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IVA: Visionaries rewarded for efforts in IT

Press release published at The Swedish Wire

Three visionaries have been rewarded by Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences for their efforts to make Sweden an international leader in internet communication. The winners, in the three categories of the Ambient Sweden Award have all contributed to innovative and forward-thinking leadership within IT, and have developed new ways to use IT in everyday life. 

Organisation and Authority Award 2010: Danny Aerts, president of the .SE Foundation

The prize for this year's Organisation and Authority Award has been given to Danny Aerts, CEO of the .SE foundation (responsible for the Swedish internet top level domain administration). The criterion for the award is that it should go to "every citizen's visionary - a person who has helped create easily accessible and effective services through the internet". Danny and. SE carry out research and development activities under the motto "Everyone should dare, want to, and be able to use the internet". Under Danny's leadership, .SE has developed debate platforms, held seminars and run projects for digital participation, better IT infrastructure and projects concerning privacy and security of the internet. In the project internet for Everyone .SE trains people without computer experience. The consumer service Bredbandskollen has been launched during Danny's time at .SE.
Since October 2007 Swedes have made 25 million measurements of their own broadband connection through the service.


Entrepreneurial Award 2010: Måns Adler, Founder of Bambuser

The prize for "Every entrepreneur's visionary"  - Business award 2010 - has been given to Måns Adler, Founder of the company Bambuser. Bambuser sells services that make it possible to transmit live video to an unlimited audience via mobile and webcam. The basic idea behind the company's activities is that all those who wish to can share video material. Bambuser's services are thus intended to be tools of free expression and democracy. Through Bambuser anyone can share video via their mobile phone and thus contribute to the reporting of accidents, trials or other important events.

Education Award 2010: Anders Andersson, Director of the department for Children and Youth in Älvsborg district, Gothenburg.

The prize for "Every child and young person's visionary" - the Education award - has been given to Anders Andersson. Anders has worked so that IT can be used as a natural tool in school and pre-school. In 2008 Anders introduced an innovative action plan with the goal of equipping schools with computers for both teachers and students alike. The initial goal that students in year 1-6 should have at least one computer for every three students has been achieved. By autumn 2010, the aim is that every pupil in year 7-9 will have access to their own computer for everyday teaching.

A further sign of Anders' broad and far-sighted IT work is that everyone attending the Älvsborg district schools contributes to blogs: each school has at least one blog, and several of the district's pre-schools have blogs.
The Ambient Award prizes are presented at the final conference of the IVA project Ambient Sweden. The aim is to reward and highlight individuals who in the past few years have made significant efforts to make Sweden an international leader in internet communication. The project Ambient Sweden exists to position Sweden as a leading internet nation. This is done by prioritising and ensuring that relevant organisations and individuals carry out necessary measures so that by 2015 Sweden can be a leading internet nation.
For more information, contact:

Joakim Rådström, Manager of Media Relations
Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences
(Kungl. Ingenjörsvetenskapsakademien, IVA)
Grev Turegatan 14, Box 5073, 102 42 STOCKHOLM

Telephone: 08-791 29 39 Mobile: 073-656 76 17
email: joakim.radstrom@iva.se

This information was distributed by Cision

Last Updated (Monday, 05 April 2010 13:50)


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