Montassar Ouaili, Minister of Communications Technology of the Republic
of Tunisia, delivered the opening speech of the World Summit Award Gala
on the first day of the UN World Summit on the Information
16-18 November 2005) in the name of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, President
At the World Summit Award Gala, multimedia producers received awards
for their rich and innovative products, which had been selected before
by an international jury. Submissions to win at the World Summit Award
(WSA) were received from 168 countries. Part of the WSA Gala were the
World Summit Youth Award, the Nokia 2 Billion Award, the Arab Mobile
Development and e-Content Award.
Austrian State Secretary puts focus on relevance of young multimedia
Franz Morak, State Secretary for the Arts and Media and Head of the Austrian
Delegation to Tunis, delivered an opening speech for the World Summit
Youth Award, which has been designed for young people.
He said: “New communication technologies are challenging us to
use creativity in an organised manner. At this award, youths have used
their creative energies to help solving problems of the world. Creativity
and content are key factors for a successful development of the Information
Society. With the World Summit Award, a spotlight is put on this issue
of the future.”
The World Summit Award and the World Summit Youth Award are Austria’s
official contribution to the WSIS, initiated by the Federal Chancellery
and the Federal Ministry for Economics and Labour.
Peter A. Bruck, WSA Chairman, and Manar Al-Hashash, General Manager of
Dot Design, Kuwait, were the hosts of the event, which was broadcast
live by Tunisian television. Telekom Austria provided live streaming
of the event on the WSA website www.wsis-award.org.
Project of Ars Electronica Futurelab from Austria among best projects
The Ars Electronica Futurelab in Linz received a prize in the category
of e-Entertainment for the project Gulliver’s World, an innovative “Multimedia
Theatre”. More than 500 guests celebrated on stage all 40 teams
who have won at the WSA in 2005. Awards in 8 categories were handed out
by heads of state and government representatives from Armenia, Austria,
Bahrain, Croatia, the Dominican Republic, Latvia, Mozambique and Senegal,
by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura and future UNIDO Director-General
At the Austrian e-Content Village, which is embedded in the ICT4all Exhibition,
these 40 winning projects of the WSA will be showcased until 19 November
2005. A crucial aim of the ICT4all Exhibition is to enrich discussions
at the WSIS by presenting best practice projects that can have a positive
impact on the emerging Information Society, making it truly inclusive
and relevant to every human being on earth.
Other exhibitors at the Austrian e-Content Village in Tunis include several
Austrian federal ministries and innovative companies.