The WSIS Forum 2015 represents the world’s largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community. The WSIS Forum, co-organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), in close collaboration with all WSIS Action Line Facilitators/Co-Facilitators, has proven to be an efficient mechanism for coordination of multistakeholder implementation activities, information exchange, creation of knowledge, sharing of best practices and continues to provide assistance in developing multistakeholder and public/private partnerships to advance development goals. This forum will provide structured opportunities to network, learn and participate in multi-stakeholder discussions and consultations on WSIS implementation.

          The WSIS Project Prizes 2015 contest provides the platform to identify and showcase the success stories and models that could be easily replicated, to empower the community at the local level, to give the chance to everyone to participate in the contest and mainly to recognize the efforts of stakeholders for their added value to society and commitment towards achieving WSIS goals.

The contest is organized into five phases:

  • Phase I: 10 December – 10 February 2015 - Submission phase (Deadline for last submission: 23:00 Geneva time). Phase one will open the call for submissions to the contest of the WSIS Project Prizes 2015. During the period from 1 December 2014 until 1 February 2015, all stakeholders are invited to submit WSIS related projects to the contest for WSIS Project Prizes 2015. In order to process the submission, stakeholders are requested to complete the submission form for WSIS Project Prizes 2015 online that contains two parts:

     a- Part one: executive summary (100 words)

          b- Part two: project information (1500-2000 words and 1 photo) Submission Form Sample

       Phase II: 10 February - 10 March 2015 - Nomination Phase. Revision of submitted projects by Expert Group that will result with a list of nominated projects. Submit your application for the contest of WSIS Project Prizes 2015 until 10 February 2015!

  • Phase III: 15 March - 1 May 2015 - Public Online Voting. Identification of three projects per category with the highest number of votes. (Deadline for casting last vote: 23:00 Geneva time)
  • Phase IV: 2 May - 5 May 2015 - Selection of winning projects by the Expert Group that will result with a list of winning projects.
  • Phase V: Announcement of winners to the public during WSIS Project Prizes 2015 Ceremony at WSIS Forum 2015, scheduled to be held from 25 to 29 May 2015, and the release of publication "WSIS Stocktaking: Success Stories 2015", which is a compilation of extended descriptions of the 18 winning projects.

 Rules and guidelines for submission phase

  1. All projects must be submitted through the online questionnaire.
  2. For each project submission only one category should be selected, out of 18 categories.
  3. Each entity could submit one project per each category
  4. The same project may not be submitted twice.
  5. All details requested in the questionnaire should be completed strictly respecting the type of stakeholder and the structure of the submission template. The incomplete submissions will not be accepted. Minimum number of words requested should be respected (executive summary 100 words and project information 1500-2000 words/ Word Format).
  6. The project will be counted for the competition if the project description presents one activity and not a list of activities.
  7. All projects submitted to this competition should cover work that is completed or at the end of a major phase in order to provide evidence of results and impact on society.
  8. The project submission deadline should be strictly respected. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  9. Projects should be submitted in English only.
  10. Winning projects of previous WSIS Project Prizes contests are not eligible to participate in the contest.
  11. The submission should be complied with rules for project submission. The requested information in the template should respond to all questions and provide detailed information on the goals, timeframe, project’s added value and importance, results and challenges. Minimum number of words requested should be respected (executive summary 100 words and project information 1500-2000 words).
  12. It should highlight the relevance of the project to the respective WSIS Action Line as referenced in the Geneva Plan of Action.
  13. The project description should clearly demonstrate the following:

Nomination Criteria

  • the results achieved and impact generated
  • community empowerment
  • ability of the model to be replicated
  • sustainability of project
  • partnerships development
  • promotion of WSIS values in the Society

Rules and guidelines for voting phase

  1. The winners are selected based on the appreciation/voting of projects by WSIS stakeholders representing WSIS online network. The stakeholders are invited to appreciate/vote for projects in all 18 categories.
  2. Only registered members of the WSIS Stocktaking Platform (STK) with requested complete information may vote for/appreciate a project. The information should contain organization details: name, type, country and user details: username and e-mail
  3. Entities are not allowed to vote for/appreciate their own project
  4. Votes/appreciations of all STK members are weighted equally
  5. Each STK member may only vote for/appreciate one project in each category
  6. The winner of each category will be the project that is voted for/appreciated the most by STK members
  7. Stakeholders should complete the voting process by voting in each category (in total 18)
  8. WSIS Stocktaking reserves the right to use the entity (organization) details submitted by stakeholders


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