WSA Winners

Mexico

http://www.conekta.mx/

Conekta is a platform that allows businesses in Mexico to process online payments using both online and offline methods. Using Conekta’s technology, any business can start transacting in minutes. We are revolutionizing the way people transact in Latin America through tools which automate the payments experience and are more efficient than traditional methods currently used. Conekta provides channels accessible to the majority of the market in countries like Mexico, including offline methods, channels that are previously disregarded by dominant payment solutions (Brantree, Paypal). With Conekta, our customers create the payment experience that they need and we handle the entire transaction process from security to recurring payments. Conekta is built for any kind of transaction, whether it is charging for a service, selling physical products, taking donations, ecommerce offers, or enabling marketplaces for third parties

Ghana

http://nandimobile.com/our-services.html

Infoline is a mobile and web service which connects consumers and businesses in emerging markets. Despite the low Internet penetration in Africa and the low-end types of phones available on the continent, the service provides mobile-users the option to send messages to businesses and receive responses from the businesses through a private channel just as their counterparts in Internet-rich regions would send e-mails or use social media. The product also offers its users the convenience of obtaining relevant business information about products and services via SMS just as consumers in technologically advanced countries would use a search engines to search the web. By going round the limitations posed by lack of access to the Internet, this product is providing an alternative for consumers who are in search of information and businesses which are interested in interacting with their customers.

Estonia

www.goswift.eu

Crossing the Estonianborder from Russia, an external EU border was once a time-consuming, unsure wrangle lasting days and resulting in bribery, illegal sale of spots in the queue, pollution, traffic safety issues and losses for freight carriers. Since implementation of the GoSwift project, shorter waiting times and the elimination of physical lineups have resulted in an end to the illegal sale of places in line, better security and less waste problems at the border. By allocating a specific time and date for the applicant to cross the border online, GoSwift has created minimum waiting, cleaner surroundings near border crossing points and considerably more movement of cars and trucks due to online efficiency. Using the GoSwift system, trucks and cars can now drive to the border just before the registered border crossing time. Drivers can wait at designated waiting areas where toilets, showers, dining areas, and free WIFI are available, proceeding as scheduled to cross the border easily and on time. As a Private Public Partnership project, the system saves Estonian transport companies four million Euros a year.

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.

 

Serbia

http://www.SEEcult.org

SEEcult.org portal for South-Eastern European culture was established in 2003 in Belgrade as developmental informative-educational, and presentation-documentary online platform for culture and art in Serbia and the region, with the aim to inform, present and incite development of an open cultural and artistic scene, as well as to help cultural institutions, artists and artistic organizations to present their creative works, participate more actively on the regional, European and the world scene, and to encourage the exchange of ideas, development of critical standpoints, and overcoming of stereotypes. Besides daily updated news about events, cultural policies, open calls, debates and various projects (in Serbian), SEEcult.org portal has an Events Calendar, Photo Galleries, Artists’ Gallery, Blog, as well as profile presentations of artists and cultural institutions, providing other opportunities for the creation and distribution of content on the most popular social networks.

Italy

http://www.aiep.org/en/chi-siamo

Creating music through movement, INaxyz heralds the creation of a new dance form where the power and grace of the human body translates into innovative musical composition. The simplicity of the electronic devices (five sensors) opens up the possibility of creating solo as well as highly interactive works which can be created by both professional as well as amateur choreographers. The product takes communication between dancers to a new level as they respond to each other both through sound and movement. The possibility of assigning different tones and levels of intensity to different dancers is exciting dimension that introduces new levels of compositional control. It is going to be extremely interesting to see how the various traditions of dance incorporate these new technologies into their repertoire and in this way extend their reach to new audiences. For the younger generation INaxyz can help enchant kids with dance and build their skill levels beyond interactive video gaming dance applications.

United States of America

http://newurbanmechanics.org

New Urban Mechanics (NUM) is a multi-city civic innovation incubator and R&D network dedicated to improving the lives of city residents. NUM serves two key functions: 1. to serve as a front-door for civic innovators (both inside and outside of government) that are trying to connect with local government to deliver innovative solutions to local challenges, and 2. works as a risk aggregator by creating a safe-place for government officials and their community collaborators to experiment. Each of the cities in the New Urban Mechanics Network develops a pipeline of projects that address issues relevant to their city. In Boston the focus has ben on civic engagement, while in Philadelphia the focus has been on supporting civic entrepreneurs.

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.

Egypt

http://www.masrawy.com

Masrawy is Egypt’s favorite horizontal portal, providing a wide array of content and services that influence day-in and day-out the lives of Egyptians, but the portal has a special focus in covering political news. Masrawy is the web’s one bus stop for Egyptians surfing the internet by providing political news content, videos channel, women content, Islamic advice services, sports content , classifieds ads, many services for the SME’s market and a dedicated channel ran through user-generated content. Masrawy has been and still a pioneer in tailoring services that add value and enrich the lives of Egyptians, for example: The First product to provide the Thanaweya Amma Results to students, “Egypt Talks” series of interviews which presented experts’ advice on Egypt’s political and social view after the revolution, being the first to exclusively online stream Obama’s historical speech at Cairo University and Masrawy chat. The portal continues to be a watchdog for the Egyptian Society.