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UAE, Bahrain get ready for WSA 2011

Competition seeks brightest star in e-content and creativity worldwide

UAE, Bahrain get ready for WSA 2011
The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has selected eight nominees to represent the country at the Creativity World Summit in Hong Kong in April.

The Dubai Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced the eight nominees who will represent the UAE at the E-Content and Creativity World Summit Award (WSA).

The nominees were chosen by a panel of judges following the WSA guidelines for each of the ten categories which are; e-Government, e-Entertainment, e-Health, e-Learning, e-Science, e-Inclusion, e-Business, e-Culture, e-Banking and e-Media.

"We extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to all the applicants and we wish the selected candidates best of luck during their participation in the WSA E-Content and Creativity." said Mohammed Nasser Al Ghanim, TRA Director General.

"E-Content and Creativity Award provides a unique opportunity to compete with world industry leaders and learn innovative technology applications that advance local content production."

The nominees are Abu Dhabi Spatial Data Infrastructure for the e-Government & Institutions category, Mymd (my medical directory) for the e-Health & Environment, Rufoof (online book store) for the e-Learning category, Abu Dhabi Sports Website for the e-Entertainment & Games category, Abu Dhabi Film Festival website for the e-Culture & Heritage category, Arabic IT news Portal for the e-Science & Technology category, eZajil and Smart Hosted UC for the e-Business & Commerce category and Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak website for the e-Inclusion & Participation category.

Bahrain is currently in the process of choosing its nominees for the WSA and is holding its own national contest, called the Bahrain e-Content Award, to decide the best e-content solutions in the country.

The competition was supported by WSA board members who were part of a 13 member local and international jury, to decide the winners of the competition.

Members of the jury included Nawaf Abdulrahman Chairman of the Bahrain Internet Society, Jak Boumans senior consultant in electronic media reporting in Netherlands, Professor Alfredo Ronchi professor of computer aided design at Politecnico di Milano, and Ghazwa Sulaibeekh lecturer, IT society coordinator, College of IT at University of Bahrain.

"The jury assessed the participations submitted based on international standards adopted in the e-content industry which are implemented in the World Summit Award, in terms of the quality and comprehensiveness of content depth and genuineness, as well as ease of use and navigation, adding values ​​through multimedia, attractive designs, the use of visual and sound effects, and high quality technology, in addition to the strategic importance of the participations in the development of information community at the world level," said Abdulrahman, who is also the Chairman of the Organising Committee for the Bahrain e-Content Award 2011.

The WSA competition aims to find the most creative and innovative e-content applications showing effective use of information and communications technology.

The WSA will take place in Hong Kong from 7th to 14th of April.

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