WSA Winners

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.

Bangladesh

http://www.driknews.com/issue/index/multimedia

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.

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.

Ghana

http://ghsmotech.org/

MoTeCH is part of service delivery for maternal health at Antenatal Care. It has two complementary applications: A Mobile-Midwife Application and a Nurse Application. Mobile-Midwife targets pregnant clients with educational and actionable messages tailored to their stages in pregnancy. Couples can both access MoTeCH messages via SMS (text) or voice in the local dialect or English. Clients decide the time of day and frequency at which messages are delivered. With Mobile-Midwife there are no missed events; When a client misses a call she only gives the system a missed call or “flash” to request her messages The Nurse Application is aligned to simplified paper registers to collect clinical information. The midwife enters patient encounters on a simple mobile phone and electronically records care given to clients. This enables easy identification of both mothers and infants and saves time collating information to generate monthly reports, alerts and reminders for clients that need care.

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.

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.

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.

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.transparentnigeria.com

Transparent Nigeria is a movement to hold the Nigerian government accountable for its actions. By publicizing the amount and use of Nigeria’s public funds, the Transparent Nigeria online database aims to change widespread corruption rampant in the country and to offer people an alternative to frustration. Using data from the Ministry of Finance, Transparent Nigeria addresses an audience of 150,000 and growing daily, bringing the generally known discrepancies to public awareness in a more structured way. Users may find out how public servants in federal and state governments are spending the public’s money; what infrastructural projects they have promised to build and how much these projects will cost; how many jobs are purported to be created. Transparent Nigeria also takes note of the compensation public servants receive and aims to hold government and business leaders to accountability, thus bringing about change towards a fairer and less corrupt country.