Published On: Fri, Aug 30th, 2013

Awards: Manthan Awards (2013) open for applications

Manthan Awards (2013) open for applications

Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) & .ORG in association with Vodafone presents 10th Manthan South Asia & Asia Pacific Award. The big challenges are not technological but cultural. Since last 9 years, the Manthan Awards has been providing a platform of meaningful interaction to policy makers, practitioners, industry leaders and academicians to deliberate, interact and recommend an actionable strategy for good governance and to improve the standard of services rendered to the common man.

Award Categories

1. e-Business & Financial Inclusion E-business is about adoption of electronic and digital medium to achieve efficiencies in business processes, creation of new business models in e-commerce across business-to-business, business to consumers, Internet security and other areas. E-business becomes inclusive if it particularly enables small micro and medium enterprises. E-business is also about entrepreneurs using new media to innovate new business opportunities and practices. The financial inclusion part considers the best of efforts in the area of digital, financial and social inclusion to provide financial security and better financial management including offering reach of banking to the doors of masses.

2. Community Broadcasting It acknowledges the accomplishments of community media and community broadcasting stations including community radio, in their programs, initiatives or practices especially in rural India that increase the stations’ capabilities or improve the services offered to their community. It includes: excellence in community participation, best digital media initiative, radio programs – talks, music; contribution to indigenous broadcasting; excellence in ethnic and multicultural broadcasting and the likes.

3. e-Culture and Tourism Best kept cultures also results in high tourism within national boundaries and across nations. Use of new media and technology tools enhance cross cultural exchanges, knowledge sharing, and in developing better relations. Culture and tourism also helps in local economy and use of new digital media ensures wider outreach. Broadly this category entails the use of ICT and digital media tools in developing excellent content, services around culture and tourism and also demonstrating tools that provide cultural preservation, cultural integration and diversity and better processes for tourism.

4. e-Education, Learning & Employment Use of information communication technology, digital applications and devices, and social media in achieving excellence in education, learning at various levels such as schools, colleges, universities, and vocation. Making efficient education process with the use of ICT and generating employment at all levels.

5. e-Agriculture and Ecology This category recognizes purposeful contributions made by individuals, institutions, organisations, government agencies and enterprises in the field of agriculture. It is a platform to share best practices in agriculture for a larger community benefits.Consideration of excellent digital content and services across ecological research, training and to communicate the science of ecology. It recognises e-content in environmental excellence in Asian countries. The category also considers individuals, businesses, and organizations that have shown leadership, innovation, or extraordinary service in protecting, improving, or cleaning up the environment and help in better ecological balance.

6. e-Governance Governments need to offer good governance to its people and institutions through efficient system and transparently. Use of information communication technology, digital tools, interactive social media platforms together with efficient technological system helps government to not only have their internal government system efficient but also promptly can serve the businesses, government offices and network of physical points, but also the citizens. E-governance recognises all such initiatives where government efficiencies achieved and governance targets accomplished across sector, geography, departments and ministries.

7. e-Health E-health category identifies applications and initiatives that provide solutions related to health through the use of ICT and digital tools. For example, a consumer-centered model of health care where stakeholders collaborate, utilising Information Communication Technology, includesInternet technologies to manage health issues as well as the health care system. It also considers all aspects of mobile healthcare, from lifestyle and health coaching, decentralised access to healthcare and remote diagnosis solutions, to chronic disease management & healthcare monitoring and treatment compliance. Initiatives could be from e-health products, devices, solutions, services, applications and initiatives.

8. e-Inclusion & Localisation Interventions of ICT has been instrumental in empowering life at the grassroots level in many ways such as application in local languages, vernacular content and digital tools to enable people who work and communicate in local languages including oral medium. E-inclusion ideally encourages and recognises those initiatives where the use of digital tools, applications, and information communication technologies are for making several of those excluded societies and communities inclusive at the level playing with others. It also considers exemplary use of technology for the disadvantaged groups of the community and raises the public awareness on digital inclusion.The e-localisation is about those applications and initiatives, which help use of ICT tools to work in the language of the users, communities such as non-English speaking.

9. e-News & Journalism The expansion of traditional media into new media and leveraging the technology as medium to reach larger masses, offering content in local language and in all form of electronic and digital medium. This category also recognises those citizens to produce and broadcast appropriate online, TV and radio products against racism and right – wing extremism, as well as to strengthen the training and education in the community media.E-new and journalism strongly encourages efforts of alternative voice and also use of alternative mediums.

10. e-Entertainment & Games Supplying digitised entertainment products (like games) and services; entertaining the user in this world’s variety of languages and its cultural diversity; supporting movement from one-way to two-way, from single to multiple players, interactive entertainment and the synergy between analog and digital platforms. The category considers innovative projectsin the field of creative content development for entertainment and infotainment.

11. e-Science & Technology This category recognises the crucial role of science and technology in the innovation process with use of Information Communication Technology applications. It considers scientific projects articulated through new media, use of ICT applications in the field of science or by Science departments, institutes etc.Offering real time experimentation using ICT, especially online. Wireless application, widespread use of advanced ICT to achieve innovation objectivescomes under this category. It features a stream for the use of Public Sector Information.

12. e-Women & Empowerment Even if half the population of any society is women, the voices are never equal. Digital medium and electronic media have provided opportunities for voices of women for their benefit and there are several applications being developed using digital tools and ICT programs that empower women. E-women & empowerment recognises projects and innovations that exclusively targets women and their need and cause and serve them with solutions that solves issues pertinent to women. The category particularly identifies how ICT and digital tools could empower women.

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