Today, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and the State Informatics Centre launched a competition to determine the best e-services in the country. The contest is the Estonian preliminary round of an international competition recognizing creative use of digital media, the World Summit Awards (WSA) 2011.
“Participating in the competition will offer developers of e-services a good opportunity to receive recognition and useful contacts from abroad as well, which will be a great boon in drawing investments and taking services to international markets,” said Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications Juhan Parts.
All e-services registered in Estonia as well as companies, organizations and individuals who help develop such services are eligible to take part in the competition. The best e-services will be selected in the categories of e-Learning and Education, e-Culture and Heritage, e-Science and Technology, e-Government and Institutions, e-Health and Environment, e-Business and Commerce, e-Entertainment and Games, and e-Inclusion and Participation.
Estonia’s best e-services will advance to the global World Summit Award in April, where the world’s best digital content services and innovative ICT solutions will be selected.
Similar contests were held in Estonia in 2005, 2007 and 2009, under the name of Best Content Service. In 2009 Estonia was represented in the field of e-Government and Institutions by the Company Registration Portal, which set a new world record with a company set up in 18 minutes with cross-border digital signature capability (https://ettevotjaportaal.rik.ee/ ). In 2007, the Navirec vehicle tracking service was among the finalists in the e-Business and Commerce category, which among other things keeps an eye on the Nordea catamaran which is currently being sailed around the world by Jaan Tätte and Marko Matvere.
The Estonia’s best e-service is open to entries until 16 January of next year, and the winners will be selected by the jury in February. The full terms and conditions of the competition can be read at http://www.e-konkurss.net/.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and the State Informatics Centre have also named November Good e-Service Month, and are calling on all people to take note and recognize e-solutions that make everyday life easier. Clever and convenient uses of ICT can also be nominated on the website. The e-solutions that garner praise from users will be candidates for the best Estonian e-service 2011 competition.
The best e-service competition will be held in the framework of the of the European Union structural assistance measure “Raising awareness of information society” and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.