WSA Winners

Lithuania

http://aqualingua.org/

The website Aqua Lingua accompanied by motto: “See What You Hear” provides a unique possibility to create personal water pictures using human voice or other sounds. The main idea is to offer a possibility to see our words, music or other sounds. The water surface is stirred by individual sound using the novel patented technology of converting durable sound into a single image. All the audio waves regenerate into water waves and are photographed. Amazing photo revealing the invisible beauty and harmony of sound is made into artwork and sent to client along with the certificate of its originality. The picture contains a QR code that enables to listen to the original visualized sound at anytime. Every visualization is unique – as unique is human voice, its timbre, intonation, sense and meaning of words. Aqua Lingua provides an unusual opportunity to see what is invisible, to make an exceptional award of honor, to create personal present for your beloved one or materialize a dear memory.

Nigeria

http://www.transparentnigeria.com

Transparent Nigeria is a movement to hold the Nigerian government accountable for its actions. By publicizing the amount and use of Nigeria’s public funds, the Transparent Nigeria online database aims to change widespread corruption rampant in the country and to offer people an alternative to frustration. Using data from the Ministry of Finance, Transparent Nigeria addresses an audience of 150,000 and growing daily, bringing the generally known discrepancies to public awareness in a more structured way. Users may find out how public servants in federal and state governments are spending the public’s money; what infrastructural projects they have promised to build and how much these projects will cost; how many jobs are purported to be created. Transparent Nigeria also takes note of the compensation public servants receive and aims to hold government and business leaders to accountability, thus bringing about change towards a fairer and less corrupt country.

Slovakia

http://www.sheeplive.eu/

The Sheeplive.eu project (OVCE.sk in Slovak) was initiated by the civic association eSlovensko as an integral part of the projects Zodpovedne.sk, Pomoc.sk and Stopline.sk and as a significant prevention tool for implementation and propagation of safer use of the internet, mobile phones and new technologies. Target groups of the project Sheeplive are children and young people. For younger children the project acts as the prevention, for youth it wittily sets mirror of their inappropriate behavior on the Internet and the adult audiences gives an opportunity to learn and be amused. The project has two parts: cartoon series Sheeplive and internet portal Sheeplive.eu.

Finland

http://blindsquare.com/

BlindSquare is an augmented reality GPS application for the blind. It obtains information about the surrounding environment from Foursquare and Open Street Maps. It’s algorithms enable it to determine the most relevant information, and then voice it out using high quality speech synthesis. For example, “Whats the most popular café within 200 meters radius?” BlindSquare provides blind people independence by enabling them to travel without help from others.

Austria

http://www.playludwig.com/

Ludwig is a new type of learning game on the topic of renewable energy, which not only conveys knowledge, but is also really fun! The game is based on the curriculum and targeted to adventurers aged 11+. STORYLINE OVERVIEW 2098. Mankind has left the Earth and is now living in space colonies. Ludwig, a research robot from a faraway civilisation and his spaceship are looking for forms of new energy. Unfortunately, mankind´s new space colonies are not listed on his interstellar maps, which results in a fatefull crash with the physis, the biggest station with a billion inhabitants. The crash does not only tear a huge hole into the physis´ protective cover, but also damages Ludwig´s spaceship badly enough for him to lose control of it and crashland on planet Earth. Now it´s a race against time. Will Ludwig succeed and get his spaceship going in time to save the physis?

New Zealand

http://www.sciencelearn.org.nz

The Science Learning Hub promotes student interest and engagement in science by providing contemporary, contextualised resources for school teachers from Years 2–10. The Science Learning Hub showcases science using multimedia. It demonstrates the relevance of scientific research to our everyday lives. The website provides a link between science research organisations and science teachers fulfilling an identified need in science education. The Learning Hubs are a national project funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and managed by the University of Waikato.

Bangladesh

http://www.driknews.com/issue/index/multimedia

The Rural Visual Journalism Network (RVJN) is an innovative initiative where trained district correspondents use Apple i-Pod Touch technology to produce multimedia stories from rural Bangladesh. The correspondents’ multimedia stories focus on addressing specific issues faced by media and by rural citizens of Bangladesh.

Brazil

http://www.teckler.com

Teckler is a new media that enables people to make money through content created by their own in text, audio, photo and video. It is the first internet multinational company created by a Brazilian, launched simultaneously in 164 countries covering 13 languages.

Germany

http://lobbyplag.eu/

Lobbyplag is a discovery and mapping tool for the interference of lobbyists with lawmaking. Lobbyplag.eu is a citizens discovery platform for the lawmaking process. Using a crowdsourced process, change proposals made by lobbying groups are mapped to actual changes in the text of upcoming legislation - and to the lawmakers who propose them. As Wired UK says about us: “LobbyPlag is designed to get the word out, get the public thinking about who writes laws that will remain for decades (and how), and to encourage the public to help out with the mammoth task of analysing more documents for comparisons. (...) LobbyPlag is there to help avoid any bad choices being made that will be permanently be written into the word of the law.”

Switzerland

http://www.uepaa.ch

UEPAA ®, ALPINE SAFETY - BEYOND THE NET

The future alpine safety standard - going far beyond the boundaries of todays' net operators. Uepaa! is a multi-award winning startup that is pioneering the next level of outdoor safety. Launched in summer 2013, the Uepaa! app is developed with Swiss passion and in close collaboration with REGA, Swisscom, Mammut and Bergportal. The Uepaa! app turns the smartphone of more than 25 million outdoor users into an alpine tracking, alerting and rescue device by using a disruptive wireless phone to phone (mesh-) communication technology developed by ETH Zürich.