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.

Egypt

http://www.masrawy.com

Masrawy is Egypt’s favorite horizontal portal, providing a wide array of content and services that influence day-in and day-out the lives of Egyptians, but the portal has a special focus in covering political news. Masrawy is the web’s one bus stop for Egyptians surfing the internet by providing political news content, videos channel, women content, Islamic advice services, sports content , classifieds ads, many services for the SME’s market and a dedicated channel ran through user-generated content. Masrawy has been and still a pioneer in tailoring services that add value and enrich the lives of Egyptians, for example: The First product to provide the Thanaweya Amma Results to students, “Egypt Talks” series of interviews which presented experts’ advice on Egypt’s political and social view after the revolution, being the first to exclusively online stream Obama’s historical speech at Cairo University and Masrawy chat. The portal continues to be a watchdog for the Egyptian Society.

Italy

http://www.aiep.org/en/chi-siamo

Creating music through movement, INaxyz heralds the creation of a new dance form where the power and grace of the human body translates into innovative musical composition. The simplicity of the electronic devices (five sensors) opens up the possibility of creating solo as well as highly interactive works which can be created by both professional as well as amateur choreographers. The product takes communication between dancers to a new level as they respond to each other both through sound and movement. The possibility of assigning different tones and levels of intensity to different dancers is exciting dimension that introduces new levels of compositional control. It is going to be extremely interesting to see how the various traditions of dance incorporate these new technologies into their repertoire and in this way extend their reach to new audiences. For the younger generation INaxyz can help enchant kids with dance and build their skill levels beyond interactive video gaming dance applications.

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.

Estonia

www.goswift.eu

Crossing the Estonianborder from Russia, an external EU border was once a time-consuming, unsure wrangle lasting days and resulting in bribery, illegal sale of spots in the queue, pollution, traffic safety issues and losses for freight carriers. Since implementation of the GoSwift project, shorter waiting times and the elimination of physical lineups have resulted in an end to the illegal sale of places in line, better security and less waste problems at the border. By allocating a specific time and date for the applicant to cross the border online, GoSwift has created minimum waiting, cleaner surroundings near border crossing points and considerably more movement of cars and trucks due to online efficiency. Using the GoSwift system, trucks and cars can now drive to the border just before the registered border crossing time. Drivers can wait at designated waiting areas where toilets, showers, dining areas, and free WIFI are available, proceeding as scheduled to cross the border easily and on time. As a Private Public Partnership project, the system saves Estonian transport companies four million Euros a year.

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.

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.

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.

TAM
Saudi Arabia

http://i7san.tamhub.com

Create and manage online contests that spur actions to solve strategic challenges. Activities: - Developing Contests Concept - Building ecosystem of right partners - Providing platform - Engaging society Tam works to transform strategic issues into appealing contests for social entrepreneurs. It uses tamhub.com as a platform to link and expose entrepreneurs to the contests and provide them with tips to clarify and master their ideas and projects. It allows the public to engage with entrepreneurs and to express their opinions about the most liked ideas or projects. Contests are defined by subject matter experts, financed by prive sectors, supported by government honory sponsorship, coached by business incubators, promoted by media figurs, and solved by social entrepreneurs. As a neutral player, Tam facilitates the interaction and collaboration between those different stakeholders in order to create a synergetic value that benefits the whole society.

Nigeria

http://www.oponimo.com

The Government of Osun State, as part of its strategic mandate to meet the educational needs of students in Osun state, commissioned a Project Management Office (PMO) to deliver a technology based learning system. This system consists of a total of 150,000 units of provisioned android tablets to be distributed to all the pupils of senior secondary schools in the state. The name of the software solution is Opon Imo Technology Enhanced Learning Systems (OTELS). The OTELS is a stand- alone system which is installed on Android 4.0 tablets PCs. It consists of a compelling self- paced series of off-line courses, conducted in a highly interactive computer- based learning environment and synchronized to a library of relevant e-books and a testing environment.