WSA Winners

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.

Finland

http://blindsquare.com/

BlindSquare is an augmented reality GPS application for the blind. It obtains information about the surrounding environment from Foursquare and Open Street Maps. It’s algorithms enable it to determine the most relevant information, and then voice it out using high quality speech synthesis. For example, “Whats the most popular café within 200 meters radius?” BlindSquare provides blind people independence by enabling them to travel without help from others.

Austria

http://www.playludwig.com/

Ludwig is a new type of learning game on the topic of renewable energy, which not only conveys knowledge, but is also really fun! The game is based on the curriculum and targeted to adventurers aged 11+. STORYLINE OVERVIEW 2098. Mankind has left the Earth and is now living in space colonies. Ludwig, a research robot from a faraway civilisation and his spaceship are looking for forms of new energy. Unfortunately, mankind´s new space colonies are not listed on his interstellar maps, which results in a fatefull crash with the physis, the biggest station with a billion inhabitants. The crash does not only tear a huge hole into the physis´ protective cover, but also damages Ludwig´s spaceship badly enough for him to lose control of it and crashland on planet Earth. Now it´s a race against time. Will Ludwig succeed and get his spaceship going in time to save the physis?

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.

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.

For more information visit http://beta.aula365.com

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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.

Mexico

http://www.conekta.mx/

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

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.

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.

Switzerland

http://www.uepaa.ch

UEPAA ®, ALPINE SAFETY - BEYOND THE NET

The future alpine safety standard - going far beyond the boundaries of todays' net operators. Uepaa! is a multi-award winning startup that is pioneering the next level of outdoor safety. Launched in summer 2013, the Uepaa! app is developed with Swiss passion and in close collaboration with REGA, Swisscom, Mammut and Bergportal. The Uepaa! app turns the smartphone of more than 25 million outdoor users into an alpine tracking, alerting and rescue device by using a disruptive wireless phone to phone (mesh-) communication technology developed by ETH Zürich.