CDAC, Hyderabad wins WSIS Project Prizes 2014

CDAC, Hyderabad has won World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Project Prizes 2014.

ITU secretary general Hamadoun I Toure announced winners of the WSIS Project Prizes 2014 at the WSIS+10 high level event, which opened today.

Other award winners include: Ministry of IT and Communications, Colombia; Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications, Ghana GEOSYS, Algeria; Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Programme, United Arab Emirates; Information Technology Authority, Oman; Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, Poland Prime Minister’s Office, Poland; Ministry of Education, Saudi Arabia; Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre, UAE; Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Hyderabad, India; Egypt Information and Communications Technology Trust Fund (MCIT–UNDP), Egypt; İSKİ, Turkey; Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Uruguay; Kuwait University, Kuwait; Cubarte, National Centre of Informatics in Culture, Cuba; Philmon Press, Ethiopia; and Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Information and Communication Technologies, Tunisia.

The meeting focuses attention on the ten-year review of the implementation of Outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which took place in Geneva in 2003 and Tunis in 2005. WSIS+10 will set fresh priorities to strengthen the catalytic role of ICTs in the post-2015 development agenda.

A growing range of entities including governments, international organizations, the private sector, civil society, academia and others representing cross-cutting sectors, participate in the WSIS Project Prizes contest with a view to sharing best practices on the implementation of the WSIS outcomes.

This engagement highlights the inclusiveness and multi-stakeholder character of the WSIS Process to work towards building the information society. More than 140 projects were nominated for the 2014 contest.

The WSIS Project Prizes 2014 contest provides a platform to identify and showcase success stories and models that could be easily replicated, empower communities at the local level, and recognize the efforts of stakeholders towards achieving the WSIS goals.

WSIS Project Prizes is an international contest developed in response to requests from WSIS stakeholders to create an effective mechanism to evaluate and recognize individuals, governments, civil society, local, regional and international agencies, research institutions and private sector companies for outstanding success in implementing development-oriented strategies that leverage the power of ICTs.

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