Searching for 1st
global telecentre awardees
By Philippine Information
Agency (PIA 8)
January 29, 2013
TACLOBAN CITY –
The search for the first-ever Global Telecentre Awards, was recently
launched by the Spark (the 4th Global Forum on Telecentres) and
Telecentre.org Foundation organizers in order to recognize the best
players in the international telecentre arena.
The Search also aims to
encourage the best players in international telecentres to continue
raising the status of excellence in the delivery of ICT-based services
to the communities, according to the Philippine Community eCenter
Network which led by chairman Dr. Angelo Juan O. Ramos.
The Search has five
categories, namely, Telecentre, Telecentre Manager, Telecentre
Network, Telecentre Intiative, and Telecentre Innovation. A special
award, the Global Community’s Choice Award, will be chosen by TCF
community members in a month-long voting process.
The Best Global Telecentre
Award shall recognize the best performing telecentre in the global
telecentre movement. The specific areas that will be looked into
include innovation, sustainability, content and services, and
This award shall highlight
the telecentre that has proven to be most successful in strengthening
its operations, offering high quality and diverse content and
services, and implementing innovative and creative solutions, making
it more relevant to the community it serves.
The award will cite the
telecentre that has been operational for at least 2 years and has made
the greatest and most positive impact to the community it serves,
where the lives of people have significantly improved as a result of
the telecentre’s presence.
The second category, the
Best Global Telecentre Manager Award shall be given to the telecentre
manager who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and initiative in
managing the telecentre, steering it towards growth and innovation
that positively impacts the community it serves. The individual should
have at least one year residency as manager in the same operational
Meanwhile, the Best Global
Telecentre Network Award shall pay tribute to the network of
telecentres that has not only emerged as a sustainable entity but has
also managed to create an enabling environment for the telecentres
under it, facilitating knowledge exchange among them, building their
capacities, and making them self-sufficient, thereby enabling them to
contribute to the attainment of the ultimate goal 1st Global
Telecentre Awards Guidelines of digital inclusion. Only networks below
the regional level shall be eligible for this award.
Moreover, the Best Global
Telecentre Initiative Award shall honor the organization that has
successfully implemented a telecentre-related initiative and has
supported and directly benefited a minimum of 10 telecentres. Such
initiative must have been in place for at least two years as of
nomination date and must have clear and concrete evidence of success,
thereby making a valuable contribution to the global telecentre
movement. The criteria for this shall include the community
empowerment value of the initiative where both the telecentre and the
telecentre users are working together.
Finally, the Best Global
Telecentre Innovation Award seeks to recognize the most innovative
telecentre solution introduced. It enables solution providers and
telecentre and ICT4D project implementers the opportunity to showcase
new innovations that expand opportunities for telecentres to become
more sustainable. It could be any product, service or concept that
represents innovative development and addresses a specific need.
All the award categories put
premium on the 3 important aspects of the global telecentre –
Movement, People, Innovation and Sustainability, which are also the 3
main themes of the upcoming SPARK (the 4th Global Forum on Telecentres)
All registered members of
Telecentre. Org’s online communities may participate in this
international search. Entries will be accepted until February 28,
The winners shall receive a
Certificate of Recognition, plaque, travel grant of up to US $2,500 to
attend the awards ceremonies, waived conference fees for the Spark
event, and visibility in TCF’s corporate and community websites and
online communication channels.
The Global Community’s
Choice Awardees, on the other hand, shall receive a Certificate of
Recognition, a plaque, and exposure in TCF’s corporate and community
websites and online communications channels.
Awards will be given on May
28, 2013 at the Spark event in Granada, Spain.