WSA Winners

Estonia

http://www.transferwise.com

Banks charge a lot for international money transfers – even when they claim there are ‘no fees’. TransferWise doesn’t. The service allows regular people to access the real, mid-market exchange rate. This is done by using peer-to-peer technology that cuts out traditional bank fees altogether. Customers pay a tiny, fully transparent service charge to access this. We hope it will upend the entire sector in the way Skype did international calls.

Romania

http://scolispeciale.edu.ro/Pagini/default.aspx

The project “Support for the Special Education System through Specialized Educational Portal” is initiated by the Ministry of National Education and is designed as a complex solution, servicing 14000 students with special educational needs. The integrated solution implemented by SIVECO Romania for the special education system in Romania is based on cutting-edge technologies and is adaptable, flexible and cost-effective. The solution is specially designed to help special needs children to observe, discover, prove, verify and measure results of different experiments and simulations, based on real life situations. The special education portal, is the most important Romanian portal dedicated to children with special education needs. The portal comprises a virtual laboratory based on simulations, experiments, video-clips, animations, all meant to stimulate the children’s natural curiosity and to engage them in a pleasant learning experience, providing guidance and permanent feedback.

Saudi Arabia

http://www.saudi.gov.sa

The national e-Government portal “Saudi” is the central portal by which citizens, residents, businesses and visitors can access and utilize the e-Services offered by the Saudi Arabian government and government agencies. “Saudi” goes beyond classical national e-Services portals, featuring open data, e-Inclusion and e-Participation features accessed via Internet at any time and from anywhere. The e-Gov portal interface is visually appealing, while single-sign-on provides a reliable and convenient identification method. Users can browse the service catalogue and choose from among 1400 electronic services with different levels of sophistication - from informational to very complex transaction-based ones.  In addition, “Saudi” is an important outlet for Saudi Arabian government news and events staged in various regions of the kingdom, also providing a directory of government agencies and links to Saudi regulations, laws, plans and initiatives. In line with the latest trends, “Saudi” is available through multiple channels, both desktop and mobile, complies with W3CAG standards, and is backed by a 24/7 call centre.

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.

France

https://itunes.apple.com/fr/app/jumieges-3d/id556799877?mt=8

Jumieges 3d is a new and innovative way of visiting the Abbey. Today, the nicest ruin in France, as Victor Hugo said, is open to the public. Highly romantic as a ruin, it is quite hard to imagine the greatness and impressive size of the site before its destruction during the French revolution. Jumieges 3D experience proposes to the public a new spectacular way of visiting the site: the opportunity to superimpose thanks to an iPad the abbey as it was in 5 different periods of its construction, thanks to augmented reality. Mobile augmented reality, on site or through a free of charge app, on mobiles and tablets, drive the visitor into the glorious past of the Abbey, from the 9th to the 18th Century, on 4 different Points of Interest, the 3d reconstitution being linked to more classical audio or video cultural content. This application, on place since September 2012, has already been downloaded thousands of time and meets a great succes on site.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.