WSA Winners


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.


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.


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


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.

Serbia portal for South-Eastern European culture was established in 2003 in Belgrade as developmental informative-educational, and presentation-documentary online platform for culture and art in Serbia and the region, with the aim to inform, present and incite development of an open cultural and artistic scene, as well as to help cultural institutions, artists and artistic organizations to present their creative works, participate more actively on the regional, European and the world scene, and to encourage the exchange of ideas, development of critical standpoints, and overcoming of stereotypes. Besides daily updated news about events, cultural policies, open calls, debates and various projects (in Serbian), portal has an Events Calendar, Photo Galleries, Artists’ Gallery, Blog, as well as profile presentations of artists and cultural institutions, providing other opportunities for the creation and distribution of content on the most popular social networks.


verkami ( 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: Our commitment and good practices on crowdfunding have let Barcelona to become the worlds cultural crowdfunding capital, as showed by recent data from Google Trends.


True-Kare it’s a SERVICE to simplify the life of people above 65. It enables one person or institution to provide remote care to another person. The service is based in the communication between two central interfaces: a web self-care portal to the carer and a special mobile phone to the elder person. The service makes the link between the carer and caree to provide several forms of support: -daily activities -medication -health indicators control (Blood Pressure, Glucose, temperature and weight) -GPS location and geofencing -emergency -simplify phone usage The mass market version of the service is to be used by relatives or small institutions to provide informal care to their elder parents. In Portugal the service is being promoted by the main telecom operator and the main TV channel The version to the telecare industry, that follows all the quality standards, procedures and security. The service is integrated in several telecare platforms, namely the biggest in EU and in France.

Kuwait “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.

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Bridging brands and fans with the power of premium creativity. Global brands are using Springleaps unique creative social media marketing campaigns to empower creatives and engage brand fans. To date, Springleap has rewarded creatives with over $300,000 in the last year and placed them on magazines, sites and TV across the world.


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.