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Applications open for the WSIS Digital Service Design Special Prize [NOW CLOSED]

Applications open for the WSIS Digital Service Design Special Prize [NOW CLOSED]
Applications open for the WSIS Digital Service Design Special Prize [NOW CLOSED]
Arielle Diamond Oct 31, 2022

The e-Governance Agency of Moldova’s submission of Front-Office Digitization (FOD) won the 2023 WSIS Digital Service Design Special Prize.
Read more about their submission here.

With people increasingly online, we are on the cusp of a new generation of citizen-centric digital government services. According to the 2020 UN eGovernment Survey, 63% of the world’s population is now online and digital services like payments and online learning are trending upward. Fittingly, digital government services have also had a surge of growth during the past decade. According to the same survey, the average country has improved digital service by 43% based on the Online Services Index.

GovStack convenes digital leaders and digital adopters globally to collaborate on building out the toolbox for developing government services. In an effort to highlight exemplary digital government services and the teams behind them, we are announcing a Digital Service Design Special Prize (“the Prize”) for WSIS 2023. The Prize was initially announced at the 2022 WSIS Forum by Ambassador-at-large for Digital Affairs Nele Leosk of Estonia and the Head of the Digital Development Programme and GIZ Björn Richter. The Prize specifically spotlights innovative and impactful government service designs that are based on a building block approach. The Prize will highlight digital service designs that address citizen/resident need(s) through improving, innovating, or developing government processes, and are designed for scalability, extensibility, and adaptability to a variety of generic workflows.

In addition to partnering with the WSIS Forum,* the Prize is supported by GovStack founding partners; ITU, the Digital Impact Alliance, GIZ, and Estonia.

Head to the submission platform to review guidelines and details: Submission Form
* Please note that all WSIS Digital Service Design Special Prize activities will take place separately from the WSIS Prizes related to WSIS Action Lines and any other special Prizes.


PhaseActivitiesOpening dateClosing date
SubmissionsOpen submission by teams1 November2727 January (23:00 CET)
NominationsReview of submissions30 January15 February (23:00 CET)
Selection of winning projectsShortlisted submissions will be invited to present in person at WSIS 202316 February12 March
Announcement of Winning Prize*Announcement of winner at a public event at WSIS Forum 2023*13 March
During high level track
17 March


  • Submissions should reflect an up-and-running Digital Service
    • The submission is not limited based on software language, interface UI/UX language, operating system
    • The submission should address a citizen/resident need(s) through improving, innovating, or developing government processes
    • The submission should be designed for scalability, extensibility, and adaptability to a variety of generic workflows
    • All projects submitted to this competition should cover work that is completed or at the end of a major phase to provide evidence of results and its social, economic, and environmental impact
    • Submissions to the WSIS Prizes* does not exclude participation in the Digital Service Design Special Prize
    • Submitted may choose to have their submissions considered for any applicable WSIS Prize lines during future years
  • The rules of submission should include:
    • A Short Description of the service and execution, with a minimum 150 words and maximum 200 words. Be advised to structure the Short Description of the project to reflect relevant, clear, highlighting ICT component and impact
    • Must provide an overview of the service, such a link to a video demonstrating the service, access to a testing environment
    • Must provide examples of specific linkages with any of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) it helps advance
    • Must provide descriptions of what ICT building blocks the service uses
    • Must provide the digital service design approach used to design and improve the service, and what stakeholders were involved, and any challenges, and planned future evolutions
    • Must provide examples of the impact on citizens/users, and relevant measures of user satisfaction with service
    • Must provide information about design team (including but not limited to roles and responsibilities, gender composition)
    • May (optional) include a link to any publicly accessible multimedia
    • Describe open source and solutions used to enable the service
  • The contest is open to all levels of governments – Federal, State and Local Governments
  • All WSIS Stakeholders are encouraged to submit digital government services for which they believe should be recognized and promoted, and even if they do not necessary hold ownership of. If they do not have ownership of the service, they should provide best available contact details to the service owners
  • No more than one submission from the same entity is allowed
  • All submissions must be submitted through the online questionnaire, and the same service may not be submitted twice
  • The submission deadline should be strictly respected. Late submissions will not be accepted

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