JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - A total of 18 initiatives in information and communication technology (ICT) from Indonesia are nominated for the annual 2017 World Summit on the Information Society or WSIS Prizes organized by the United Nations.
"This shows the growth of ICT in Indonesia and reflects on our progress," said Director General of Application and Information Samuel A Pangerapan.
WSIS Prizes—organized by the United Nations since 2012—is one of the international awards for the global internet community in supporting the achievement of sustainable development goals (SDG) in 2030.
Samuel said that in 2016, there were only three of Indonesia's initiatives that were registered, and two were nominated. One initiative progressed to champion phase, although it did not become a winner.
He added, to enter into the nomination, the initiative should be assessed and selected by experts in the WSIS Prizes. Later, after being nominated, there will be a global voting to choose the five initiatives to become champion. Global voting is done online through www.itu.int/net4/wsis/prizes/2017 until 30 April 2017.
Five initiatives that get the most votes will be assessed, and one winner will be selected in each category by the experts. For that Samuel expects the support from Indonesian people to participate in the WSIS Prize this time.
ICT Watch Indonesia activist Donny BU expects the initiatives from Indonesia can be champions (winners) in the event. "This is because there are 18 initiatives that are entered into nomination," Donny said as quoted by Antara on Tuesday (04/04/2017).
According to him, China is a strong competitor in the event this year. ICT initiatives in the field of E-Agriculture may attract attention because Indonesia is an agricultural country with a population of 250 million.
Meanwhile, in the event the WSIS Prizes this time, of the 18 categories competed, Indonesia included 18 initiatives in 11 categories.
All 18 initiatives are Data Revolution for Monitoring Sustainable Development Goals by the Bandung Institute of Governance Studies (BIGS), Research on ICT Initiatives on The Governance Sector in Indonesia by BIGS.
Indonesia Internet Exchange (IIX) by the Indonesian Internet Service Provider Association (APJII), Digital Cooperative Indonesia Mandiri by PATTIRO, Promoting Accountability of Village Law through ICT-Based Implementation Forum and Feedback Loop Mechanism by PATTIRO.
Clevio Coder Camp by Clevio Coder Camp, Miss Internet Indonesia by Handoyo Taher, From Smart City to Open City: The Cash of Jakarta Smart City by CIPG, Kakekku Datang by Pulse Lab Indonesia, Game My Village: Innovation for Strengthening Participatory Planning and Public Monitoring in Village Development by Sinergantara.
Kaki5JKT by Pulse Lab Jakarta, Lacak Malaria by Pulse Lab Jakarta, Kerjabilitas by Saujana Indonesia, Backpack Radio Station by Imam Abdurrahman, UAV-Based Mapping for Village Planning and Precision Agriculture by Pulse Lab Jakarta, iGrow My Own Food by iGrow, and Internet Sehat by ICT Watch. (*)