WSA Global Congress 2018


March 20-22, 2018, Vienna City Hall

WSA Global Congress 2018 will be a 2,5 day conference, hosted in the grandroom of the Vienna cityhall. With the friendly support of the City of Vienna, for the first time the WSA Congress will reside in its country of origin, Austria.


Process oriented, interactive, transformative

WSA Global Congress is an interactive conference and workshop format, that aims to foster high level knowledge transfer between international and local stakeholders and to promote and present international digital innovation with to improve society.


With international thought leadership keynotes and innovation shots, WSA provides the latest insghts of digital development worldwide to the conference audience.  Skills workshops about entrepreneurship, sustainability, VR, creativity, social media marketing, etc. provide an in depth gain of tools to the participants.


As a special platform to international innovation,  the 40 WSA winners will pitch their innovation in front of a high level experts jury.


As highlight of the program there will be the festive gala dinner and award ceremony on the last day.



Smart and sustainable products are a special strength of Vienna as a business location. It is therefore an important sign to hold a congress at the Vienna City Hall, which awards digital solutions with a social impact. We will offer the numerous international visitors a pleasant stay.

Since years, the World Summit Award has promoted outstanding digital concepts and applications that create a social and cultural value. The city of Vienna firmly supports the initiative and is looking forward to the event in the town hall in 2018.

Why are we working together with the WSA? Because we are looking for precisely those companies to which the WSA has access: young, aspiring start-ups with fresh, digital ideas and technological innovations.

We as a successful industrial group of companies will secure our continued existence only if we continually renew our approach and re-invent ourselves.

This time we are also going to get our ideas and innovations from outside, through the Josef Umdasch Research Prize 2018. And of course we are very pleased to be doing this together with the WSA.





The City Hall is one of the most splendid amongst the numerous monumental buildings along Vienna's. Designed by Friedrich Schmidt (1825-1891), it was erected between 1872 and 1883. The architecture of the Ringstraße is dominated by historicism. In Historicism various stylistic elements of the past were combined into a style in its own right. Friedrich Schmidt however orientated himself just on one particular epoch. The City Hall was built in gothical style, with a tower similar to gothic cathedrals. The gothic era saw the growth of the cities and the emergence of an urban burgeoisie.


Today the City Hall is the head office of Vienna's municipal administration. More than 2000 people work in the building. Visitors are stunned by the magnificent appointments of the state rooms, which frequently provide an atmospheric backdrop to various events such as press conferences, concerts or balls.