e-Inclusion and e-Participation features accessed via Internet at any time and from anywhere. The e-Gov portal interface is visually appealing, while single-sign-on provides a reliable and convenient identification method. Users can browse the service catalogue and choose from among 1400 electronic services with different levels of sophistication - from informational to very complex transaction-based ones.  In addition, “Saudi” is an important outlet for Saudi Arabian government news and events staged in various regions of the kingdom, also providing a directory of government agencies and links to Saudi regulations, laws, plans and initiatives. In line with the latest trends, “Saudi” is available through multiple channels, both desktop and mobile, complies with W3CAG standards, and is backed by a 24/7 call centre.

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.”

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.

Slovakia

http://www.sheeplive.eu/

The Sheeplive.eu project (OVCE.sk in Slovak) was initiated by the civic association eSlovensko as an integral part of the projects Zodpovedne.sk, Pomoc.sk and Stopline.sk and as a significant prevention tool for implementation and propagation of safer use of the internet, mobile phones and new technologies. Target groups of the project Sheeplive are children and young people. For younger children the project acts as the prevention, for youth it wittily sets mirror of their inappropriate behavior on the Internet and the adult audiences gives an opportunity to learn and be amused. The project has two parts: cartoon series Sheeplive and internet portal Sheeplive.eu.

Sri Lanka

http://www.eta.gov.lk

The Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) and Integrated Border Management System (IBMS) is a web-based system providing 24/7 service, including speedy state of the art issuing of online visas or new passports. Produced by the Sri Lankan Department of Immigration and Emigration, the modular program manages the complete life cycle of border control, as well as of travel document issuance. As the only border management system in South Asia connected to the databases of Interpol, designed to track the online movement of internationally wanted persons using lost/stolen passports, IBS has increased the efficiency of visa authorities and streamlined the online application and issuance procedure. From a cumbersome process taking months, the Decentralized Travel Document module enables the issuing of passports through DI&E Branches in hours, island wide, thus facilitating those in rural areas seeking employment overseas. In addition to the many benefits, the data generated from these applications helps tourism entities to adapt the tourism strategy for visitors to Sri Lanka.

New Zealand

http://www.sciencelearn.org.nz

The Science Learning Hub promotes student interest and engagement in science by providing contemporary, contextualised resources for school teachers from Years 2–10. The Science Learning Hub showcases science using multimedia. It demonstrates the relevance of scientific research to our everyday lives. The website provides a link between science research organisations and science teachers fulfilling an identified need in science education. The Learning Hubs are a national project funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and managed by the University of Waikato.