7d. Connected Government Award

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Category 7 – Government Mobile Excellence Awards

7d. Connected Government Award

Over the course of just a few decades, mobile has become one of the largest and most significant platforms in history, with over six billion connections, transforming the way we communicate and access information, entertainment and the Internet as a whole. But a new wave of connectivity is on the horizon where other forms of technology are also connected wirelessly, interacting intelligently with us and our environment. This connected life will deliver large scale socio-economic benefits, positively impacting government, businesses and people by opening up new revenue streams, facilitating new business models, gaining efficiency savings, improving the delivery of existing services and ultimately enhancing citizens’ wellbeing.

Governments throughout the world are setting up initiatives, rolling out programmes and reviewing regulation to encourage the growth of mobile technology that delivers a connected life. These take many forms such as mGovernment initiatives, smart city development targets, emergency call legislation for vehicles, smart meter roll out requirements, mobile education programmes to enhance employment prospects and mobile health projects to achieve higher standards of community health care.

This award recognises the government that has actively encouraged the innovative use of mobile technologies that deliver long term and sustainable socio-economic benefit and wellbeing for their citizens.

The award will be announced on Monday 24th February 2014 at the Ministerial Programme, part of Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain.

Eligibility:

Entry is open to the governments of all United Nations-recognised countries.

Please note there is no entry fee for this category.

Judging criteria:

Entries for the Connected Government award will be judged on the following main criteria:

  • Innovative use of mobile technology
  • Level of positive socio-economic impact
  • Sustainable and long term benefit

Entry forms, supporting materials & formats:

Category judges will include senior representatives from industry and academia.

If you are referring judges to a website, please refer to 1 website URL, where specific information relating to your application can be found. Please note judges will not have time to browse websites looking for the information so please do not submit a URL for homepage or an index page; the best possible URL will include specific information about your policies.

The online entry form includes an upload facility for you to provide multimedia content. You can upload 5 additional files to accompany your application, with a maximum file size of 5MB each. These can be government frameworks, illustrated PDFs, JPG for photos or PowerPoint for technical diagrams or statistics. Please ensure these are relevant to your entry and keep to a maximum of 2 pages.

We encourage you to submit an existing video to support your application. You may provide 1 URL to a video link demonstrating your entry. This should be either privately or publicly posted to YouTube (if a private post, please provide a user name and password for judges to access). The video should be no more than 5 minutes in length.

Specific application form questions for this category:

In addition to submitting contact information, you will be asked to answer 5 questions. A maximum of 1,500 characters (approximately 250 words) including spaces is permitted per response.

Preview of questions:

  1. Name of the government or regulatory organisation submitting your country’s application
  2. Describe the connected government initiative or mobile policy framework, which has delivered or supported the innovative application of mobile technology
  3. Describe and quantify the positive socio-economic impact of this initiative
  4. Describe the application of mobile technology including the types of devices, radio connection and associated services
  5. Describe why this initiative is sustainable and likely to make a long term positive impact
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