Random Winners

Germany

http://lobbyplag.eu/

Lobbyplag is a discovery and mapping tool for the interference of lobbyists with lawmaking. Lobbyplag.eu is a citizens discovery platform for the lawmaking process. Using a crowdsourced process, change proposals made by lobbying groups are mapped to actual changes in the text of upcoming legislation - and to the lawmakers who propose them. As Wired UK says about us: “LobbyPlag is designed to get the word out, get the public thinking about who writes laws that will remain for decades (and how), and to encourage the public to help out with the mammoth task of analysing more documents for comparisons. (...) LobbyPlag is there to help avoid any bad choices being made that will be permanently be written into the word of the law.”

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.

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.

South Africa

http://www.springleap.com

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.

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.

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.

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.

New Zealand

http://www.sciencelearn.org.nz

The Science Learning Hub promotes student interest and engagement in science by providing contemporary, contextualised resources for school teachers from Years 2–10. The Science Learning Hub showcases science using multimedia. It demonstrates the relevance of scientific research to our everyday lives. The website provides a link between science research organisations and science teachers fulfilling an identified need in science education. The Learning Hubs are a national project funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and managed by the University of Waikato.

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.

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.

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