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WSA selects and promotes local digital innovation improving society. It is a non-monetary award system with a focus on sustainable knowledge transfer through a worldwide network. Winners benefit not from a one-time financial reward, but a lifelong partnership and integration.

 

WSA is a nomination based award system, eligible for all UN member states.

 

Each country has a national WSA representation – the WSA National Expert. The WSA national experts are carrying out the local pre-selection for WSA, through national contests or national Expert panel selection. To participate in WSA, you need to be nominated by a WSA National Expert as the best national digital application in one of the 8 categories.

 

Each country is eligible to nominate one project/solution per WSA category.

Please note that a country’s local deadline for application may vary from the WSA Global deadline.  

Are you under the age of 26? You may want to also consider to apply for the WSA Young Innovators!

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

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Write a mail to WSA office to be introduced to your WSA National Expert. Your National Expert will guide you through the local steps needed to apply for WSA.

Some countries also offer application through a national contest or other forms of application.

 

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Your project will be reviewed and evaluated by the WSA National Expert if it meets the eligibility criteria and standards of WSA. After careful evaluation, the WSA National Expert will decide if he wishes to nominate your project for WSA, based on innovation, local impact and quality.

 

If your project is nominated in one of the WSA categories, your WSA National Expert will enter your data in the WSA Contest Database. Please make sure to provide your WSA National Expert with valid contact data.

 

 

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Upon nomination, you will receive a confirmation email inviting you to complete your application. Please make sure to check your spam folder.

 

After submitting your application, you are officially enrolled in the global WSA.

 

An especially assembled international Jury will then evaluate all nominated and completed projects and choose the 40 WSA winners per year.

 

ELIGIBILITY

PRODUCERS

  • Any company, organisation or individual from all UN and UNESCO member states are welcome to apply.

PRODUCTS

  • WSA is strictly restricted to digital applications with a strong benefit for society and a high local value.
  • Submissions for the WSA can contain mobile applications, sms based products, webpages, databases, kiosk installations, wearables, IoT etc. There is no limitation regarding the platforms or channels the projects work with.
  • The projects can be max. 2 years old at the date of nomination.
  • No ideas, drafts, demonstrations or concepts are accepted, all submitted projects must be market ready or already on the market.
  • WSA evaluates and highlights the content, user value and local impact of digital solutions.

 

WSA DATABASE SUBMISSION GUIDE FOR APPLICATIONS

To apply for WSA, you must fill in the application form in the WSA Contest Database.

 

Please find below some guidelines on how you should provide this information in order to make the application easier to evaluate and process and hence promote your project the best.

 

Please find here also a manual to use the database.

 

 

 

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • Please be short and precise and make your digital project easy to understand. Avoid too long sentences and uncommon technical terms.
  • You must fill in your application ENGLISH.
  • Please make sure that the URL to your project/product and the e - mail you provided works!
  • Please be aware that an international jury is evaluating your project. E.g. if your project cannot be downloaded from the appstore in some countries, please make sure that you give enough information, provide screenshots or a comprehensive presentation for the jurors.
  • We advise to first do your application in a word document and then copy paste to the database for easier structuring.
  • WSA tries to keep the application as short as possible, hence we advise to fill in all fields, even if they are not obligatory.

 

WSA 2021 DATABASE MANUAL

APPLICATION FORM TEMPLATE FOR WSA DATABASE

 

 

YOUR PROJECT INFORMATION TO BE PROVIDED IN YOUR APPLICATION:

 

PLEASE PROVIDE THE LINK TO A SHORT VIDEO ABOUT YOUR SOLUTION

Please provide a short video about your product. It should be short and explanatory, so one can get a good impression about what your project is about. Jury members prefer to view a video to get a first impression and to understand what your digital innovation is about, before they go into screening the text provided.

 

If possible, the video should be in high resolution, but can be also a simple video showing your digital innovation, or a marketing video you have.

 

The video is not obligatory, but we highly recommend it.

 

What is the focus point of your work? What problem do you solve with your product?

Please describe the concrete problem that your company/your solution/your product is solving.

 

Give the jury a concrete summary of what issue your product solves, which issue it addresses and why it makes an impact.

 

How do you provide a solution for the problem aforementioned?

Concretely, how are you solving the described problem? Describe what your product achieves/aims for, give details on how it works.

 

Please provide in this field comprehensive, detailed information about your digital project.

 

Please summarize the most important aspects of your project in a nutshell. It should give the jurors a short overview about your project, give an easy insight into the purpose of the project and point out the general outlay.

 

Please be precise and on point, and give a solid impression on your project.

 

PROVIDE A SHORT MARKETING/PR TEXT ABOUT YOUR SOLUTION

Please provide a marketing/PR text about your solution! This text should contain your USP, your WHY and the most relevant information that an interested person needs to know.

 

WSA will use this text as basis for PR or a presentation on social media or webpage.

 

WHEN WAS THE MARKET INTRODUCTION OF YOUR SOLUTION (YEAR)?*

*obligatory               

If your product was launched more than 2 years ago, what were innovations, additional services, updates, functions in the past 2 years?

 

STAGE OF PRODUCT/SOLUTION

 

Please let us know in which phase you are with your product/solution. Select the what fits best to your project phase.

 

What is the innovation to your solution, what unique value do you provide?

Describe your USP - why are you innovative, why is your product outstanding?

 

Who is your market competition? Who is doing something similar?   

Do you know your competitors and who is doing something similar? What’s your comparative advantage?

 

WHAT´S YOUR TARGET GROUP/PEOPLE ADDRESSED?

Please name the target group of your project. This is important for the Jury to understand, who the digital innovation is aimed at.

  • Who are the users?
  • What is the intended impact?

WHAT MEASURES DO YOU SET TO REACH YOUR TARGET GROUP/COMMUNITY ADDRESSED?

How do you address your target group? What are the strategies to reach your target group? Are there any specific cooperation’s/ specific technologies/campaign’s you engage in to reach your target group?

 

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR TEAM!

  • Who is your team? What’s your governance structure?
  • Do you have an Advisory Board? Any Specific Mentors, etc)

Please let us know more about your team:

  • How many people are working for your project/solution?
  • Who is the leading team?

This is why we would like to learn more about yourself and/or your team. Explain e.g. your motivation, give some information about your bio/personal experiences and describe the structure of your team, if applicable.

 

METRICS OF ACHIEVEMENT

How do you measure success for your solution? What did you achieve in the last 1-3 years? (e.g. impact, customers, any relevant numbers)

 

Tell US SOME IMPACT NUMBERS, USERS / DOWNLOADS, ETC 

Tell us some numbers that are relevant for the impact of your solutions. How many people do you reach, how many customers do you have?

 

TELL US MORE ABOUT THE LOCAL CONTEXT OF YOUR SOLUTION

WSA is about local content –explain why your solution is relevant locally and how it makes an impact in your country. Make sure to specify the local circumstances.

 

WHICH KEY TECHNOLOGIES ARE YOU USING?

AR; VR; AI; Big Data; Blockchain; Deep learning; IoT; Wearables; 3D Printing; NLP; Robotics; None of the above

 

Please choose the technologies that your product/service contains. Select the technologies you use in your project.

 

RESILIANCE/ BUSINESS MODEL

Share some info about your business/revenue model or how your solution will scale and become economically sustainable.

 


SUSTAINABILITY AND DIVERSITY! WHAT IS YOUR CONTRIBUTION (AS TEAM, IN YOUR WORKING PROCESS, YOUR PRODUCT, YOUR COMMUNITY) IN TERMS OF SUSTAINABILITY - CLIMATE CHANGE AND DIVERSITY?

Share some info about your business/revenue model or how your solution will scale and become economically sustainable.

 

PLEASE SHARE SOME INFORMATION IF AND HOW THE JURY MEMBERS CAN TEST YOUR SOLUTION

Please share some information if and how the jury members can test your solution. Provide login data/download links/tutorials etc.

 

Please provide some tips for the jurors, how they should navigate through your solution. This is the section to pinpoint which areas, sections etc. the Jurors should have a special focus on.

 

If necessary, please provide free access codes and installation procedure for jury members.

  • Demo version links (working links)
  • Demo users and passwords
  • Download links

HAS YOUR PRODUCT ALREADY WON OTHER AWARDS OR RECOGNITIONS?

Let the jury know if and which awards/recognitions you already won and when?

 

WHAT´S NEXT? WHAT ARE YOUR NEXT PLANS AND STEPS?

Let the jury know, what are your upcoming plans in terms of:

    • development of your product/application
    • access to new markets
    • funding
    • new technologies or services

 

Please read the Rules and Conditions section carefully before applying. By submission of a project, producers accept the Rules and Conditions of the WSA contest!

 

 

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