WSA Winners

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.

Serbia

http://www.SEEcult.org

SEEcult.org 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), SEEcult.org 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.

Romania

http://scolispeciale.edu.ro/Pagini/default.aspx

The project “Support for the Special Education System through Specialized Educational Portal” is initiated by the Ministry of National Education and is designed as a complex solution, servicing 14000 students with special educational needs. The integrated solution implemented by SIVECO Romania for the special education system in Romania is based on cutting-edge technologies and is adaptable, flexible and cost-effective. The solution is specially designed to help special needs children to observe, discover, prove, verify and measure results of different experiments and simulations, based on real life situations. The special education portal, is the most important Romanian portal dedicated to children with special education needs. The portal comprises a virtual laboratory based on simulations, experiments, video-clips, animations, all meant to stimulate the children’s natural curiosity and to engage them in a pleasant learning experience, providing guidance and permanent feedback.

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.

Iceland

http://www.eveonline.com

EVE Online is a spectacular, captivating gaming experience where hundreds of thousands of players compete within the same virtual cosmic universe for riches, power, glory and adventure. In EVE, players can create and live out their most virtuous or sinister dreams, piloting starships through a futuristic galaxy featuring a sophisticated, player-run economy and solar systems rife with treasures to be discovered. With professions ranging from commodities trader to mercenary, industrial entrepreneur to pirate, mining engineer to fleet commander and more, EVE players have access to a diverse array of tools and interfaces to forge their own exhilarating path. EVE players can also interact within EVE Gate, a Web-based portal for the EVE community to connect, organize and communicate outside the game itself. Learn more and sign up for a free trial at www.eveonline.com.

Austria

http://www.whatchado.net/

WHATCHADO is a combination of storytelling handbook and standardized format of short films on real-life job descriptions that we developed and refined in the past years in Vienna, Austria. It was initiated and founded by former class fellows and longtime friends who loved to probe people on their lives and backgrounds. That is why we started to develop WHATCHADO and eventually went public in 2012. WHATCHADO was created by young people for young people. We are more than 20 people originating from 13 different countries and we deliver career information that matters. We understand today’s generation as we belong to them. We experienced on our own the great misery in pursing a career that does not match one’s interests and likings before. Hence, we give users a real chance to find their calling. In 2013 we have been even appointed European Youth Ambassador for life.

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.

Lithuania

http://aqualingua.org/

The website Aqua Lingua accompanied by motto: “See What You Hear” provides a unique possibility to create personal water pictures using human voice or other sounds. The main idea is to offer a possibility to see our words, music or other sounds. The water surface is stirred by individual sound using the novel patented technology of converting durable sound into a single image. All the audio waves regenerate into water waves and are photographed. Amazing photo revealing the invisible beauty and harmony of sound is made into artwork and sent to client along with the certificate of its originality. The picture contains a QR code that enables to listen to the original visualized sound at anytime. Every visualization is unique – as unique is human voice, its timbre, intonation, sense and meaning of words. Aqua Lingua provides an unusual opportunity to see what is invisible, to make an exceptional award of honor, to create personal present for your beloved one or materialize a dear memory.

Tunisia

http://www.marsad.tn

Marsad reports parliament member presence, discussion, voting, actions, resolutions, electronic media coverage and people feadback. Marsad is delivering all data about people representatives in innovative and attractive manner. Drafts, budgets, laws and all discussed material and resolutions of the parliament are free for access and loading. Parliament member assiduity, voting, participation and media coverage is present in high quality manner using high resolution and dynamic graphics and charts. Through Marsad, Citizens, political parties and civil society can easly access to open data and follow up and judge people representatives and motivate their voting and support. Marsad is delivering high quality content taking advantage of ICT to promote political journalism and serve democracy practicing in Tunisia. Marsad is compatible with common and newest web and multimedia standards.

Portugal

http://www.true-kare.com

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.