Impact on Society Through Digital Innovation

World Summit Awards

Session 251

13:15–14:00, Monday, 12 June 2017 Popov Room 1, ITU Tower Thematic Workshop

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With the digital age our world is becoming more and more connected.

Data is the new oil, the fourth industrial revolution is in its starting point and people’s fear to lose their jobs to robots is growing.

On the contrary, the ongoing movement of using ICTs to drive development and empowerment, to reach new communities and to provide low threshold access to information, proves the potential of digital innovation to have a positive impact on society.
Young people prove that entrepreneurial and technical skills can be used to make our world more inclusive and educated and to tackle the UN SDGs.

The World Summit Award provides a platform for such start-ups, social entrepreneurs, NGOs, governments, private sector and academia to exchange best practice solutions in IT applications from all over the world.

 Initiated in 2003 by the republic of Austria in the framework of UN WSIS, WSA since then is active in 178 UN member states. By the means of a global contest WSA identifies, promotes and connects digital applications with a local impact on society.

 In this workshop, WSA presents not only inspiring and useful solutions developed by young entrepreneurs from all around the world, tackling the UN SDGs, but how a global initiative like the World Summit Award can help to build an exclusive knowledge society.

A panel of international experts in the field of using ICT to take action on the UN SDG’s will share their insights and latest developments. And interactive discussion invites the audience to share their thoughts and their own experiences.


Prof. Dr. Peter A. Bruck, Chairman of the WSA Board of Directors


  • Sharmishta Sivaramakrishnan, WSA Youth Ambassador
  • Jon Mark Walls, CEO GovFaces, USA
  • Tudor Mihailescu, GovFaces, Romania
  • Jordi Serrano Pons, Founder Universal Doctor, Spain
  • Alfredo Ronchi, Medici Framework and WSA Expert Italy, Italy
  • Nigel Hickson, ICANN and WSA partner
  • Nora Wolloch, WSA manager, Austria

Session's link to WSIS Action Lines

  • AL C7 e-Gov logo C7. ICT Applications: E-government
  • AL C7 e-Bus logo C7. ICT Applications: E-business
  • AL C7 e-Lea logo C7. ICT Applications: E-learning
  • AL C7 e-Hea logo C7. ICT Applications: E-health
  • AL C7 e-Emp logo C7. ICT Applications: E-employment
  • AL C7 e-Env logo C7. ICT Applications: E-environment
  • AL C7 e-Agr logo C7. ICT Applications: E-agriculture
  • AL C7 e-Sci logo C7. ICT Applications: E-science
  • AL C8 logo C8. Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content
  • AL C9 logo C9. Media
  • AL C11 logo C11. International and regional cooperation

Session's link to Sustainable Development Process

  • Goal 2: Zero hunger logo Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 3: Good health and well-being logo Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all
  • Goal 4: Quality education logo Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5: Gender equality logo Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation logo Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy logo Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth logo Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure logo Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities logo Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 13: Climate action logo Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions logo Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals logo Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development


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