WSIS Prizes 2015
On the occasion of the WSIS Forum 2015, ITU
Secretary-General Houlin Zhao has announced
the 18 winners of the WSIS Prizes 2015 at
the WSIS High-Level Opening Segment, which
was held at the headquarters of the World
Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in
The WSIS Prizes 2015 contest provides a
platform to identify and showcase success
stories across the
11 WSIS Action Lines
defined in the
Geneva Plan of Action.
In line with the inclusive, multistakeholder
character of the WSIS event, the prizes
recognize the outstanding achievements of a
wide range of organizations in strengthening
implementation of the vision and targets set
by the World Summit on the Information
Society in 2003 (Phase 1) and 2005 (Phase
“The WSIS Project Prizes provide an
international platform to identify and
showcase the successful initiatives and best
practices that could be easily replicated by
other countries and organizations, to
further drive momentum around ICTs as a
catalyst for socio-economic development,”
said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.
This year’s WSIS Project Prize winners
include government departments,
international organizations, private sector
companies, NGOs and academia. More than 300
projects were nominated for the 2015
contest, more than twice the number of
nominations in 2014, reflecting the
prestigious nature of the award and the
growing importance of ICTs in national
The awards are conferred through online
voting involving over 100,000 stakeholders
from around the world.
This year’s 18 winners are:
Action Line C1 The role of government and
all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs
Action Line C2 Information and
Ministry of Communications and
Action Line C3 Access to information and
Action Line C4 Capacity building
Regulatory Authority, United Arab Emirates.
Action Line C5 Building confidence &
security in the use of ICTs
Ricerca sul Sistema
Energetico (RSE), Italy.
Action Line C6 Enabling environment
Action Line C7 E-government
Action Line C7 E-business
Ministry of Economy
and Finance, Uruguay.
Action Line C7 E-learning
Indian Institute of
Management Bangalore, India.
Action Line C7 E-health
FHI 360, United
States of America.
Action Line C7 E-employment
Action Line C7 E-environment
Central Agency for
Information Technology, Kuwait.
Action Line C7 E-agriculture
for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation,
Action Line C7 E-science
Iran University of
Science and Technology, Iran.
Action Line C8 Cultural diversity &
identity, linguistic diversity
University ‘Neofit Rilski’, Bulgaria.
Action Line C9 Media
Action Line C10 Ethical dimensions of the
Action Line C11 International & regional
for Latin America & the Caribbean.
Detailed descriptions of winning projects
are available in the recently published ITU
WSIS Stocktaking: Success Stories 2015.
For additional information please visit the
WSIS Prizes website.
WSIS Project Prizes is an international
contest developed in response to requests
from WSIS stakeholders to create an
effective mechanism to evaluate and
recognize individuals, governments, civil
society, local, regional and international
agencies, research institutions and private
sector companies for outstanding success in
implementing development-oriented strategies
that leverage the power of ICTs. The WSIS
Project Prizes contest is an integral part
of the WSIS stocktaking process
(www.wsis.org/stocktaking). The contest was
held for the first time in 2012, and rapidly
gained attention and popularity within the
ICT for Development (ICT4D) community.