17 Apr 2013

Two Sri Lanka projects reach finals in the Global Telecentre Awards 2013

Telecentre.org Foundation and Spark (the 4th Global Forum on Telecentres) organizers, in cooperation with the regional telecentre networks, conducting the of the first ever Global Telecentre Awards (GTA). Shilpa Sayura and Suriyawewa Nenasala of Sri lanka are among 18 semi finalists of the first Global Telecentre Awards 2013 of telecentre.org

Shilpa Sayura in the finals of The Best Telecentre innovation category while Mrs. G. A. Deepika of Suriyawewa Nenasala has reached finals in the Best Telecentre Manager category. Both Shilpa Sayura and Suriyawewa Nenasala are children of e Sri Lanka projects implemented by ICTA during 2005- 2006. The GTA conducted under 6 main categories of Best Telecentre, Best Telecentre Manager, Best Telecentre Network, Best Telecentre Initiative, Best Telecentre Innovation and Best Information Access Center.

GTA 2013 received 266 entries and underwent a pre-screening process, and the top 3 entries in each category constituted the pool of semi-finalists who shall proceeded to the next phase of the competition – Community Voting and Final Judging.

The Community Voting is a one-month public voting process that will be carried out via the TCF community sites, and the emerging winner in each category will be proclaimed the Global Community’s Choice Awardee for that category. In the Final Judging stage, a special panel of judges composed telecentre and ICT for development experts shall evaluate the semi-finalists to determine the major winners in six categories of Best Global Telecentre, Best Global Telecentre Manager, Best Global Telecentre Network, Best Global Telecentre Initiative, and Best Global Telecentre Innovation. 

The Global Community’s Choice Awardees shall each receive a Certificate of Recognition, a plaque, plus visibility, meanwhile, winners of the 5 major awards shall receive a travel grant of 2,500 USD to attend the awarding ceremonies SPARK 2013 event in Spain.
The Community Voting for selecting 6 winners for Global Community’s Choice Awards is now on at www.telecentre.org. Telecentre.org invite telecentre and ICT for development professionals and general public to vote on their favorite projects. The ends 15 may 2013. 

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