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ADSIC to host UN World Summit Awards

World Summit Award Mobile Content to honour mobile development initiatives

ADSIC to host UN World Summit Awards
ADSIC last hosted the WSA in 2013.

Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (ADSIC) will host the United Nation's supported World Summit Award (WSA) Mobile Content event in Abu Dhabi.

The WSA, which will be held between 1-3 February at the St Regis Abu Dhabi, honours mobile initiatives as a follow-up initiative of the United Nation's World Summit on Information Society (WSIS).

The annual award is held to acknowledge mobile development projects which focus on using mobile technologies to help achieve UN's Millennium Development Goals at a local level and which support the development of knowledge-based economies. The event brings together content developers and experts from more than 178 countries.

This year's event will be held under the theme ‘Connecting Smart Minds', and aims to connect local content with global innovation by highlighting the ability of mobile technologies to enrich lives and empower communities by bringing together some of the world's finest m-content developers within the framework of the United Nation's World Summit on Information Society (WSIS).

The ceremony will honour 40 winning international teams of WSA Mobile 2014 and announce the 8 WSA Mobile global Champions 2015, who will be selected by a jury panel of subject-matter experts. The 40 global winners represent 30 UN member states from the Middle East, Western Europe, North and South America, Russia, Africa, South and East Asia.

"This global event celebrates innovation wherever it's found," said His Excellency Rashed Lahej Al Mansoori, director general at ADSIC. "In the UAE, we get to innovate on an advanced grid; we have a government committed to smart cities by offering effective platforms that interlink official entities, individuals and communities and provides fully fledged systems that are comprised of multi-leveled communication channels to support e-Governance. We are very optimistic about utilizing various digital tools to support socio-economic and environmental development and goals while applying innovative technological solutions to the benefit of all end-users in Abu Dhabi, at every level."

"It's a great honour to be hosting the World Summit Award again. "The promise of technology is that it can change the lives of everyone - not just the rich, the powerful or the most advanced. Technology offers solutions to some of the most basic issues we face. The issues may be different from country to country, but the spirit of innovation is constant," he added.

Peter A. Bruck, Chairman of WSA Mobile said: "We are pleased to partner with Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre for the third time, as we play a mutual role as strategic partners in fulfilling the promise of the information society through world-class innovation. Abu Dhabi's commitment to digital-enabled growth and global knowledge-sharing over the years is truly inspiring."

The World Summit Award (WSA) - Mobile Content 2015 will feature engaging key notes from several international thought leaders, in addition to a series of interactive workshops guaranteeing a unique platform for knowledge exchange and networking.

Other highlights also include interactive networking opportunities, innovation pitches from WSA winners, UAE Entrepreneurship Camp with Emirati students and ‘Ibtikari' 2015, which is an initiative in partnership between the Abu Dhabi-based Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development (KFED) and WSA that aims to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation by facilitating knowledge transfer between mobile experts and Emirati youth.

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