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[liberationtech] ISIF Asia Awards

Yosem Companys companys at stanford.edu
Wed May 1 10:51:39 PDT 2013


http://www.isif.asia/award

The ISIF Asia Awards seek to acknowledge the important contributions ICT 
innovators have made with creative solutions to the social and economic 
development of the Asia Pacific region. The ISIF Asia Awards are granted to 
initiatives on the last stages of implementation or that have finalized 
activities already that are aligned with the funding categories and 
eligibility criteria. Financial support for up to AUD 3,000 is allocated 
via a competitive process, plus a travel grant to attend the awards 
ceremony at a regional or global event chosen by the ISIF Asia secretariat. 
Innovation and a development focus should be an integral part of all award 
nominations. The funding categories are:

   - *Innovation on access provision*: Access to Information and 
   Communications Technologies (ICTs) is a prevalent issue in the Asia Pacific 
   region, especially for services that require broadband connectivity. 
   Innovative solutions offering low cost deployment, low power consumption 
   and low maintenance that expanded fixed and mobile access to the internet 
   through new forms of technical and organizational arrangements as well as 
   improved the quality of access based on issues of accessibility, disability 
   and linguistic diversity.
   - *Innovation on learning and localization*: Capacity building and 
   localization efforts have been key to develop the skills needed to design, 
   maintain, and manage ICT infrastructure and services in local languages, 
   supporting local talent and creating job opportunities in rural or urban 
   marginalized areas. Innovative, open, inclusive and sustainable approaches 
   to learning and localization are key elements to guarantee the quality of 
   access to knowledge needed to offer reliable services and applications.
   - *Code for the common good*: High mobile penetration in the AP region 
   has been a catalyst in the development of mobile-based services, 
   applications and software solutions. These solutions have been used to 
   support timely and relevant information dissemination on a large scale 
   using a range of network infrastructures through a variety of devices, even 
   where literacy rates are lower. Mobile technologies have enabled 
   communities to increase participation in political processes, coordinate 
   efforts during emergency situations, receive extreme weather alerts, 
   communicate with remote health services, and receive specialized patient 
   referrals, among many other applications.
   - *Rights*: Strategic use of Internet tools and services to promote 
   freedom of expression, freedom of association, privacy, security, 
   consumers’ rights, gender equality, new forms of intellectual property in 
   the digital environment, and a wider range of issues related to the 
   Internet and human rights.

Starting in 2012, in addition to selecting a winner per category, a *Community 
Choice Award* will be granted to the best social media campaign (the 
project with the highest number of votes from the community).
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