European Youth Award 2012

Deadline: July 31, 2012
Open to: Young people under 30 (born after 1.01. 1982) coming from the European Union as well as Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey
Prize: Invitation to the EYA and/or to the WSYA Winners´ Event in Graz, Austria and in Montreal, Canada


The EYA is a Partner Award of the WSYA Contest. The WSYA contest is a competition among the most committed and creative designers, producers, application developers, journalists, and writers who, by using internet and mobile applications, create digital content and applications which address the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Outstanding projects can be submitted in the following six categories which are directly tied to the eight United Nations Millenium Development Goals:

1. Fight Poverty, Hunger and Disease! 

Rewards the most effective content and applications addressing issues of extreme poverty and hunger, offering solutions for those whose income is less than $ 1 a day, supporting the reduction of diseases and fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS and malaria.

2. Education for All! 
Gives credit to the most innovative content, platforms and solutions to give boys and girls everywhere in the world a full course of primary schooling, to advance training for personal development and jobs, and to achieve a high level of understanding and knowledge of the global information society and its promises, challenges and opportunities.

3. Power 2 Women!  
Demonstrates the most inspiring content and communities which promote gender equality and empower women, eliminate gender disparity in education and at work places, facilitate access of women to all levels of political decision making and strengthen women’s contribution to the peaceful resolution of conflicts.

4. Create your Culture! 
Celebrates the most engaging online platforms and applications expressing young people’s aspirations, ideas and values, sharing their news, enabling their participation in decision-making processes, strengthening social justice, promoting the knowledge of many languages and cultures, supporting multilingualism, creating contemporary forms of culture and preserving indigenous knowledge and traditions.

5. Go Green!
Showcases the ground-breaking applications and content addressing the natural environment, promoting environmental sustainability, integrating the principles of environmentally sustainable development into policy programmes, reversing the loss of environmental resources and biodiversity, reducing the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and improving the lives of slum dwellers.

6. Pursue Truth!
Focuses on journalism using Internet and Mobiles to cover the MDGs and to report on issues related to them, to their realization or failure to be realized; addresses content excellence in terms of a fair, accurate, contextual pursuit of truth and the success in publishing the content using digital, interactive media platforms; invites young journalists and citizens to share their news and become active participants in the public interest of their community and country.


  • The online or mobile project to be entered in to the contest must be initiated and executed by young people under the age of 30 (born on or after January 1, 1982) from any of the UN member states.
  • Registrants to the contest must hold the intellectual property rights to the work submitted and be the legal originator of the creative product or project. They also must possess the rights to the use of music, sound or audio components used in their project.


What can you win?
  • Be invited to the EYA and/or to the WSYA Winners´ Event! (Winners will receive a grant to cover their travel and accommodation costs.) By registering a project to EYA, you will also be included in the world-wide contest (WSYA) which mean that you have double chance to win! You can be a European EYA winner and/or world-wide WSYA winner! Please note that the registration process for the EYA and WSYA is common, you only need to register your project once.   
  • Meet other engaged and amazing young people from around the world, representatives of governments, NGOs and the United Nations, entrepreneurs and business leaders!
  • Get the chance to present your project on a global stage!
  • Share ideas, initiatives and inspiration with other amazing young people!
  • Learn more about exciting youth initatives and current trends regarding MDGs at workshops and seminars held by ICT experts and entrepreneurs!
  • Have your project showcased on the web at!
  • Be promoted through the EYA & WSYA network and network with ICT experts, business leaders, multimedia producers, young entrepreneurs and youth leaders!
  • … and last but not least, become part of a vibrant and lively community for young people taking action on the MDGs!


In order to participate in the contest, please register here.

The Official Website

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