WSA Global Congress 2018

Social Impact Through Digital Innovation


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.


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‘Smart and sustainable products are a special strenght of Vienna as business location. It is therefore an important signal to use the city hall to host a congress, which awards digital solutions with social impact. We will provide a pleasant stay for the many international visitors.‘

Magª Renate Brauner

City councellor for finance, economy and international affairs, City of Vienna


‘The World Summit Award awards digital concepts with a social and cultural benefit.

The City of Vienna firmly supports the initiative of Prof. Bruck and is looking forward to the Award cermemony in 2018 in the Vienna City Hall.’

Dr. Andreas Mailath-Pokorny

City councellor for culture,
City of Vienna





Peter A. Bruck

WSA Chairman

World Summit Awards


Mathias Haas

Founder and CEO



Eva Czernohorszky

Services for technology

Vienna Business Agency


Christian Rupp

Spokesperson Federal Platform Digital Austria

Federal Chancellery of the Republic of Austria


Dorothy Gordon


Advanced Information Technology Institute – Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT


Niki Ernst



Renate Brauner

Stadträtin für Finanzen, Wirtschaft und Internationales

Stadt Wien


Andreas Mailath-Pokorny

Stadtrat für Kultur, Wissenschaft und Sport

Stadt Wien


Ralph Simon

CEO & Founder

Mobilium International

United Kingdom

Janine Warner

Executive Director and Founder


United States of America

Alex Hung


Crossover International Co. Ltd.


Alexander Felsenberg

Director Digital Strategy

Capita Customer Services (Germany) GmbH


Jean-Luc Scherer

Start-Up Mentor & Founder



Jon Mark Walls



United States of America

Jordi Pons

Universal Doctor Speaker


Rapelang Rabana

Founder & CEO

Rekindle Learning

South Africa


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.