World Summit Awards for Young Innovators 2024

World Summit Awards for Young Innovators 2024

World Summit Awards for Young Innovators 2024

The WSA Young Innovators Award is an open call. The participation in the WSA Young Innovators is open to any entrepreneur, company, student group or project team.  

The World Summit Awards (WSA) is an awards system, selecting and promoting local digital innovation to improve society. Combing an ongoing series of international events with a global network of experts, mentors, start-ups, social entrepreneurs, jurors, speakers, government leaders, academia and civil society, WSA was initiated in 2003 in the framework of the United Nations’ World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), mandated by the WSIS Plan of Action, and cooperates with UNESCO and UNIDO., and is organized by the International Center for New Media.

Why apply for the Young Innovators Award?

The contest gives participants a chance to pitch their solution to a global network of national experts, building valuable connections in the process. The winners will get win the chance to join WSA in Hyderabad India for the 19th WSA Global Congress. This will give winners the chance to:

  • Connect with likeminded people including partners, investors, and fellow impact entrepreneurs
  • Join the knowledge society of thought leaders, innovators and stakeholders in a community that fosters collaboration over competition
  • Access unique opportunities through WSA’s global network
  • Learn globally and act locally – get to know specialists solving similar problems to you, and transfer their learnings to your local ecosystem

Requirements for Young Innovators Award Qualification

  • Eligible for young citizens of all UN member states, WSA Young Innovators is open to every start-up, social entrepreneur, NGO, student or individual!
  • The participation in the WSA Young Innovators is open to any entrepreneur, company, student group or project team – at least one of the founding members and the majority of the team must be under the age of 26
  • Submissions for the WSA Young Innovators can contain all mobile and web-based projects, such as: apps, web pages, applications for wearables, kiosk installations, SMS based products, games and interactive productions. There is no limitation regarding the platforms or channels the projects work with.
  • All submissions have to be launched products. No drafts, ideas or unfinished projects can be accepted.

Tips and tricks for your application

  • Do you have an explanatory video about your solution? Please provide a short video about your solution. It should be short and explanatory, giving a good impression about what your solution 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.
  • Short description of your digital solution. Short description of your digital solution (2-3 sentences). This should give the jury the first impression about your digital solution, what issue does it solve and a good summary. WSA office will use this text as a basis for PR, promotion on social media or the WSA webpage.
  • Which local problem do you solve with your solution? Give the jury a concrete summary of what issue your solution addresses and why it makes an impact.
  • How do you solve the problem with your solution? Please provide in this field comprehensive, detailed information about your digital solution. Concretely, how are you solving the described problem? Describe what your solution achieves/aims for, give details on how it works. Please summarize the most important aspects of your solution in a nutshell. It should give the jurors a short overview, an easy insight into the purpose of the solution and point out the general outlay. Please be precise and on point, and give a solid impression on your solution.
  • Tell us more about the local context of your solution. WSA Young Innovators 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 and help the international jury to understand why your solution is locally relevant.
  • Stage of your solution. Please let us know in which phase you are with your solution. Select the what fits best to your phase: established, fully-functioning, testing phase, beta-version. If you chose testing or beta phase, please let us know detailed when a launch is planned, and what still needs to be done.
  • Competition/Comparison- Who is doing something similar? Who are your competitors? What´s your comparative advantage / USP?
  • What is/are the target group(s) of your solution? Please be as precise as possible (e.g. young mothers, children, unemployed, specific regions)
  • Who are the users? What is the intended impact? Tell us more about your team! Introduce yourself and/or your team to prove you fulfill the youth criteria.
  • Do you have an advisory board, mentors, investors? Who is your team? What’s your governance structure? How many people are working for your solution? Who is the leading team? Give some information about your bio/personal experiences and describe the structure of your team, if applicable.
  • What is motivating you and your team? Tell the jury members what is motivating you and your team? Please explain what you want to achieve with your digital innovation & why you are doing it. What is your motivation, what are the goals you pursue with your solution? Tell the jurors what is motivating you, which problem you try to solve with your digital solution and which goals you aim to achieve.
  • Impact and achievements of your solution. What is the impact of your solution?Which milestones have you already achieved? (e.g. number of costumers, users, partners, countries. What is the measurable impact in your community so far?
  • Which one of the 17 UN Sdg(s) are you tackling with your solution? What are the Sustainable Development Goals your solution is actively trying to solve?
  • Sustainability / Business model. How economically sustainable is your solution over the long term? Share some information about your business / revenue model.

Application Deadline: October 15, 2024

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