WSA Winners

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New Zealand

http://www.ponoko.com

Ponoko helps product designers become superstars. Ponoko makes it easy for designers to both make and sell their products online, 10x faster and cheaper than traditional methods. Direct online access is guaranteed to both manufacturing (with no minimum order size) and consumers (with no retail curator). Designers upload designs to their online Personal Factory and select materials to instantly verify, price and order prototypes and custom products. They can then add them to the marketplace for sale. Personal Factory speeds the process and reduces the cost of turning designs into products and into businesses. This is a major change in the way new products are brought to market, unleashing the world's product design creativity and commerce. To date, Ponoko designers have produced over 300,000 custom products.

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.

Kuwait

http://www.beatona.net

www.Beatona.net “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.