Mobile application OpenEthnoLV have been selected to be one of around 454 excellent applications from all around the world to enter the second round of the 2014 World Summit Award mobile competition.

The mobile application is a virtual walk in the Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum which allows its users to visit each object of the museum and view photos of each object, read the description of the object which includes the basic facts as well as the place of origin and location on the map op museum.

For better orientation in the museum, the objects are listed in the same way as in the museum – based on ethnographic regions of Latvia where they are coming from. If using the map, you can see the locations of the objects in the territory of the museum.

The application also provides the information about the museum history, news, opening hours, admission fees and events.

“WSA-mobile’s goal is to find out what works in different markets and in different parts of the world and what really makes a difference for the people in remote villages and global megacities”, explains Peter A. Bruck, Chairman of the WSA-mobile. The World Summit Award mobile is an UN-based initiative that selects and showcases the world’s best mobile content to bridge the digital gap and put UN-WSIS targets into action.

Starting today, an international jury of renowned IT experts and industry leaders will evaluate this year’s nominated products. Jury members come from all continents and have backgrounds in the creative industries, telecommunication, advertising, journalism and research, as well as in teaching. The jury also includes representatives of international organisations in the ICT-for-development field. 

“Consequently, it is not a product’s commercial success that matters most for the jury”, emphasizes Peter A. Bruck, Chairman of the WSA Board. According to Bruck, the jury will judge the value of the content as well as the product’s design and its technical realisation. Furthermore, each nominee’s contribution to bridging the digital divide will play a central role for the jury.

Shining in the mobile hub

For the contest’s winners, WSA-mobile is a chance to raise global awareness for their products and to enter the international stage. Those projects that will come out on top of the Jury’s decision will be invited to the WSA-mobile Winner’s Event taking place from February 1st to 3rd 2015 in Abu Dhabi. The event will host an exhibition, offering WSA-Winners a platform to present their services and projects to potential partners and investors. Furthermore, the events will include keynotes from renowned experts as well as conferences, summits, forums, roundtables, vision panels, and strategy workshops, turning Abu Dhabi into the hot spot of the mobile world.

About the WSA-mobile

Organised by the International Center for New Media (ICNM) in Salzburg, the World Summit Award Mobile is a global initiative within the framework of, and in cooperation with, the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), in collaboration with UNESCO, UNIDO and UN GAID. Abu Dhabi, as the city of the award’s key partner ADSIC (Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre), will be the host for the WSA-mobile Award.