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UN WSA award spurs Nigeria to search for local e-Content innovations

UN WSA award spurs Nigeria to search for local e-Content innovations

Nigeria has begun the search for local e-content that has global relevance for the United Nation 2013 World Summit Award.

This year’s edition will be hosted by ICTA, the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka.

With UN WSA database opened for nominations, Nigeria’s nominations and national pre-Selection contest starts from April 18th to June 30th 2013; contestants from the six geo-political zones are expected to submit their e-content innovation projects for their Nigeria’s pre-selection of 8 best. The ultimate highlight of the global WSA 2013 is celebrating international e-Content delicacies at the WSA World Congress 2013.

With the great support of ICTA, WSA is going to host the smartest and most creative e-Content producers in Colombo, Sri Lanka from October 23 through 25, 2013.

The World Summit Award (WSA – http://www.wsis-award.org/) is a global initiative to select and promote the world’s best e-Content, started in 2003 in the framework of the United Nations’ World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) with the 1st WSIS conference held in Geneva.

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The award which takes place on a biannual basis, in collaboration with UNESCO, UNIDO, UN GAID is done through national contests, a global contest, held every 2 years, and numerous content-focused national and international conferences and workshops. The UN World Summit Award is being coordinated in Nigeria to promote an increased impact of Nigeria’s technological innovations on global stage on charity by the Eminent WSA National Expert for Nigeria, Amos Emmanuel, President Programos Foundation.

Speaking last week in Lagos in a press conference to flag off the 2013 UN WSA, the national expert coordinator for Nigeria Amos Emmanuel told IT Journalists that Nigeria is looking for local e-content products from eight categories with global relevance. The categories being: e-Government & Open Data, e-Health & Environment, e-Learning & Science, e-Entertainment & Games, e-Culture & Tourism, e-Media & Journalism, e-Business & Commerce and e-Inclusion & Empowerment.