Random 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.

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.

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.

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.

India

http://www.enajori.com

The site Enajori stands out as a pioneer because it is the first online monthly bilingual magazine from the state of Assam in northeast India. Assam is famous for its tea and cultural diversity, but also suffers from conflict and underdevelopment. The content coverage on Enajori showcases the cultural richness of this state and includes local music, cinema, literature, wildlife and tourism, as well as e-novels. It is enabled for mobile users as well, thus extending the reach to a wider reader base. The jury commends Enajori for giving a digital home to local Assamese as well as useful resources for visitors to the state from other parts India and the outside world. Young readers will also appreciate the children’s section of the site. There are participatory components of the site as well, with sections such as Photographer of the Month. Some content is also translated into English for international readers, and earlier monthly editions of the magazine are archived. The site’s book catalogue lists publications dating back to the year 1849. In keeping with the times, there are also links to videos and soundclips of Assamese songs. The site already draws an estimated 250,000 readers each month, after less than three years of launch. The jury appreciates the scholarly contribution of the site as well as the contemporary content. The site showcases the diverse use of the Internet as a medium for both historical content (eg. chronologies) as well as participatory content (eg. user-contributed photographs). The jurors regard the site as a good example for other cultural groups also to follow, for cultural preservation and enjoyment.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mexico

http://www.conekta.mx/

Conekta is a platform that allows businesses in Mexico to process online payments using both online and offline methods. Using Conekta’s technology, any business can start transacting in minutes. We are revolutionizing the way people transact in Latin America through tools which automate the payments experience and are more efficient than traditional methods currently used. Conekta provides channels accessible to the majority of the market in countries like Mexico, including offline methods, channels that are previously disregarded by dominant payment solutions (Brantree, Paypal). With Conekta, our customers create the payment experience that they need and we handle the entire transaction process from security to recurring payments. Conekta is built for any kind of transaction, whether it is charging for a service, selling physical products, taking donations, ecommerce offers, or enabling marketplaces for third parties