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Meet the Decision-Makers: WSA’s Grand Jury in Hyderabad, India

The WSA Grand Jury took place in Hyderabad, India on February 14-18, 2024.

The 2024 WSA Grand Jury meeting was a collaborative effort between the World Summit Awards (WSA) and the Digital Empowerment Foundation. The WSA Jury process is characterised by its commitment to democracy and transparency, ensuring an impartial and diverse selection of digital innovations from around the globe. Nominated digital solutions undergo a rigorous evaluation process before they can attain the prestigious status of a WSA Winner, possibly even earning the title of Global Champion.

To reach the Grand Jury stage, solutions must successfully navigate National Nominations and an Online Global Jury process. The Grand Jury shortlist comprises the most outstanding digital social impact ventures. At the 2023 grand jury, a panel of international experts convened in Hyderabad, India to evaluate these shortlisted solutions. From this group of standout innovations, the Grand Jury identified the top 4-6 WSA Winning solutions in each WSA category, providing them with the opportunity to showcase their innovations on the global stage at the WSA Global Congress in Chile. The evaluation criteria included the solutions' alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and their overall impact.

The WSA Grand Jury meeting and the concurrent Digital Impact Days in Hyderabad received support and were hosted by T-Hub and the Department of Information Technology, Electronics & Communications (ITE&C), Government of Telangana. This collaborative effort underscores the commitment to fostering digital innovation with a social impact, reinforcing the importance of the WSA platform in recognizing and promoting solutions that contribute to global sustainable development goals.

Learn more about WSA's Grand Jury

Itinerary

Over the period between February 14 and 18 there were several events, including three that were open to the public.

  • futurizing_digital & impact driving social innovation for all
    February 15 | 17:00-21:30
    Digital Paradoxes: Challenges of Social and Behavioral Norms and Solutions Through Innovation
  • futurizing_digital - using EU & UN initiatives for social good
    February 16 | 17:00-20:00
    Leveraging Digital and Circular Opportunities to Address the Connectivity Challenges of Smallholders and Promote Ecological Sustainability for a Better Value Chain in the Cotton and Textile Industry
  • futurizing_digital - empowerment to overcome digital divides
    February 17 | 17:00-20:00
    Visit of DEF's Museum of Digital Society at T-Hub

Meet WSA's Decision Makers:

The Jurors who selected the final winners were an eclectic group of 30 international experts from 24 different countries. Their expertise, dedication and extensive experience are what determined the final 40 WSA Winners, who will have the opportunity to pitch their innovative solution at the Global Congress in Chile.

 

Mathias Haas

Founder and CEO

SuperSocial

Austria

Rodrigo Assumpção

Social Protection Management Information Systems Expert

International Labour Organization

Brazil

Carolina Rossi

Senior Partner

Moon Advisors

Chile

Liisi Org

CEO

Latitude59

Estonia

Dorothy Gordon

Consultant

ICT4Development

Ghana

Ambika Khurana

DPCGC Co-Chairperson, Netflix Public Policy Director

NETFLIX

India

Osama Manzar

Founder & Director

Digital Empowerment Foundation

India

Shinta Dhanuwardoyo

CEO

Bubu.com

Indonesia

Ali Hilli

The Youth & Entrepreneurship Consultant, Acting Head of CER Unit

Zain Iraq

Iraq

Kareem Hassan

UN ESCWA

Jordan

Manar Al Hashash

CEO

DotDesign

Kuwait

Isabel Holguera-Vera

Startup Advisor

Luxinnovation

Luxembourg

Renuka Sena

Impact and Sustainability Advocate, Impact Investor, Scaleup Venture Capital, Ecosystem Builder, Accelerator Design, Angel Funds, Startup Coach, Speaker

PROFICEO

Malaysia

Rudy Laddaga Lopez

Chief Content Officer

Citizens Company

Mexico

Zouheir Lakhdissi

CEO and Co-founder

Dial Technologies

Morocco

Connor Sattely

Independent Consultant

Connor Sattely Consulting

Netherlands

Mahsa McCauley

Director

Auckland University of Technology & She Sharp

New Zealand

Yemi Keri

Founder

Heckerbella

Nigeria

Ryan Gersava

Founder and Chairman

Virtualahan

Philippines

Sandra Fazenda Almeida

Executive Director

APDC – Digital Business Community

Portugal

Reshan Dewapura

CEO

Consultant

Sri Lanka

Batoul Husseini

Regional Executive Director of Government Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility

SAP

Syria/Turkiye

Gloria Mangi

Founder and President

African Queens Project

Tanzania

Madelynn Martiniere

Managing Partner

Armillaria

USA

Peace Oliver Amuge

Africa Regional Strategy Lead at the Association for Progressive Communications

APC- Association for Progressive Communications

Uganda

Ralph Simon

CEO & Founder; Chairman Emeritus & Founder

Mobilium International; Mobile Entertainment Forum-Americas

United Kingdom


It was an honour being part of the Grand Jury and indeed inspiring to witness so many winners showcasing how technology can uplift communities and advance the UN's global development goals. I was also immensely proud to observe a strong representation of female founders which was truly inspiring. -  Batoul Husseini

 

It is an absolute honor to be among the esteemed jurors and national experts from 24 countries gathered here in Hyderabad. The level of talent and expertise in the room is truly inspiring. -  Mahsa McCauley

 

 

Delighted to be here in the company of fellow jury members from over 23 nationalities, all united by the same mission: to select the most impactful digital projects with the potential to change the world.
Together, step by step, we can improve our world and our future. -  Sandra Fazenda de Almeida

 

 

Where?

Plot No 1/C, Sy No 83/1, Raidurgam panmaktha Hyderabad Knowledge City, Serilingamaplly, Hyderabad, Telangana 500081, India

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