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WSA GLOBAL CONGRESS 2016 SINGAPORE-IN DEPTH WITH GLOBAL INNOVATON IN SINGAPORE

500 participants from over 80 countries coming together to share and discuss how ICTs and interactive applications can have a positive and sustainable impact on society. A global variety of governmental representatives, corporates, thought leaders and social entrepreneurs.

 

During the WSA Global Congress 2016, Singapore turned into a hub on real achievements in digital good and a perspective on sustainability. Unique international knowledge exchange & hands on tools on driving digital social innovation were the focus of the World Summit Award Social Innovation Congress Singapore 2016.

 

In cooperation with the Creative Allience Group, Singapore turned into the next WSA hub for social innovation and entrepreneurship.

 

EVENT REPORT

 

 

 

KEY PARTICIPANTS

 LOCATION

PARKROYAL on Beach Road

Located at one of Singapore’s cultural enclaves, the 346-room PARKROYAL on Beach Road is strategically adjacent to the famous Haji Lane and within walking distance to Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre and just minutes away from the Central Business District and the newly opened Singapore Sports Hub. It's close proximity to some of Singapore’s best shopping malls, tourist attractions and entertainment venues .

 

SOCIAL IMPACT WITH DIGITAL INNOVATION

Jennifer Farrell
With regard to the Congress, it was a wonderful experience for us! Not only were all of the sessions really interesting and inspiring, but everything was in place for us to meet and approach everyone, to make great contacts, to share ideas, and to feel like we were part of a greater community of people who really want to make a positive impact on the world. It was really exciting to talk to serial entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, and start-ups like ours who face a specific set of challenges doing tech for impact in an under-resourced part of the world. We made amazing contacts and felt so inspired and motivated by all of the people we met, as well as taking back some new ideas and new skills from the sessions we attended.
Wilhelmina Louw
Attending the WSA Global Congress was an awesome experience. I only have positive feelings about the congress and the smooth running of all the processes. All the projects presented by the winners was outstanding and really opened my eyes on the impact technology is having not only on education but also how it can enable start-up entrepreneurs, government and health development globally.
Sachi Wickramage
“What we do through digital innovations and as digital innovators do not necessarily have to be disruptive technological advancements. But, ones that aspire to make a better Social Impact. WSA contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals agenda by giving an opportunity to digital innovators from over 180 UN countries to showcase their ability to accelerate positive Social Impact by aligning their work to the 17 SDGs. During this summit, the best problem solvers from around the world gather under one roof and take part in interactive knowledge sharing sessions, smart discussion forums and various networking events. Eminent speakers take the stage and disseminate knowledge across various fields of expertise, providing thought-provoking inspiration to all attendees. I truly admire the perfect planning and execution of each aspect of the summit where WSA panel always treats everyone like family. By just participating in the WSA, one learns and grows more within few days that would have in months."
Odeta Iseviciute
WSA 2016 is so far the best event that I have been to in my professional life. I am still overwhelmed by the number of amazing people that I met, great ideas that I heard and potential connections for future business. For me it was all about people, people and once again inspiration that I got from people at the event. From discussing UN's challenges in getting closer to social entrepreneurs to hearing about projects that help to save lives in Bangladesh or prevent bulling in schools in Mexico, or help children become next generation developers.... WSA 2016 Congress in Singapore has made me extremely proud to be one of WSA winners and part of this incredible community.
Rahat Hossain
"The WSA Social Innovation Congress 2016 was a great opportunity for networking and learning from experts! Every social business is unique and there is no end of learning from each other. I am really appreciating that WSA brings all best social entrepreneurs onto a single platform and lead them to greater success."
Dan Buckingham
The WSA Congress is a brilliant collaboration of ideas - interesting and motivating people from around the globe, all working together to realise the shared goal of making our world a better place.
Ahmad Alhendawi
Former United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth United Nations "Young people are powerful drivers of change in political, economic and social developments around the world. They have asserted themselves as critical partners in sustainable development, proposing innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Using the power of ICTs and social media, young people have a vehicle like never before to engage and participate. From entrepreneurs developing new technologies, to creating green jobs and more sustainable economies, young people are at the forefront of development. We must continue to recognise the valuable contributions of young entrepreneurs and work together to ensure the success of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030."
Chris Georgiev
WSA in Singapore was amazing opportunity for us to showcase Imagga’s exciting image recognition technology and make new friendships and valuable connection. WSA family brings so much value to a technology startup based in Eastern Europe. We strongly believe being part of the event, and now, one of the 8 Global Champions is great honor but also a chance to work together with so many bright minds from all over the world into making UN’s Sustainable Development Goals reality.
Cormac  O'Sullivan
The WSA Social Innovation Congress is an amazing collection of committed, creative and captivating people; I feel humbled to have been given the opportunity to come and meet some of these inspiring social entrepreneurs and to share ideas and experiences, as well as creating some new ones. Winning the Global Champion Award for Government and Open Data was an honor, but the most valuable take-away from the WSA Singapore are the connections I have made.
Frank La Rue
Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information UNESCO "Local content is indispensable for the use of information and communication technologies for sustainable development. With the recognition of innovative, digital solutions to development challenges, the World Summit Awards (WSA) encourages women and men's creativity, helps to share applications globally and stimulates young entrepreneurs to find local solutions. I congratulate all finalists, who contributed with their innovations to peace and sustainable development."
Janine Warner
"I am fortunate to get invited to more conferences than I can attend these days, but I can't imagine missing even one WSA Social Innovation Congress. Not only does WSA consistently bring together an exceptional and diverse group of tech leaders, speakers, and entrepreneurs, the conference itself includes such a fresh variety of events. From dynamic keynotes to the conversational fishbowl to the gala awards ceremony, everything is so impeccably organized. Thank you for including me in your latest great event in Singapore."