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Winners of the Global Bangemann Challenge

The 18 winners of the Global Bangemann Challenge - which aims to promote the use of communications technology in worldwide communities - received their trophies in Stockholm from the King of Sweden earlier this month.

Nearly one thousand people attended the award ceremony to ...
The 18 winners of the Global Bangemann Challenge - which aims to promote the use of communications technology in worldwide communities - received their trophies in Stockholm from the King of Sweden earlier this month.

Nearly one thousand people attended the award ceremony to congratulate the winners of 11 categories: new business structures, IT for SMEs, e-commerce, IT in all forms of education, lifelong learning, public access and democracy, health and community care, culture and media, IT in the environment, equal access to networking and traffic and transport.

Of the winning groups, six were from Europe, four from the USA, three from Central and Latin America, three from Oceania and one each from Egypt and Bangladesh.

Project coordinator Mona Eriksson said the project aims to create bonds and networks between people involved in the field of applied technology so 'they can learn from the mistakes of others'.

She said: 'The focus is not on furthering the technical aspects of information technology, but on the practical application of that technology, and the projects rewarded reflected that. This year many of them involved helping children understand and use the technology.'

The Global Bangemann Challenge is the successor to the European project, the Bangemann Challenge. It was inspired by EU Commissioner Martin Bangemann, one of the authors of the 1994 Bangemann Report, 'Europe and the Global Information Society' - a collection of guidelines for Europe as it enters the Information Society.

Next year it will become known as the Stockholm Challenge, in order to permanently establish the award as an IT challenge. It will open for entries on 1 October 1999.
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