2011 World Summit Award Winners Announced
The United Nations flagship World Summit Award for digital media announced its winners for the 2011 competition, representing “the best content for a better world.” More than 160 countries submitted new media projects in diverse categories including entertainment, education, health and science.
“Winning projects reflect an outstanding array of innovation and creativity, demonstrating the power of media to transform lives and enhance communities,” said WSA executive board member Catherine Warren.
An independent jury of eminent experts recognized three Canadian projects among the line-up of winners. Stitch Media, an interactive storytelling company, won in the Culture and Heritage category for their Redress Remix project. This three-part documentary television series and feature film tells the story of the Canadian Chinese Head Tax and movement to seek redress. The interactive portal fragments the footage and presents it in a non-linear fashion that includes the audience in a “living documentary.”
In the Inclusion and Participation category, the incredibly popular social media dashboard Hootsuite was acknowledged by the jury for making engagement across the entire social media landscape a streamlined process for millions.
Bitstrips for Schools won in the Learning and Education category as a revolutionary interactive comic-book generator. Designed to “unlock the educational power of comics” this web-only product helps teachers stimulate students and develop literacy and creative skills through colourful comics of the kids’ own making.
The WSA celebrates digital media that bridges the cultural and economic divide. For a complete list of winners Click here for the full list of winners and here for more information on the World Summit Award program.