Facilitated by ITU in coordination with all WSIS stakeholders, the WSIS Prizes 2016 contest provided a platform to identify and showcase success stories across the WSIS Action Lines defined in the Geneva Plan of Action and Sustainable Development Goals. For the fifth year in a row, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) recognized outstanding success stories from around the world for their part in building an inclusive information society. It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to award the WSIS Prize 2016 winners and champions’ dedication and commitment in the implementation of the WSIS Outcomes, while honouring the outstanding projects from the international WSIS community.
More than 400 ICT success stories were submitted for the 2016 edition of the prize. Out of 311 nominated projects, 179 projects came from the government sector, 41 from the business sector, 31 from civil society, 14 from international organizations, and 46 from academia and other entities. The eighteen winners of WSIS Prizes were presented with an award at the WSIS Forum 2016, held from 2 to 6 May 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. Detailed descriptions of winning projects are available at the WSIS Prizes 2016 website
An innovation in 2016 WSIS Prizes contest was an introduction of the WSIS Prize Champions category, which recognizes those contenders having emerged from the online voting phase with more than 245.000 votes from the WSIS community. Their projects were among those having received the highest number of votes and having gained the best reviews by the members of the Expert Group.
The winners of the WSIS Awards along with the champions form a key part of our global and grassroots community engaged in online and community advocacy. Our common objective is to inspire and advance sustainable development through the effective use of ICTs.