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.

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.

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.

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.

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

China

http://www.little-prince.com.hk/iMove/

This is a training game designed by physiotherapist. It has 5 mini-games in the platform. The purpose is helping children with motor delay and coordination problem aged 4 to 12, and motivating them to do training by using interactive and colorful games. It uses Kinect for Windows sensor to detect body movement. Players have to use their body as a controller to challenge each level. This game training platform is an aid for physiotherapists’ training and it can also be used at school by teachers, and parents. Then, they can have fun while they are doing training. i-Move to Learn has won an award in the Hong Kong ICT Awards - Best Digital Inclusion category.

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.

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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Switzerland

http://www.uepaa.ch

UEPAA ®, ALPINE SAFETY - BEYOND THE NET

The future alpine safety standard - going far beyond the boundaries of todays' net operators. Uepaa! is a multi-award winning startup that is pioneering the next level of outdoor safety. Launched in summer 2013, the Uepaa! app is developed with Swiss passion and in close collaboration with REGA, Swisscom, Mammut and Bergportal. The Uepaa! app turns the smartphone of more than 25 million outdoor users into an alpine tracking, alerting and rescue device by using a disruptive wireless phone to phone (mesh-) communication technology developed by ETH Zürich.