To date more than 178 countries are actively involved, with a daily growing network of thought leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, government and buisness representatives and young founders.
The World Summit Awards are a global hub for everyone who values the crucial importance of local content to make today’s information society more inclusive.
Be it an app to help the blind using smartphones, or a website reanimating history- the World Summit Awards offer a platform for those, who think beyond the box.
Selection and promotion of best practices in digital innovation with local relevance, content depth and user value from all UN member states
Contribute to the Agenda of UN WSIS and UN Sustainsable Development Goals (SDGs) by showcasing creative usage of digital innovation
Fostering knowledge exchange crossboundery, presenting platforms of inspiration and enhancing a worldwide multi-stakeholder network
Global visibility of WSA activities through national experts network, media partners and strategic cooperation
The World Summit Awards has been initiated in 2003 in the framework of the UN World Summit on the Information Society (UN WSIS) held in Geneva. The declared aim of the conference was to make Information and Communication Technology (ICT) accessible to everyone and to bridge the digital divide. The World Summit Awards (WSA) was established as a means to achieve these goals. The international event selects and promotes the world’s most outstanding e-Content with the target of turning it into shared knowledge. Since, the WSA has been working on putting the UN-WSIS goals into action.
In February 2013, a WSIS+10 review meeting was held in Paris. It aimed to analyze trends and worked out recommendations on how to succeed in shaping a global knowledge society.
With the World Summit Awards being an initiative working to translate the WSIS targets and the governing UN MDG's, from 2016 on, the World Summit Awards contribute to the UN Sustaninable Development Goals by recognizing local digital content with an impact on society, demonstrating the richness and diversity of innovative applications.