Only with a truly global mulit-stakeholder community, combining the voices and insights of entrepreneurs and producers, national and corporate experts, NGOs, governments and professional associations, a real knowledge society can be built to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Fostering knowledge exchange and a network of global support, WSA presents quality content and digital innovation from over 180 UN-member states and supports the global movement for sustainable digital solutions.
Initiated in 2003, WSA is working within the framework of the United Nations’ World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 2003-2025, mandated by the government of Austria since 2003 and implementing the 2005 WSIS Plan of Action. WSA is organised in collaboration with UN organisations such as UNESCO, UNIDO, UNCTAD and ITU.
WSA Winners are impacting the daily lives of millions by meeting deeply rooted needs. They stand out in the ability to combine smart content, social aims, and digital innovation.
The WSA Winners solve real problems. Among them you find agricultural support systems from Bangladesh or new ways of virtual healthcare and health education through AR technology from Lebanon, Ireland or India; WSA offers a transformative learning journey for those who think outside the box. WSA is the hall of fame for purpose-driven digital innovation with impact on society.
Since 2003, 550+ Winners have been selected from over 10.000 nominations, presenting a diameter of innovation from Indonesia to Chile, from Iceland to New Zealand. Be it a tool for accurate diagnostics of wounds, a webpage to organize international meetings or a political think tank, WSA Winners offer a vast spectre of digital innovation.
One of the major pillars of the WSA community are the WSA National Experts. Offering their vast experience in the ICT and entrepreneurial sector, their diverse backgrounds, and their own social engagement, the WSA National Experts are responsible for the national pre-selection of entries to the WSA. WSA leverages this network in over 180 UN member states.
The WSA Young Innovators is a special call within the framework of WSA, that promotes and awards young social entrepreneurs. The WSA Young Innovators is a special recognition for young people under 26 years of age, using ICTs to take action on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
WSA thought-leaders rock the audience's mindset with their insights, expertise, and learnings through interactive workshops and inspirational talks, guaranteeing that no one leaves the room without new motivation and ideas.
The WSA Board consists of high-level international ICT experts, chaired by the WSA founder and chairman Prof. DDr. Peter A. Bruck. Responsible for the strategic and contextual execution of the WSA, the WSA Board aims to keep the WSA up to date with new developments and meets in regular intervals.