Malaysia Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Meets WITSA SG, to Officially Open WCIT 2022 Malaysia in Penang

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May 16, 2022

Contact:        Dr. Sean Seah. Mobile: +6012 (336) 1933 E: sseah2005@gmail.com

                        Dr. Jim Poisant. Mobile +1 703 728-4547 E: jpoisant@witsa.org

 

Malaysia Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Meets WITSA SG, to Officially Open WCIT 2022 Malaysia in Penang; MoU Signed to Drive Transformation, Grow Industry

 

Fairfax, VA:  WITSA Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant on May 11 met with His Excellency Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob, Prime Minister of Malaysia at Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C. Hotel. During the one-on-one session, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri strongly expressed his support for WITSA’s flagship event, the World Congress on Innovation and Technology (WCIT), which will next be held in Penang, Malaysia, on September 13-15, 2022. The Hon. Prime Minister was confident WCIT would help to grow the tech industry both globally and in Malaysia and put a spotlight on how technology can benefit humankind through innovation and entrepreneurship. He was looking forward to officially opening WCIT 2022 Malaysia in Penang on September 13th, 2022.

The Prime Minister traveled to the United States on a four-day working visit, during which he also met with President Joe Biden, ASEAN leaders and major U.S. companies, including Microsoft, Google, Tesla, Boeing, IBM, Texas Instruments, GE Aviation, Conoco Phillips, Ford, National Instruments, Infineon, Micron, and Insulet.

“The WCIT is unique in its global perspective on tech issues and its ability to draw users, providers, media and academia from around the world”, said WITSA Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant.  “Global business, government and academic leaders discuss emerging markets, legal and policy issues, political and economic trends, emerging technologies, tech user perspectives and business opportunities in the global marketplace,” continued Dr. Poisant. “I am delighted that Prime Minister Ismail Sabri will personally join us in Penang to open our ‘Olympics of IT’, which help connect and transform the world by exploring innovative approaches to      fulfill the promise of the digital age for everyone.”

Dr. Poisant on May 12, 2022 also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between WITSA, Malaysia’s Human Resource Development Corporation (HRDC) and The National Tech Association of Malaysia (PIKOM). The signing ceremony was attended by      the Malaysian      Minister of Human Resources Datuk Seri Saravanan Murugan,      Senior Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah. HRDC was represented by its Chief Executive Datuk Shahul Dawood.

In the MoU, HRDC, PIKOM and WITSA committed to collaborate in organizing WCIT 2022 Malaysia and to drive transformation and grow the industry given that tech is the key driver of the global economy. The parties also agreed to advocate international public policies that advance the industry’s growth and development, to facilitate international trade and investment in tech products and services through their respective global network of contacts, and to promote industry cooperation and strengthen their national associations through the sharing of knowledge, experience, and critical information. The MoU also stipulated that the parties would work closely with internationally recognized organizations to promote and facilitate growth.

PIKOM Chairman and WITSA Deputy Chairman Dr. Sean Seah urged businesses, governments, users, media and academia from all around the world to participate in WCIT 2022 Malaysia on September 13-15 and join the conversations to “Connect and Transform the World”, the theme of this year’s Congress. “Billions of online connections are driving innovation and changing everything,”      said Dr. Seah. “This changing landscape is a world of opportunities. Make the digital economy relevant to you and you to it,” continued Dr. Seah. “Different economies perceive advances in technology in different ways. How should policy nurture innovation and diversity? What deployment and data are used by governments to respond to change? How should countries and corporations anticipate and respond to shifts and drive actions for positive change, future-proofing technology? Discussions will focus on areas including innovation indices, economic growth, resource depletion, public & private policies, development and more.”

Dr. Seah also stated that Malaysia now is open for business, with most COVID-19 travel restrictions lifted since 1st April 2022. Early Bird tickets for attending the congress both in person and virtually are available until June 30 at https://wcit2022.com/wcit/home.

About WITSA:

The World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is the leading recognized international voice of the global digital technology industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world tech market. WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in digital technology products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations; and providing members with a broad network of professional contacts.

WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the digital technology industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA members work together to achieve a shared vision on important issues of common interest. WITSA makes it possible for its members – ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States – to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues. For more information on WITSA, please visit https://witsa.org/.

About WCIT 2022 Malaysia:

WCIT 2022 Malaysia is organized by PIKOM, strategically enabled by MDEC, and the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia and hosted by the Penang State Government. WCIT 2022 Malaysia includes discussions relating to the implications of technological advancements to legal, political and economic trends affecting tech business processes; presentations of innovative solutions from breakthrough technologies; and B2B/G2G meetings to identify and secure new investment opportunities. Past speakers of WCIT include Al Gore, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, Michael Dell, Larry Ellison, Bill Clinton, Don Tapscott, Bill Gates, Steve Balmer, John Chambers, Craig Barrett, Nicholas Negroponte, Craig Venter and Colin Powell.

For more information about the September 13-15, 2002 World Congress on Innovation and Technology 2022 Malaysia, please visit the official website at https://wcit2022.com/.

 

 

The World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance Appoints New CEO

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May 6, 2022

Contact:          Mr. Yannis Sirros. Mobile: +30 (6) 9 44 77 88 18 E: Yannis@WITSA.org

                         Mr. Dan E. Khoo. Mobile +60 12-650 8392 E: danekhoo@witsa.org

                         Dr. Jim Poisant. Mobile +1 703 728-4547 E: jpoisant@witsa.org

The World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance Appoints New CEO

 Fairfax, VA:  The World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) today appointed Dato Dan E. Khoo as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Khoo will work alongside Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant until his retirement on September 30, 2022.

“After many years at the helm of WITSA, Jim will be retiring at the end of September, following the World Congress on Innovation and Technology in Penang, Malaysia, our flagship event,” stated WITSA Chairman Yannis Sirros. “Jim is responsible for leading WITSA to the great organization that it is today, growing the organization and developing our hugely successful WCIT brand. Jim has been a cornerstone of WITSA for over 25 years, and it is hard to envisage a future without his steadfast leadership, marketing skills, and vision. But, in the words of Heraclitus, ‘There is nothing permanent except change’,” continued Mr. Sirros.

“After extensive vetting and a competitive recruitment outreach, WITSA has chosen a uniquely qualified individual in Dan E Khoo, who has previously served as the Chairman of WITSA,” said WITSA Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant.  “In addition, Dan organized the highly successful World Congress in Kuala Lumpur in 2008, which hosted more than 3,300 delegates from 92 countries, 105 speakers, and over $10 million in sponsorships! He has been involved with WITSA for more than 25 years, first as a speaker at our World Congress in Bilbao, Spain. I am therefore extremely pleased to welcome Dan back to our esteemed organization!” continued Dr. Poisant.

“I am honored and privileged to return to WITSA in this executive capacity. WITSA’s unique alliance of tech industry associations from over 80 countries and economies provides a global platform and an exciting opportunity to impact change on a global scale. I look forward to contributing towards an organization that is the leading recognized voice of the global tech industry, a key driver of digital transformation and the global economy, and an advocate of international public policies that advance the industry’s growth and development,” stated Dan Khoo.

About Dato’ Dan E Khoo:

Born in Penang, Dato’ Dan E Khoo has a lifelong passion for technology, strategy and entrepreneurship. His global outlook is shaped by leadership experience in California’s Silicon Valley, Malaysia, Vietnam and Hong Kong with roles in private enterprise, non-profit and the public sector. Entrepreneurship exits with a trade sale of a tech startup to a Nasdaq-listed enterprise at the height of the dot-com boom and an IPO in Bursa Malaysia came after he led the creation of technology sections in two English-language newspapers. Khoo’s involvement in non-profit organizations led to stints as Chairman of the National Tech Association of Malaysia (PIKOM), Director of The Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization (ASOCIO), President of the Southeast-Asia Information Technology Organization (SITO) and Chairman of WITSA. He has also served as Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation’s Head of Strategy and as President of MDEC Americas Inc in Palo Alto, California. He has won multiple awards including the WITSA Lifetime Achievement Award and PIKOM Man of the Year.

About WITSA:

The World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is the leading recognized international voice of the global digital technology industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market. WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in digital technology products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations; and providing members with a broad network of professional contacts.

WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the digital technology industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA members work together to achieve a shared vision on important issues of common interest. WITSA makes it possible for its members – ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States – to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues. For more information on WITSA, please visit https://witsa.org/.

𝗪𝗜𝗧𝗦𝗔 𝗪𝗘𝗕𝗜𝗡𝗔𝗥: 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝘂𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗪𝗧𝗢 𝗱𝗶𝗴𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝗻𝗲𝗴𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁’𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗶𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘆 (𝗔𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗹 𝟴 @𝟵:𝟬𝟬𝗔𝗠 𝗘𝗗𝗧)

Join us for an update on the WTO digital trade negotiations at 9:00AM EDT on Friday, April 8th, featuring Nick Ashton-Hart, the Geneva Representative of the Digital Trade Network (DTN)! WITSA is working closely with our partners in the DTN to encourage a comprehensive and positive outcome at the WTO Geneva-based e-commerce (JSI) negotiations. To that effect, you will recall that WITSA published a policy statement in support of digital trade rules for innovation and sustainable trade rules (https://witsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/WITSA_Trade_05_May_2021.pdf).

The use of digital commerce has demonstrated a meteoric rise over the past few decades. It was heightened by the rapid uptake and use of digital commerce for both business and social purposes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout this time, regulations governing e-commerce trade have generally not kept up nor been uniform between countries – and as a result, the impacts have been immediate, unevenly spread and been disruptive to both trade and investment. The pandemic in particular highlighted the divide in countries’ ability to take up e-commerce opportunities, due to disparities in internet access and connectivity as well as key digital skills gaps. Unsurprisingly, developed, high income economies was where the e-commerce adoption was greatest. The JSI aims to level the playing field by agreeing a set of common rules across a range of electronic commerce issues including: enabling electronic commerce; promoting openness and trust in e-commerce; cross-cutting issues; telecommunications and market access for e-commerce firms.   

WITSA and DTN encourages the ongoing efforts at the WTO to negotiate a new comprehensive e-commerce agreement, and the Joint Statement Initiative on E-Commerce (JSI) presents a critical opportunity for the global trade body to prove its relevance in the current political environment and could lead to broader WTO reforms as well. WITSA is concerned about the very real risk that the significant achievements in multilateral trade liberalization since 1948 might begin to erode, as nations become introspective and protective in the face of global financial and economic challenges. This is a serious and complex issue for the global business community, affecting not just the future of multilateral negotiations, but – equally important – the future of global trade rule making and dispute settlement.

The event will take place on Friday, April 8th at 9:30AM EDT (time-zone conversions]: Please connect through our GBX platform https://witsa.fxvep.com/b2bmeeting/member/video-detail/14 (please see attached guidelines to set up a free GBX account if you don’t already have one!). if you have any difficulty, you can connect directly at:  https://meet.goto.com/608015133)

WITSA and IT Ukraine Association Applauds Ukraine’s ‘Hidden IT Heroes’, Calls on Support from the Global ICT Industry

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 March 28, 2022

Contact:     Mr. Yannis Sirros. Mob: +30 (6) 9 44 77 88 18 E: Yannis@WITSA.org

                     Dr. Jim Poisant. Mob. +1 703 728-4547 E: jpoisant@witsa.org

                     Mr. Constantine Vasuk. Mob: +38 099 266 39 03 E: hello@itukraine.org.ua

WITSA and IT Ukraine Association Applauds Ukraine’s ‘Hidden IT Heroes’, Calls on Support from the Global ICT Industry

Fairfax, VA: The World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) and IT Ukraine Association fully support UN Secretary António Guterres and his appeal to President Putin to end the war in Ukraine. “Such unilateral measures conflict directly with the United Nations Charter, which states that all members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations”, said WITSA Secretary General Dr. Jim Poisant.

As an organization dedicated to the peace and prosperity and fulfilment of the digital promise to all by enhancing international trade and the rule of law for nearly 50 years, we stand with the innocent people of Ukraine in these difficult times and encourage the world community to do the same, said WITSA Chairman Mr. Yannis Sirros. “We implore President Putin to withdraw his weapons immediately and work toward restoring a path of dialogue and negotiations to save the people of Ukraine from the scourge of war”, continued Mr. Sirros.

In recent years, Ukraine has made major strides toward becoming a digital nation, with the ambitious goal of transforming Ukraine into a large European IT hub. Even though Ukraine has been entangled in a perpetual war with Russia since 2014, the Ukrainian IT industry has experienced a rapid growth of 36% and the sector has seen a significant influx of new talent. Information technology products and services is now one of the key export industries of Ukraine and, over the past three years, the industry has more than doubled its exports and has boosted its workforce by more than 50%. Many apps, programs and services are produced by Ukrainian companies, and citizens around the world rely on Ukrainian talent and expertise every day. Ukraine’s tech sector grew 20 percent in 2020 and is powered by a tradition of technical education and a recent boom in outsourcing from more expensive countries.

“Having already had reliable cooperation with WITSA beforehand, we are delighted to partner again, this time to provide support to Ukraine in this difficult hour. Currently being the only operating export industry, Ukrainian Tech has been demonstrating its resilience and still keeping its potential to grow. The way the Ukrainian IT businesses are holding up under the conditions of war is very encouraging and I am confident that together with the representatives of the global tech market we will have enough strength and motivation to rise to today’s challenges and to do this with dignity,” said Konstantin Vasuk, Executive Director of the IT Ukraine Association.

It is imperative that the global ICT sector support Ukraine by maintaining business operations and to further invest in and helping build and preserve the burgeoning tech sector in Europe’s second largest country. In particular, corporations that are looking for providers for their projects, as well as those that have divested or suspended their business in Russia should consider investing and finding partners in the Ukrainian tech sector. By supporting Ukraine during the war, clients will most importantly continue to receive their desired products and results.

WITSA and IT Ukraine Association strongly encourage all tech companies to assess the human rights impacts of their business decisions in line with the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

We therefore strongly encourage people from the global tech industry to consider supporting Ukraine through the #StandwithUkraine global initiative. The NGO Techiia Foundation, verified by the IT Ukraine Association, joined the #StandwithUkraine global initiative. The idea is to let public figures and entrepreneurs express their support for Ukrainians via video recorded at the WePlay Arena L. A., which is uniquely decorated as a platform for the #StandwithUkraine initiative. The Ambassador and Consul General of Belgium Gunther Sleeuwagen, IT entrepreneurs Andrei Komarovsky and Ivan Agapchev, the Film Director, Screenwriter, and Producer Roland Emmerich have joined the project already. The IT Ukraine Association calls for entrepreneurs, who would like to feature in the next videos – live from the arena in Los Angeles (USA) or online, broadcasting the video on the screens.

Courtesy of DIGITALEUROPE, a non-exhaustive list of organisations – both international and local – active on the ground which you can support, as well as individual and collective initiatives from the tech and scientific communities to help the people of Ukraine is provided below:

 About WITSA:

The World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is the leading recognized international voice of the global digital technology industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market. WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in digital technology products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations; and providing members with a broad network of professional contacts.

WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the digital technology industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA members work together to achieve a shared vision on important issues of common interest. WITSA makes it possible for its members – ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States – to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues. For more information on WITSA, please visit https://witsa.org/.

About IT Ukraine

IT Ukraine is the country’s largest association of IT companies, representing the interests of more than 75,000 IT professionals. Since the Russian aggression, the association has been at the forefront of the industry’s response, coordinating cyber and IT support, partnering with humanitarian organizations, and spreading news and information to counter Russian propaganda.

The World Information Technology & Services Alliance has a new name: The World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance

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 January 27, 2022

Contact:        Dr. Jim Poisant. Mobile: +1 703 728-4547 E: jpoisant@witsa.org
                        Mr. Yannis Sirros. Mobile: +30 (6) 9 44 77 88 18 E: Yannis@WITSA.org

The World Information Technology & Services Alliance has a new name:  The World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance

 Fairfax, VA:  The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA), the leading recognized international voice of the global digital technology industry, today announced that it has rebranded the organization to fully reflect the current state of digital transformation.

The new name of WITSA, “The World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance”, was adopted to ensure that WITSA will continue to be recognized as a relevant, evolving organization that represents the interests of the global digital technology industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market.

“For WITSA to remain relevant it must transform itself along with nearly every other organization on earth,” stated WITSA Chairman Mr. Yannis Sirros. “If WITSA continued to associate itself only with the words: information technology, we would demonstrate to the world that we failed to recognize the world has not only changed, but it is also continually changing,” continued Mr. Sirros. “The world continues to transform with existing, and evolving technologies constantly converging. The world has grown out of the old IT model and is going global and digital. This has been clearly demonstrated during the Pandemic. Those organizations that don’t adapt, fail to exist”.

“By embracing its new name, WITSA illustrates to the world that we are also evolving and transforming just like other organizations, governments, institutions and business entities around the globe. Representing most ICT companies, WITSA fully appreciates its place and importance in the Digital Age, added WITSA’s Secretary General, Dr. Jim Poisant. Technology’s unprecedented pace of innovation calls for adaption and change,” continued Dr. Poisant. “By rebranding WITSA, we intend on continuing to evolve so we accurately represent the digital technology industry.”

 About WITSA:

The World Innovation, Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is the leading recognized international voice of the global digital technology industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market. WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in digital technology products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations; and providing members with a broad network of professional contacts.

WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the digital technology industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA members work together to achieve a shared vision on important issues of common interest. WITSA makes it possible for its members – ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States – to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues. For more information on WITSA, please visit https://witsa.org/.

[INVITATION] WITSA Members Complimentary “OKR Master Bootcamp” on January 14, 2022

The GBX platform aims to offer relevant content and experiences to all its constituents. We do this through partners that can provide a unique and relevant experience that will help our members advance their international business. GBX’s first experience will be focused on a very important world class management methodology, offered as a courtesy by the Assespro Nacional (Brazil) member, OBr.global, The OKR Master Bootcamp – January 14 – 09:00 – 11:00 AM EST

This bootcamp is available free of charge to all WITSA member associations and member companies. Please circulate this invitation widely throughout your membership!

The OKR Master Bootcamp helps you understand how to execute your strategy with focus on goals and achieving above average results.

OKR (Objectives and Key Results) is a management methodology that has been the foundation for success by Silicon Valley startups and companies. It was created by former Intel CEO Andrew S. Grove, but became better known when, in 1999, one of Google’s investors, John Doerr, introduced the methodology to the founders and contributors. The method gained fame for supporting Google’s growth – the company went from around 40 people in 1999 to over 85,000 today – showing that it can be used by both small businesses and large corporations.

In simple terms, it can be said that it is a formula for defining goals such as “I will” (Goal) “measured by” (set of key results).

For the methodology to have an impact on the business, it is imperative to understand how to think and define the objectives and, while at the same time, identify the most adherent KPIs to show the results desired by the established objectives.

Objectives are a concise statement of the company’s desired direction. A good goal can raise awareness and engage people so they can imagine how impactful it will be to achieve it. Key results are the indicators that directly confirm the achievement of the objective.

The OKR Master Bootcamp aims to equip managers and collaborators with a practical understanding of how to apply the methodology and build an OKR program within the cultural context of their respective organizations.

This bootcamp helps participants exercise how to define qualitative objectives and identify key quantitative results that best confirm the objective, in addition to presenting techniques on how to seek and promote greater alignment among all members of the organization.

  • How to prepare the organization to implement an OKR program
  • How to build a journey to achieve greater adherence to the constant use of the methodology
  • How to accelerate employee engagement around the methodology
  • How to explore, through exercises and simulations, the construction of a collective alignment around a greater purpose
  • How to identify and define “champions” to successfully implement the methodology
  • How to understand the “corporate barriers” to the “company-wide” implementation of the methodology
  • Case studies of successful OKR implementations
  • Implementation case studies that illustrate “positions” that should be avoided
  • Platform demonstration that aligns, organizes, and automates objectives, key results and tasks

Use the following link to register for the event: https://witsa.fxvep.com/b2bmeeting/registration (event page direct link: https://witsa.fxvep.com/b2bmeeting/admin/event-itinerary?eid=6-OKR-Master-Bootcamp—Preparing-to-apply-the-methodology-that-focuses-on-results-and-improves-performance-(Jan.-14,-2022,-9:00-11:00AM-ET))

Looking forward to seeing you then,

The GBX Team

 

 

WITSA Signs Global Industry Letter on Draft Data Transfer Assessment Measures from Cyberspace Administration of China

December 1, 2021

WITSA today signed a Global Industry Letter regarding the draft Security Assessment Measures for Cross-border Data Transfers recently issued by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC).  

The attached letter underscores the benefits of cross-border data transfers to China’s economy and governmental policy objectives. The letter also makes several procedural and substantive recommendations to the CAC.

The ability to transfer data securely across transnational digital networks is of central importance to the national policy objectives of many countries, including China. Data transfers support COVID-19 recovery, digital connectivity, cybersecurity, fraud prevention, anti-money laundering, and other activities relating to the protection of health, privacy, security, and regulatory compliance.

To avoid prejudicing these priorities, WITSA and our partners respectfully submit that the draft Data Transfer Assessment Measures should: (1) not impose greater restrictions on data transfers than necessary; (2) afford equal treatment to Chinese and foreign enterprises, services, and technologies; and (3) be administered in a uniform, impartial, and reasonable manner with a view to ensuring non-discriminatory and streamlined approvals.

The letter is in accordance with established WITSA policy principles. For further information, see our Statement of Policy on Restrictions of the Free Flow of Information Across Nationality/Regional Borders.

The letter is the third in a series of letters that global associations have shared with Chinese authorities in relation to the data transfer aspects of China’s draft Personal Information Protection Law, China’s draft Data Security Law, and China’s Cybersecurity Law.  The two prior global industry statements can be found here and here.

Global Industry Statement on the WTO Moratorium on Customs Duties on Electronic Transmissions

November 23, 2021:

WITSA has today joined, through our Digital Trade Network (DTN), a global coalition of industry associations in urging members of the World Trade Organization to keep the Internet free of tariffs ahead of the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12).

Supported by 73 industry associations active across six continents, the Global Industry Statement on the WTO Moratorium on Customs Duties on Electronic Transmissions urges WTO Members to renew the Moratorium until the 13th Ministerial Conference.

WITSA Announces 2021 Global ICT Excellence Award Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 13, 2021

Contact: Anders Halvorsen           ahalvorsen@witsa.org     +1 571 265-5964

 

Winners demonstrated excellence in improving the human condition through digital innovation and public-private partnerships

 Dhaka, Bangladesh: On the second day of the 2021 World Congress on IT (WCIT 2021) Dhaka, Bangladesh hybrid event, the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) announced that fourteen private and public sector organizations from four different continents were selected to receive the 2021 WITSA Global ICT Excellence Awards, a special WITSA Chairman’s Award as well as a WITSA Eminent Persons Award. WITSA is the leading recognized voice of the global digital technology industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90% of the world’s ICT market. The WITSA Awards recognize the entities that made the most significant contributions to mankind in 2021.

“The Selection committee for the 2021 the Global ICT Excellence Awards had the honor of reviewing well over 100 well-qualified, unique and remarkable award submissions,” said WITSA Chairman Yannis Sirros. “I would also like to congratulate all of the winners for the superb job that they are doing in bringing the benefits of digital technology to children, citizens, governments, education, science, healthcare, the environment, industries and societies as well as nearly every aspect of our life; thus, contributing to WITSA’s vision and the theme of this congress “Fulfilling the Promise of the Digital Age,” continued Mr. Sirros.

The Awards also recognized an investment solution that uses unique innovative technologies to allow  people without bank accounts to make low risk investments for capital conservation; a smart building digital platform that effectively reinforces productivity of building facilities, reduce operation cost and achieve sustainable development using AI; a company that helps the planet by remanufacturing and repurposing computers, thereby significantly reducing the carbon footprint and e-waste in its country; a tele-health contact center that provides important health services through digital technologies in a country with limited resources; a cloud-based infrastructure where people everywhere can get critical information and help to improve their health and fitness, bringing enormous benefits to not only the local sports industry,  but also society as a whole; a one-of-a-kind cloud-based eBook creator that allows educators to create interactive eBooks in any format and engage students in both the online and offline worlds; and a company that uses innovative technologies to include AI and machine-learning to save lives and billions of dollars by effectively,  as well as affordably eliminating the risk of catastrophic bird collisions at airports worldwide.

Governments were also recognized for building a highly successful startup ecosystem; for creating an all-hazard preparedness and response digital government platform; for measurably improving and easing the everyday quality of life and productivity of citizens and businesses through the simplification and digitization of the state; for creating a digital dashboard that has helped safely guide its country through the COVID-19 pandemic; for a proven project that reduces crime using digitized automation processes using deploying advanced data analytics and graphing technology and connectivity analysis of big data; for a celebrated public platform for learning resources that utilizes cloud and advanced technology and is used by hundreds of schools and millions of students and teachers.

The nominations submitted to this year’s awards program spanned WITSA’s entire global membership, from Egypt to Bangladesh, from Argentina to the United Kingdom and beyond.  “This year’s awards are occurring at a unique time in history.  Despite going through a global pandemic, we are delighted that we will be able to recognize some of the very best ICT solutions from governments, institutions, individuals, and industry”, stated WITSA’s Secretary General, Dr. Jim Poisant.

The WITSA Global ICT Excellence Awards is one of WITSA’s most popular programs. Started over 20 years ago, at the 2000 World Congress on IT in Taipei, WITSA has – as the leading recognized international voice of the global ICT industry – utilized its unprecedented reach into the ICT industry in over 80 countries, from Australia and New Zealand to Bangladesh and Malaysia, to South Africa and Nigeria, to Argentina and Canada, in order to select the most impactful and innovative candidates from every corner of the world.

Over the past 21 years, WITSA has recognized its award winners on the world stage, starting in Taipei, to Adelaide (Australia), Athens (Greece), Austin (Texas), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Montreal (Canada), Guadalajara (Mexico), Brasilia (Brazil), Hyderabad (India), Yerevan (Armenia), Penang (Malaysia), and now Dhaka, Bangladesh.

What makes the Global ICT Excellence Awards unique is that nominations are made by experts that know the industry best; the national and regional WITSA ICT industry member associations. With unparalleled insight, the most innovative and impactful solutions are brought before an independent panel of judges, consisting of select industry leaders and luminaries from key international organizations, corporations and government entities, who spent countless hours reviewing submissions from all around the world.

The following are the winners of the 2021 WITSA Global ICT Excellence Awards:

 

  1. 2021 Chairman’s Award: Mondly – Learn 33 Languages
  1. 2021 Digital Opportunity/Inclusion Award (Private Sector/NGO):
    – Poincenot’s Investment Solution
  2. 2021 Digital Opportunity/Inclusion Award (Public Sector): Ministry of Digital Governance, Hellenic Republic
  3. 2021 Smart Cities Award (Private Sector/NGO):
    – Arup: Neuron Smart Building Digital Platform – Empowering Building Sustainability and Wellbeing through AI & Digital Technology
  4. 2021 Smart Cities Award (Public Sector): Emergency Dada Platform, all-hazard preparedness, and response for a digital government
  5. 2021 Sustainable Growth Award/Circular Economy Award (Private/Public Sector/NGO):
    – Rentwise SDN BHD
  6. 2021 Innovative E-Health Solutions Award (Private Sector/NGO): National Tele-Health Contact Center -Shastho Batayon 16263
  7. 2021 Innovative E-Health Solutions Award (Public Sector): Taipei City Government Covid19 Dashboard and Data Analysis
  8. 2021 Public/Private Partnership Award (Private Sector/NGO): AEB (Acer e-Enabling Service Business Inc.) and Taiwan i-Sports Information Platform for Taiwan Sports Administration
  9. 2021 Public/Private Partnership Award (Public Sector): Singapore Police Force
  10. 2021 E-Education & Learning Award (Private Sector/NGO): Vijua
  11. 2021 E-Education & Learning Award (Public Sector): Taipei CooC Cloud
  12. 2021 Emerging Digital Solutions Award: “nvbird airport”, by NVISIONIST SA.
  13. 2021 Startup Ecosystem Award: MDEC: Tech Ecosystem & Globalization – GAIN Programme to Accelerate Globalization (Malaysia)

WITSA bestowed its highest award, the Eminent Persons Award, to the Honorable Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, for her fight again fundamentalism, militancy and terrorism as well her dedication to the Bangladeshi people’s fundamental rights, dignity, self-sufficiency and prosperity.

As in 2021 this year’s WITSA Awards received a large number of highly qualified nominees, received from WITSA’s network of ICT industry associations across the globe. WITSA therefore, decided to also recognize the most noteworthy Runner-up candidates and Merit winners. While not being selected as winners of one of the award categories, these nominees nevertheless displayed first-rate use and innovation of ICT.

On November 13th, WITSA recognized 13 Runner-up and 17 Merit awards. All winners of the 2021 WITSA Awards are profiled in detail below:

About WITSA

The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is the leading recognized international voice of the global ICT industry, whose members from over 80 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market.  WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in ICT products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations; and providing members with a broad network of professional contacts.  WITSA hosts the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT), the premier global industry sponsored ICT conference.

WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the ICT industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA members work together to achieve a shared vision on important issues of common interest. WITSA makes it possible for its members — ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States — to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues.

For more information on WITSA, please visit www.witsa.org

WITSA Eminent Persons Award

The Honorable Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh

In 2010, WITSA decided to broaden its awards to include individuals who have made and are continuing to make a significant contribution to mankind. These contributions are not necessarily ICT related.

The first winner of the award was President Nelson Mandela of South Africa.  Additional winners include Co-Fathers of the Internet Drs. Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn, the Fathers of WI-FI Drs. John O’Sullivan and Terence Percival, Dr. Miguel Ângelo Laporta Nicolelis, best known for his pioneering work surrounding brain-machine interface technology, Mike Lazaratis, Founder of the Smart Phone, as well as other luminaries such as Dr Bill Magee the founder of Operation Smile, and Mr. Karen Vardanyan for his pioneering work in establishing the IC industry in Armenia.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is the longest serving prime minister in Bangladesh’s history. Sheikh Hasina is a staunch crusader against fundamentalism, militancy and terrorism who has been a consistent force ensuring people’s right to food, to vote and protecting other fundamental rights. Despite a life filled with hardships, under her leadership, people of Bangladesh achieved democracy and freedom of speech. Bangladesh earned the dignity of becoming a lower middle-income country under her rule, having earlier been designated as a Least Developed Country (LDC). The country has achieved tremendous success on socio-economic fronts during her tenure. She has been bestowed many honorary degrees from esteemed universities around the world and was honored with numerous awards for her outstanding contributions to social work, peace and stability from notable institutions such as The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in recognition of her outstanding contribution to promotion of girls’ and women’s education. She was conferred on the United Nation’s highest environmental accolade ‘Champion of the Earth Award 2015’ in policy leadership category for her forefront role at home and abroad to face the adverse impacts of climate change. The International Telecommunication Union gave her the ‘ICTs in Sustainable Development Award 2015’ for her outstanding contributions in spreading information technology in the country.

For more information, see, WITSA’s Eminent Persons Webpage.

THE CHAIRMAN’S AWARD

Mondly Learn 33 Languages (Romania)

Romanian-based, Mondly is a leading online language learning platform that enables over 80 million people from 190 countries to learn 33 languages. Launched in 2014, Mondly quickly became a leading app in the mobile space, reaching #1 in Education in most European countries, Latin America and Asia. According to Statista, Mondly now ranks among the top 5 language learning apps worldwide. It is a state-of-the-art speech recognition and chatbot technologies that has won multiple awards from Apple, Google and Facebook. The tool is available on iPhone & iPad, Android and web.

Mondly was the first to launch language learning apps in VR and AR with chatbot and speech recognition and have since further disrupted the language learning industry with innovative solutions such as Hands-free learning. Mondly’s mission is to advance the way people learn languages and endorse cultural and linguistic diversity through cutting-edge technologies.

Contact: Alex Iliescu, CEO and Co-Founder at Mondly

E-mail: alex@mondly.com | Phone: +40733969116

Nominated by: ATIC, Romania

For more information, see: Award Nomination | www.mondly.com | Facebook | Instagram | Linkedin

DIGITAL OPPORTUNITY/INCLUSION AWARD (PRIVATE SECTOR/NGO)

Poincenot’s Investment Solution (Argentina)

In 2018 there were over 450,0000 custodial accounts in Argentina. This reflects that only 1% of the population had access to invest in the financial system, which was far below average in comparison to other countries of the region. Those who were banked and had some kind of knowledge of investments were the target. In light of the chance of providing access and the possibility to invest to a huge sector of the population, which was left out of the financial system, in October 2018, Mercado Pago launched an investment solution targeted at users of its digital wallet, who were able to open a custodial account and invest their money on Bind mutual funds with just 5 clicks, in only 3 minutes. By clicking on the “invest” option, the user can start getting returns from the account balance. Moreover, the solution is in compliance with the monitoring process required by regulatory bodies. This initiative was quite innovative and allowed including an audience that, the majority of them, had not had access to investments. Mercado Pago´s goal is to bring a Mutual Fund to the market aimed at small investors, with a straightforward solution, 100% online. Thus, by means of the use of technology, a sophisticated product becomes an accessible option for everyone.

Argentina has a large number of people without access to the financial system. This solution uses innovative technology to allow unbanked people to make low risk investments primarily for capital conservation. This technological innovation promoted the opening of more than 3,700,000 new investment accounts. Nowadays, the daily average of opening is 6,000 investment accounts, and transactions (subscription and redemption) reach 1,000,000 daily.

Apart from the Mutual Investment Fund, users can also make use of the benefits brought by this digital wallet: Make transactions with QR code; Utilities payments; Cellphone recharge;  Transport card recharge;  DIRECTV recharge;  Balance transfers.

Contact: Sebastián Rodríguez Coordinador de Desarrollo de Mercados CESSI ArgenTIna Ciudad de Buenos Aires Tel: (+5411) 5217-7802 | sebastian.rodriguez@cessi.org.ar | www.cessi.org.ar

Nominated by: CESSI, Argentina

More information: https://poincenot.com/; Award nomination

 

DIGITAL OPPORTUNITY/INCLUSION AWARD (PUBLIC SECTOR)

Ministry of Digital Governance, Hellenic Republic (Greece)

The Chief goal of the Ministry of Digital Governance is to improve and ease the everyday quality of life and productivity of citizens and businesses measurably, through the simplification and digitization of the state and to transform Greece into “digital by default” by 2023.

Featuring all the contemporaneous digital services (501) plus two new ones which are the most popular services by citizen demand of the Greek government (“Solemn Declaration” and “Power of Attorney”) in order to help alleviate the citizen’s need to physically travel to a government service center.

It is estimated that just one of the new services will quash about 8.5 million visits to government service centers. It has deployed teleconference, teleworking, healthcare (drug prescriptions on the cloud,) remote education, arts streaming digital solutions as well as a “Digital Solidarity” platform. It has deployed a digital service for citizens to request work commute and extraordinary movement permits, as well as a COVID-19 patient registry, paperless prescriptions for all patients to simplify drug purchase and delivery and eliminate unnecessary visits to drugstores and physicians.

It has applied for European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIHs), which will function as one-stop shops that help companies dynamically respond to the digital challenges and become more competitive.

Contact: Dr. Thanos Dimas Email: a.dimas@mindigital.gr Phone/Mobile: +3069 4695 7695

Nominated by: SEPE, Greece

More information: Award nomination; ; DG-ConnectKEP VideoDigital Review videoMyHealthApp videoNDA Teaser video.

SMART CITIES AWARD (PRIVATE SECTOR/NGO)

Arup: Neuron Smart Building Digital Platform – Empowering Building Sustainability and Wellbeing through AI & Digital Technology (Hong Kong)

A scalable, innovative, proven solution with global potential, the Neuron Smart Building Digital Platform serves as the ‘digital brain’ for buildings to monitor their systems and respond in real time. It consolidates and connect data from disparate equipment and devices to provide customized insight and machine learning models for building performance management and improvement, new building design, asset and operation management, energy monitoring and optimization – which makes our buildings, districts and cities healthier, and creates more sustainable places to live and work.

It enables prompt and adaptive response to dynamic environment, helping users effectively reinforce productivity of building facility, reduce operation cost and achieve sustainable development.

The application is beyond buildings to other infrastructures as part of their digital transformation journey. It has been successfully implemented at One Taikoo Place in Hong Kong, and the National Aquatics Center in Beijing, and will be adopted at Two Taikoo Place to be completed in 2021/22. It is a milestone for the creation of an ecosystem for smart buildings and is not only beneficial to construction industry, but also paving the way for further adoption in various fields and sectors from hardware to services, bringing a new momentum to smart city development

Contact:  Jerman Cheung / Manager – PR and Events

Email: jerman.cheung@arup.com | Phone/Mobile: 3447 6159

Nominated by: HKITF, Hong Kong

More information:  Award nomination.

SMART CITIES AWARD (PUBLIC SECTOR)

Emergency Dada Platform, all-hazard preparedness, and response for a digital government (Taiwan)

Has won multiple awards, demonstrated high impact, scalable, using innovative technologies, wide range of digital applications that benefit Taipei population on multiple levels. 

Five strategies:

  1. Integration of multifaceted intelligence:
  2. Web-Geographic Information System dynamic visualization
  3. Operation on a single platform
  4. Responsive web design
  5. Digital innovation for the Internet of things, big data, and artificial intelligence

In accordance with these five strategies, NTPC has developed an emergency data platform (EDP) to provide four major applications, namely incident visualization, monitoring and early-warning alerts, potential analysis and prediction, and hazardous information announcement, to respond to the impact of imminent catastrophes. The successful experience of the EDP can be shared worldwide, especially with the cities confronted by various natural disasters and epidemics. By introducing this disaster prevention and relief platform system, the government’s disaster response efficiency can be improved, and civilian casualties and loss during disasters can be reduced.

Contact Name/title: 林晏達 科員 | Email: ae2810@ntpc.gov.tw | Phone/Mobile: +886938232362

Nominated by: CISA, Taiwan.

More information: Award nomination.

SUSTAINABLE GROWTH / CIRCULAR ECONOMY (PRIVATE/PUBLIC SECTOR/NGO)

RENTWISE SDN BHD (Malaysia)

A Global impact, scalable, and proven solution, Rentwise began operations in 2001 and from inception have been championing the need for a circular IT business model. The company acquires computers from the market when organizations retire these computers. Through a remanufacturing process, these computers are then restored to a ‘as-new condition’ and put back (repurposed) into the market either through a lease to use model or a sale, both of which the user is subsequently encouraged to return or sell back the computer to Rentwise at the end of use.

For the past few years, the company has been processing an average of 20,000 computers – a combination of laptops and desktops purchased back from the private and public sector annually. This reduces the country’s annual IT carbon footprint by 9,500 tons which is equivalent to 105 metric tons of e-waste.

Rentwisers are also on a social empowerment mission to inculcate within society the importance of repurposing than mere recycling. As a recognition to our cause, we were recently conferred the winner of the Circular Economy Leadership category of the Asia Responsible Enterprise Award (AREA) 2020 by Enterprise Asia, a regional non-profit organization that includes panel judges and support from UN Social Impact Fund and other like-minded leading authorities.

Contact PIKOM, Malaysia: Mr. Ong Kian Yew: oky@pikom.org.my

More information: NominationPresentationCompany Profile

INNOVATIVE EHEALTH SOLUTIONS AWARD (Private SECTOR/ngo)

National Tele-Health Contact Center -Shastho Batayon 16263 (Bangladesh)

Providing important health services through digital technologies in a country with limited resources. Scalable, some degree of innovation and proven benefits. This is the First & Largest Gov. initiative for doctor based tele health contact center in Bangladesh. Shastho Batayon is the ONE STOP & LARGEST DIGITAL HEALTH SERVICE FOR THE CITIZEN OF BANGLADESH.

Won the Digital Bangladesh Award 2020. It is an integrated, innovative health service model accessible 24/7/365 from anywhere by land line & mobile phone by dialing the short code 16263. It provides more than 10 innovative health services and even this service is also integrated with other nationally important citizen service. Shastho Batayon has created exciting opportunities for providing the responsive, low cost & high-quality health services for citizen with diversified solutions and additional resources. More & more innovative health services can be added to deliver from a single ONE-STOP platform- strategic plan will guide us.

Contact: Shohorab Ahmed Chowdhury, Managing Director (MD); Synesis IT Ltd.

Email: md@synesisit.com.bd,  shohorab@synesisitltd.com

Alternative E-Mail: mamun@synesisit.com.bd, zunaid@synesisit.com.bd

Phone/Mobile: +8801912499989 ; Alternative Phone/Mobile: +8801751866600 N

Nominated by: BCS, Bangladesh

More information

INNOVATIVE EHEALTH SOLUTIONS AWARD (PUBLIC SECTOR)

Taipei City Government Covid19 Dashboard and Data Analysis (Taiwan)

The COVID dashboard provides the city government’s decision-making team with key data including trends of the pandemic across the world, in Taiwan, and Taipei. In addition to statistical data, TUIC have more detailed COVID-19 data for Taipei City including Hot spots of confirmed cases, PCR positive rate, home isolation, total of rapid screening positive rates, real-time data on the flow of people entering the public spaces, and the number of people in epidemic prevention hotels.

In addition to using dashboards for monitoring data, TUIC has also conducted in-depth analysis and research. It uses epidemic investigation data to analyze infection associations, grasp the connections between confirmed cases and close contacts, expand the scope of the contact list, and clarify the infection chain of those diagnosed with the virus. It also uses the data of the confirmed cases to calculate the Rt value (Effective Reproductive Number) and the map of the confirmed growth rate of each area in Taipei City, assisting decision-making teams to quickly assess the weekly development of the pandemic in Taipei City.

Contact Name/title: Sun-Yi, Yang/ Sub-section Chief Email: ic-sofiayang@mail.taipei.gov.tw  Phone/Mobile: +886-2-2720-8889 ext.8588

Nominated by CISA, Taiwan

More information: Award Nomination

PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AWARDS (PRIVATE SECTOR/NGO)

 AEB (Acer e-Enabling Service Business Inc.) and Taiwan i-Sports Information Platform for Taiwan Sports Administration

This Project is well established (since 2015) and have proven successes. Half the Taiwanese population use the service and has resulted in a more active population. The Project is a partnership between Taiwan Sports Administration, the governing authority of sports activity in Taiwan, and Acer e-Enabling Service Business Inc. (AEB), an IT service provider for organizations looking for solutions of digital transformation. The Project set a goal at the inception to “instill health lifestyle to general public to meet the challenges brought upon by ageing society” through the nationwide promotion of sports/health activity and the establishment of well-architect information infrastructure.

It is a cloud-based infrastructure where people everywhere in the country can easily access sports information such as the nearest sports facility and services provided by the facility. It provides “data” to people for them to understand their status of physical fitness, creates an ecosystem where those in needs of professional sports advice can find coaches with authenticated certifications, and those in pursuit of a professional coaching career can be properly trained and certified.

The Taiwan i-Sports Information Platform was built and started to operate from 2015 until today, and in the process has concluded 5 sub-projects and implemented 15 systems. The Project brings enormous benefits to not only the local sports industry but also the overall society. 50% of Taiwanese have visited the platform for various purposes, accounted for around 12.3 million persons and 600% growth since the Project was initiated in 2015. More than 2600 sports events are published per year. Sports event participation rate has increased to around 85%, and the participation rate of events for the elderly also increased 51% in 2021 as compared to 2015

Contact: Olive Chang, Marketing Manager

Email: Olive.C.Chang@aceraeb.com | Phone/Mobile: (886)2-26963131# 5022 / (886) 909132661

Nominated by CISA, Taiwan

More information: Award Nomination 

PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AWARDS (PUBLIC SECTOR)

 Singapore Police Force

A proven project that reduces crime using digitized automation processes using deploying advanced data analytics and graphing technology and connectivity analysis of big data, Project POET is a collaboration between Singapore Police Force (Public Sector Category) and three private sector banks, namely Development Bank of Singapore (DBS), Oversea-Chinese Bank of Singapore (OCBC) and United Overseas Bank (UOB). POET leverages technology and process automation to facilitate the way data is retrieved and provided. These partner banks have optimized the process so as to speed up turnaround time.

Banking information that used to take between ten days to ninety days is now made available to investigators within one working day. This prompt exchange of banking information has improved the agility of law enforcement. Investigators are able to react faster to prevent the perpetuation of crime, improve crime detection and enhance solvability. With the improved speed of detection, potential victims are prevented from falling prey early and potential money are saved. POET has also significantly transformed the way data is managed to strengthen the surveillance and sense-making capabilities of the financial industry.

Contact: Camille Ang / 3 Planning Officer, Organization Development Division

Email: camille_ang@spf.gov.sg

Nominated by SGTech, Singapore

E-EDUCATION & LEARNING AWARD (PRIVATE SECTOR/NGO)

 Vijua (Egypt)

With More than 200,000 around the world, Kotobee Author is a comprehensive eBook creator and EPUB editor, suitable for anyone working in the education, training, and publishing industry. Kotobee Author was created by Vijua (http://vijua.com) to alleviate the necessity for face-to-face learning interaction and allow learning to be either in the same premises or on the cloud. It also focuses on making learning engaging and interactive for learners to avoid students getting bored or having low attention spam by always keeping studying interactive through videos, audio, quizzes, and puzzles, etc.

What’s unique about Kotobee Author is that you can use it to create books that are both interactive and engaging to your audience. You may easily create interactive eBooks rich with video, audio, 3D, book widgets, questions, and more. You can also customize the look and feel of your eBook apps and emulate the result on different platforms and devices. After you’re done, you can export your eBook into 10+ different formats, such as web apps, mobile apps, and digital libraries.

Kotobee Author allows creators the freedom to expand their vision for eBook creation and to not be limited by conventional or static rules. With developer tools and a myriad of interactive elements on offer. It also allows educators to create interactive eBooks in any format, create interactive eBooks, export them in multiple formats, and deliver them securely to your users. Use videos, interactive images, and widgets to engage students. Display eBooks on web, desktop, or tablets. Distribute eBooks individually or collectively through an internal library app. Collect reports for students’ activities using Tin-Can API. Encourage students to learn to create interactive eBooks at an early age.

Anyone can download and use Kotobee author as we offer a lifetime free version, and you only pay for one of our many packages if you need additional features. It is used by more than 200,000 users around the world. Check out some of the case studies (https://www.kotobee.com/case-studies) for our amazing customers.

Contact: Mr. Ayman Abdel Rahman | Email: Ayman@kotobee.com | Mobile: +01114734321

Nominated by: EITESAL, Egypt

More information: NominationKotobee AuthorCase StudiesWhitepaper

E-EDUCATION & LEARNING AWARD (PUBLIC SECTOR)

 Taipei CooC Cloud (Taiwan)

Nationwide public platform for learning resources, utilizing cloud and advanced technology and used hundreds of schools and millions of students and teachers. The “Taipei CooC-Cloud” platform for learning resources, since its establishment in 2016, has launched 11,248 online learning videos and 21 kinds of electronic databases, in an effort to provide parents, teachers and students with personalized and high-quality cloud learning services. Taipei CooC-Cloud has signed memorandums of understanding with 15 counties and cities across Taiwan to share the resources on the platform. It won the IDC SCAPA Award in the education category in 2019 and 2020 consecutively, receiving wide international recognition.

In 2021, in cooperation with the Department of Education and the Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC), Taipei CooC-Cloud promoted CooC Cloud to 1,054 Chinese day schools abroad.  In 2021, an upgraded version of Taipei CooC-Cloud was launched, and a CooC APP was developed as a parent-teacher-student platform, effectively closing parent-teacher distance, and reducing the workload of school administrative staff. It utilizes electronic contact books, online survey forms, campus electronic 3 payments, activity registration, score query and more. During the class suspension period from May 19, 2021 to July 1, 2021 in response to the Covid-19 epidemic, the number of CooC-Cloud users increased by more than 25.02 million, overfilling 70 million visits. To be specific, the number of hits of online courses exceeded 330 million. A total of 315 schools across the country launched a total of 26,148 courses.

Contact: Sun-Yi, Yang/ Sub-section Chief

Email: ic-sofiayang@mail.taipei.gov.tw | Phone/Mobile: +886-2-2720-8889 ext.8588

Nominated by: CISA, Taiwan

More information:  Award Nomination;

EMERGING DIGITAL SOLUTIONS AWARD (PRIVATE SECTOR/NGO) 

“nvbird airport”, by NVISIONIST SA. (Greece)

Using innovative technologies (Ai/machine learning, RGB cameras, surface radar) to produce more effective and affordable solution to minimize risk of bird collisions at airports worldwide – potentially saving lives as well as up to $2 billion per year globally. Already implemented in a pilot on a Greek island. Innovative, scalable/global potential. Using innovative technologies (Ai/machine learning, RGB cameras, surface radar) to produce more effective and affordable solution to minimize risk of bird collisions at airports worldwide – potentially saving lives as well as up to $2 billion per year globally. Already implemented in a pilot on a Greek island. This innovative, scalable solution by nvisionist implements the benefits of Artificial Intelligence to the aviation sector.

It is a high demand installation, since it helps airport’s operators to minimize the risk of bird collision with the airplanes during landing and take-off. The system is built around a unique Machine Learning algorithm, developed in-house, capable of detecting birds, flocks of birds, drones and other objects of interest within the critical areas of the airports. The nominated solution is based on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning algorithms. Nvisionist has thorough knowledge of the Renewable Energy market and works closely with energy providers, environmental teams and lately with airport operators. Initially they developed a bird monitoring system for wind turbines and since then the solution has been modified and enhanced accordingly to cover the needs of airports

They realized that there was a need for a state-of-the-art system for bird deterrence that meet the criteria set by the responsible authorities, since the existing solutions were outdated and unable to meet the high standards for bird monitoring and deterrence suitable for airports. The innovative Monitoring System for airports “Nvbird airport” uses RGB cameras in combination with advanced yet inexpensive surface radar, to monitor the risk zones of the airport under any circumstances. It monitors the entire length of the runway and cover both the approach and take-off areas up to a height of 1,500 feet. The machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence ensure that birds in critical areas in the flight route of aircraft during take-off and landing are detected and when there is a high risk of collision it can also alarm the control tower operators to take appropriate measures.

Analysts estimate the cost of bird strikes between 1 and 2 billion US dollars per year. Currently the majority of airports rely on human patrols to observe and identify bird movements and scare them away by firing air cannons or play distress sounds from vehicles equipped with loudspeakers. Few airports deploy advanced radar systems which are extremely expensive and effective only on flocks of birds or very large birds.

Contact:  Vassilis Orfanos

Email: info@nvisionist.com | Phone/Mobile: +30 210 300 82 69, +30 6987 490 008

Nominated by: SEPE, Greece

More information: Award Nominationnvbird airport descriptionPresentation

 

STARTUP ECOSYSTEM AWARD (PUBLIC SECTOR)

MDEC: Tech Ecosystem & Globalization – GAIN Programme to Accelerate Globalization (Malaysia)

Building Local Startups
– Malaysia Digital Hub & Corporate Innovation
– Malaysia Tech Entrepreneur Programme
– Fintech and Islamic Digital Economy (FIDE)

Support companies in market expansion & internationalization
– Connect companies to potential partners & resellers
– Connect companies to potential end-customers & corporates
– Connect companies with government and trade agencies
– Connect companies to the media & other partners
– Connect companies with regional venture capitals & private equities
– Connect companies with local and foreign business and trade associations

Venture & Community Building
– 19 Accelerator Engagements
– 6 Community Programs
– 10 Malaysia Digital Hub (MDH) operators; 22 Certified MDH locations – 632 startups

Amplification: Speaking Opportunities; Media Engagements (PR support); Media training and consultation; newsletters, social media; websites

Alternative Funding: Partnership with 14 ECF/P2P Platforms to promote alternative financing to assist MSMEs for sustainability and growth

Contact:  Ryan Chan / Head of global business development, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation

Email: ryan.chan@mdec.com.my | Phone/Mobile: +60 12-311 9880

Nominated by: PIKOM, Malaysia

More information: Award NominationPresentation

 

 

Runners-Up

 

DIGITAL OPPORTUNITY/INCLUSION AWARD (PRIVATE SECTOR/NGO)

ThitsaWorks Solutions Myanmar [NominationAward LetterMCIA Email] MCIA, Myanmar

DIGITAL OPPORTUNITY/INCLUSION AWARD (Public SECTOR)

GovTech: PAB x GALE SGTech, Singapore

SMART CITIES AWARD (Public SECTOR)

National Parks Board SGTech, Singapore

SUSTAINABLE GROWTH / CIRCULAR ECONOMY (PRIVATE/PUBLIC SECTOR/NGO)

GovTech: Waste Resource Management System (WRMS)  SGTech, Singapore
Biometric Identity and Worker Information Management System [Nomination MS WordPDFBCS EmailSupporting Documentation] BCS, Bangladesh

INNOVATIVE EHEALTH SOLUTIONS AWARD (PUBLIC SECTOR)

Sengkang General Hospital & IHiS SGTech, Singapore
Tan Tock Seng Hospital SGTech, Singapore

PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AWARD (PRIVATE SECTOR/NGO)

AI3 CO. [NominationCISA List of Nominees; E-mail] CISA, Taiwan

PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AWARD (PUBLIC SECTOR)

Immigration Department, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region: When Technology meets Quality Service: Next Generation Smart Identity Card System [NominationSupporting documentHKITF ListE-mail] HKITF, Hong Kong

E-EDUCATION & LEARNING AWARD (PRIVATE SECTOR/NGO)

XR- ATYAF Augmented & Virtual Reality Product [BTECH NominationE-mailPresentation] BTECH, Bahrain

E-EDUCATION & LEARNING AWARD (PUBLIC SECTOR)

GovTech: Singapore Student Learning Space (SLS)  SGTech, Singapore

EMERGING DIGITAL SOLUTIONS AWARD (PRIVATE SECTOR/NGO)

Fano Labs Ltd: Callinter, an Artificial Intelligence Compliance Assurance System [Nomination8_FanoLabs_Callinter_Datasheet;

8_FanoLabs_Callinter_White_Paper;  HKITF ListE-mail]

HKITF, Hong Kong

STARTUP ECOSYSTEM AWARD (PUBLIC SECTOR)

Moscow Government: Rise of the Moscow startup ecosystem [APKIT NominationMoscow Government Application] APKIT, Russia

 

 

Merit winners

DIGITAL OPPORTUNITY/INCLUSION AWARD (PRIVATE SECTOR/NGO)

Arab Women Communication Platform (Ra’edat Community Platform) [BTECH NominationE-mailSupporting Document] BTECH, Bahrain

DIGITAL OPPORTUNITY/INCLUSION AWARD (Public SECTOR)

E-tendering System [BTECH NominationE-mailLink to Project] BTECH, Bahrain
iGA – Biophysical vegetation indicator [BTECH NominationE-mailproject video] BTECH, Bahrain

SMART CITIES AWARD (PRIVATE SECTOR/NGO)

NextBillion.ai SGTech, Singapore
Arup: Development of a Common Spatial Data Infrastructure – Built Environment Application Platform (BEAP) [NominationHKITF ListE-mail] HKITF, Hong Kong

SMART CITIES AWARD (Public SECTOR)

Hancom Intelligence Inc. [NominationCompany IntroductionNeoIDM_Brochure; Hancom Intelligence logoFKII E-mail] FKII, Republic of Korea
Land Transport Authority SGTech, Singapore

INNOVATIVE EHEALTH SOLUTIONS AWARD (Private SECTOR/NGO)

Hope Telecare Myanmar [NominationAward LetterMCIA Email] MCIA, Myanmar
Sustainable Health Promotion Solution [NominationCISA List of Nominees; E-mail] CISA, Taiwan
Ncell Axiata Limited [NominationCAN list of nominees; CAN E-mail] CAN, Nepal

INNOVATIVE EHEALTH SOLUTIONS AWARD (PUBLIC SECTOR)

GovTech: HealthCerts SGTech, Singapore

PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AWARD (PRIVATE SECTOR/NGO)

Century Software (M) Sdn. Bhd. [NominationCSM Corp ProfileMyResults – Solution for Nomination; PIKOM Submission] PIKOM, Malaysia

E-EDUCATION & LEARNING AWARD (PRIVATE SECTOR/NGO)

Ingrails Pvt. Ltd, Veda App [NominationCAN list of nominees; CAN E-mail] CAN, Nepal
Daffodil International University [BCS Email; Nomination MS WordPDFSupporting Information] BCS, Bangladesh
THINK OSEM SDN BHD [NominationPresentation; PIKOM Submission] PIKOM, Malaysia

EMERGING DIGITAL SOLUTIONS AWARD (PRIVATE SECTOR/NGO)

ICT Innovation for Digital Certification [NominationCISA List of Nominees; E-mail] CISA, Taiwan
Informed Solutions [NominationClean Air StrategyArticle]  techUK

 

 

2021 Award Judges

 

Photo Name Title & Company/

Organization

Bio
  Mr. Yannis Sirros WITSA Chairman  
  Dr. Jim Poisant, Secretariat Judge WITSA Secretary General Jim Poisant was appointed the Secretary General of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) in June 2006. In that capacity, he directs the day-to-day operations of the alliance. The WITSA alliance consists of over 80 leading ICT Associations from around the globe.
  Mr. Nick Ashton-Hart, Awards Judge Geneva Representative

Digital Trade Network (DTN)

Nick Ashton-Hart is the Geneva Representative of the Digital Trade Network. following on from his work over than a decade as the only Geneva-based representative from the technology sector to the UN, its specialized agencies, and member-state delegations.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Ashton-Hart

  Mr. Gary J Beach, Awards Judge Publisher Emeritus

CIO Magazine

Gary J. Beach is Publisher Emeritus of CIO Magazine. He also is a columnist for The Wall Street Journal and founder of Tech Corps, an education technology non-profit.

https://e.givesmart.com/events/i9R/page/GaryBeach/

  Mr. Oleg Petrov, Awards Judge Senior Digital Development Specialist, World Bank Oleg Petrov has been with the World Bank since 1996 driving knowledge sharing, digital transformation and data-driven economy development working with over 40 countries. More recently he coordinated World Bank’s Digital CASA investment projects in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Smart City and AI project in Kazakhstan; Digital Economy advisory engagements in Russia and global knowledge sharing activities of the Bank’s Digital Development team, including the High-level Experts, Leaders, and Practitioners (HELP) for Transformation, Smart Nations, Digital Economy and Open Data Communities. Oleg holds a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University) and Diplomas from the Plekhanov Russian Economics University and Moscow International University.
  Dr. Michael R. Nelson, Awards Judge Senior Fellow and Director, Technology and International Affairs

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

https://carnegieendowment.org/experts/1779
  Mr. Patrice Chazerand, Awards Judge Director for Digital Trade and Taxation – DIGITALEUROPE https://www.digitaleurope.org/staffs/patrice-chazerand/