Many talk about a better world. These guys did something: they used Social Media to inform about diseases, created apps to fight poverty and famine, and built websites advocating women’s equality. Who are they? They are the 2011 Candidates of the World Summit Youth Award (WSYA). The WSYA is a global, annual award selecting excellent and creative e-contents aiming at the MDGs from young producers and developers under 30 years of age. November 10-13, this year’s winners will come together in Graz, Austria at the WSYA Festival 2011.
In 2011, more than 700 projects from 99 countries have been entered to the contest. This week the jury process starts online: 19 young leaders from 17 countries will evaluate the submissions. They are youth activists, social entrepreneurs, researchers and journalists – so they know what they are doing.
If you’re into name-dropping, here you go: we’ll have Dylan Mahalingam from Lil´MDGs, Jennifer Corriero from TakingITGlobal, Anshul Tewari from YouthKiAwaaz, Rina Tsubaki from European Journalism Centre, and many more innovative young experts who’ll judge quality, innovation and impact of the projects. Until the end of August they will select three winners and two runners-up in each category who will be invited to the Winners Festival in November in Graz, Austria.
In Graz, tomorrow’s IT-pioneers will meet today’s experts: NGOs, government reps, business and media come together to honor the best Young&Creative and their projects. Workshops, panels and social events will provide a lot of space to make friends, develop initiatives and find sponsors. And topping it all: everything is free for the winners!
Everyone is invited to join us November, 10-13th, when the 2011 Winners are celebrated on a world stage in Graz. Join us and register for the Event at firstname.lastname@example.org now! And if you can’t wait till the jury decides, here’s something for you: catch up on all contestants at our Friends-Site and “Like” their projects!