IIM Bangalore Wins WSIS Prize 2015

IIM-Bangalore-Wins-WSIS-Prize-2015IIM Bangalore has won WSIS (World Summit on Information Society) Prize 2015 announced at WSIS High-Level Opening Segment, which was held at the headquarters of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva.

ITU has felicitated 18 awardees at WSIS Prize 2015. The winners include government departments, international organizations, private sector companies, NGOs and academia. More than 300 projects were nominated for the 2015 contest, more than twice the number of nominations in 2014, reflecting the prestigious nature of the award and the growing importance of ICTs in national development strategies.

The WSIS Prizes 2015 contest provides a platform to identify and showcase success stories across the 11 WSIS Action Lines defined in the Geneva Plan of Action. In line with the inclusive, multi-stakeholder character of the WSIS event, the prizes recognize the outstanding achievements of a wide range of organizations in strengthening implementation of the vision and targets set by the World Summit on the Information Society in 2003 (Phase 1) and 2005 (Phase 2).

“The WSIS Project Prizes provide an international platform to identify and showcase the successful initiatives and best practices that could be easily replicated by other countries and organizations, to further drive momentum around ICTs as a catalyst for socio-economic development,” said ITU secretary general Houlin Zhao.

The awards are conferred through online voting involving over 100,000 stakeholders from around the world and the winners are:
The role of government and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development: Young Innovations, Nepal
Information and communication infrastructure: Ministry of Communications and Transportation, Mexico
Access to information and knowledge: Prime Minister’s Office, Bangladesh
Capacity building: Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, United Arab Emirates
Building confidence & security in the use of ICTs: Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico (RSE), Italy
Enabling environment: Ministry of Finance, Kazakhstan
E-government: Majmaah University, Saudi Arabia
E-business: Ministry of Economy and Finance, Uruguay
E-learning: Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, India
E-health: FHI 360, United States of America
E-employment: Ministry of Manpower, Oman
E-environment: Central Agency for Information Technology, Kuwait
E-agriculture: Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, Netherlands
E-science: Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran
Cultural diversity & identity, linguistic diversity: South-West University ‘Neofit Rilski’, Bulgaria
Media: Radio Farm International, Canada
Ethical dimensions of the Information Society: Rwanda Media Commission, Rwanda
International & regional cooperation: Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean

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