World Summit Youth Award

Young Digital Planet at WCIT2012

Using ICT to fight hunger and poverty, empower women or get education to all – these are the agendas and actions of young people who get involved with the World Summit Youth Award (WSYA) - a contest that promotes best practice in e-Content and helps put the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) into action.

The top winners of the WSYA 2012 edition, selected from over 100 United Nations member states, will be invited to participate to the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT 2012). Moreover, the winners of the most outstanding projects will have the opportunity to showcase their ideas on how the Internet and mobile communication can change the world during the panel Global Young Innovators: Digital Solutions for Global Challenges of the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT 2012).

Over the years, the World Summit Youth Award (WSYA) has demonstrated that young people are among the best creative technologists and social entrepreneurs. They have the potential to create exceptional digital contents and help UN member states to reach the MDGs.

The miracle of WSYA is that young people who are interested in acting for others are often much more innovative and more technologically savvy than those who just want to do business for themselves. To be the best from among 700 applicants and 100 countries is a feat, an accomplishment. It is a symbolic capital where none existed before, says Prof. Peter A. Bruck, Chairman of the WSYA.

WCIT 2012 and WSYA join forces to:

  • celebrate the best Young Digital Natives worldwide
  • showcase how youth transforms the Future with IT
  • create a space and breakout sessions to prioritize action items following the results of the World Tech Jam
  • organize various Action Workshops
  • enhance Youth engagement in using IT to improve world

How to Get Involved

Everyone living in a UN member state and under the age of 30 can submit his/her project to the World Summit Youth Award 2012.

The categories are:

  • Poverty, Hunger and Disease!
  • Education for All!
  • Power 2 Women!
  • Create your Culture!
  • Go Green!
  • Pursue Truth!
WSYA Timeline 2012:
May-July: Online registration open (submit your project)
August: Online Jury
September: Announcement of winners, invitation to Winners' Event
October 22-24: Winners' Event “Young Digital Planet” @ WCIT 2012

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