Originally posted on the NetSquared blog.

WSYA logoThe World Summit Youth Award is a global contest to create inspirational online content promoting the Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations to create a humane, just and liveable world.

“The World Summit Youth Award showcases you as young developers and serves as a platform for people from all UN member states to work together on the efforts of reaching the Millennium Development Goals!”

Award Guidelines

The World Summit Youth Award (WSYA) is the global contest for online or mobile initiatives to raise awareness and help resolve the most pressing global issues.

If you rely on the web for creating culture, overcoming gender inequality, lack of education and access to clean water or to address hunger, poverty, disease and environmental degradation, then you should take part!

There are five categories for online content development, including:

  1. Fight Poverty, Hunger and Disease!
  2. Education for All!
  3. Power 2 Women!
  4. Create your Culture!
  5. Go Green!

To be eligible for the contest, platforms/projects must be led by youth under the age of 30, be fully functional, and accessible online.

The reward in the WSYA contest is primarily global recognition through the UN, invitation to the winners event in Mexico, and networking contacts on a worldwide scale. The last WSYA contest was in 2005; you can read about the three winners on the WSYA site.

Award Timeline

Sept. 2008 – WSYA website relaunch, online application form open for submissions at

Dec. 31, 2008 – Deadline for online submissions (midnight, GMT) at http://competition.youthaward.org/reg/reg.asp

Jan. 15, 2009 – First round of judging to select finalists

Feb. 15, 2009 – Second round of judging to select winners

March 1, 2009 – WSYA winners and finalists announced to the public and media

March –June, 2009 – Winners and finalists showcase projects and get honoured at the WSYA Winners Events and Gala

To learn more about the Youth Award, visit http://youthaward.org

Millennium Development Goals in Action!
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