Posted on May 03, 2018

The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) has started accepting applications at the national level for World Summit Awards for Digital Innovation 2018. The application process is open until May 31. Individuals, public and private entities and companies are encouraged to join the competition by submitting their best digital innovations to compete on all categories. 

Winners will represent Qatar at the global level. WSA 2018 categories reflect the United Nations WSIS action lines and are updated regularly to meet the development of the markets. The categories are: Government & Citizen Engagement, Health & Wellbeing, Learning & Education, Environment & Green Energy, Culture & Tourism, Smart Settlements & Urbanisation, Business & Commerce and Inclusion & Empowerment. A local jury, to be formed by the national expert for the Awards from Qatar, MoTC's Assistant Undersecretary for Digital Society Development Affairs Reem al Mansoori, will evaluate the submissions and select one qualified work for each category to represent Qatar globally.

Evaluation is based upon the concept of excellence in content and creativity. After the national pre-selection period, a jury of eminent experts will come together to evaluate the submissions and select the 40 best products; five on each category. The 40 WSA winners will get the chance to present their products at the WSA World Congress an event that offers a platform for high-level experts, industry leaders and government representatives to discuss digital innovations. Any submitted product must be free of offensive or plagiarised content and may not violate human rights as laid out in the UN Declaration of Human Rights. 

Submissions, which encourage war, the exercise of violence or discrimination, will not be accepted. Similarly, submissions that violate international copyright provisions will be excluded. All submitted works must have been done more than two years ago (after January 1, 2016). Interested participants are requested to send information and details about their submissions to MoTC via wsa@motc.gov.qa. More information on the Awards, eligibility and rules and conditions are available at https://www.worldsummitawards.org/wsa-awards/contest/terms/

The World Summit Awards are a unique awards system, selecting and promoting local digital innovation with high impact on improving society. Combining an ongoing series of international events and activities with a global network of start-ups, social entrepreneurs, mentors, jurors, speakers, experts, government leaders, academia and civil society, WSA is an international platform for cut edge examples on how ICTs can have an impact on society.

source: Qatar Tribune

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