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TCF launches 1st Global Telecentre Awards [UPDATED] Foundation and Spark (the 4th Global Forum on Telecentres) organizers, in cooperation with the regional telecentre networks, are proud to announce the launch of the first ever Global Telecentre Awards (GTA)!


The Awards seek to recognize and celebrate the best players in the international telecentre arena, and encourage them to continue raising the bar of excellence in the delivery of ICT-based services to the communities.


The Awards feature 6 main categories:

  • Telecentre
  • Telecentre Manager
  • Telecentre Network
  • Telecentre Initiative
  • Telecentre Innovation
  • Information Access Center


These categories put premium on the 3 important aspects of the global telecentre movement – People, Innovation and Sustainability – which are also the three main themes of the upcoming SPARK event that will take place in Granada, Spain on May 28-29, 2013.


All registered members of TCF’s online communities in English, Spanish, Arabic, French and Russian are eligible to participate in this global search. Acceptance of entries will be from 12am GMT of January 1, 2013 to 11:59pm GMT of February 28, 2013. [NOTE: Deadline has been extended until 11:59pm GMT of March 8.] For details on the application process, please read the attached Awards Guidelines.


All submitted entries shall undergo a pre-screening process, and the top 3 entries in each category shall constitute the pool of semi-finalists who shall then proceed to the next phase of the competition – Community Voting and Final Judging.


Community Voting is a one-month public voting process that will be carried out via the TCF community sites, and the emerging winner in each category will be proclaimed the Global Community’s Choice Awardee for that category. However, the results of the Community Voting shall in no way influence the final judging process.


For the Final Judging stage, a special panel of judges composed of carefully selected telecentre and ICT for development experts shall evaluate the semi-finalists based on a given set of criteria to determine the major winners for Best Global Telecentre, Best Global Telecentre Manager, Best Global Telecentre Network, Best Global Telecentre Initiative, and Best Global Telecentre Innovation.


The Global Community’s Choice Awardees shall each receive a Certificate of Recognition, a plaque, plus visibility in TCF’s corporate and community websites as well as its various online communication channels. Meanwhile, winners of the 5 major awards shall receive a Certificate of Recognition, a plaque, maximum travel grant of 2,500 USD to attend the awarding ceremonies, waived conference fees for the SPARK event, plus visibility in TCF’s corporate and community websites as well as its various online communication channels.


Winners will be awarded on May 28, 2013 during the Spark event in Granada, Spain.


For general inquiries regarding the Awards, email


[UPDATE] On January 24, TCF and the National Information Society Agency (NIA) of Korea announced the inclusion of an additional category in the Awards, the Information Access Center Category. Information Access Center or IAC is the name given to a telecentre established under NIA’s international IT cooperation program as part of its efforts in building an information-oriented society. Check out the announcement and IAC Category guidelines.

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Comment by Rosa Alma V. Olitoquit on April 14, 2013 at 3:57pm

Ma'am Bal, Congratulations for being shorlisted as Best Global Telecentre Manager. Awards or no awards, for sure you and Ma'am Baby will surely continue our advocacy for the poor mired in poverty and ignorance in order that they may be taught that ICT is a viable option that can be used as a potent and exponential tool for education and that they, too will have access to knowledge, voice and participation.

Comment by Conchita Marta "Bal" Mirabueno on April 13, 2013 at 5:50pm
Yes!I agree with Ms Rosa AlmaV. Olitoquit. :)
Comment by Rosa Alma V. Olitoquit on April 13, 2013 at 2:21pm

Comment by Rosa Alma V. Olitoquit on April 13, 2013 at 2:21pm

Maybe a certificate of appreciation and/or participation for those who participated in the 1st Global Telecentre Awards but did not make it to the short lists in the different categories will be greatly appreciated

Comment by on February 27, 2013 at 3:52pm

Hi Ashok! We'd appreciate if you can post your comment in English so that other members of the community will be able to understand and appreciate it. Thanks!

Comment by C.Ashok on February 27, 2013 at 2:55pm வின் உலகளாவிய நெனசல-அறிவக விருது விழா!!! வின் உலகளாவிய நெனசல-அறிவக விருதுகளை வழங்குவதற்கான நிகழ்வை நடாத்த அனைத்து ஏற்பாடுகளும் செய்யப்பட்டுள்ளது:
பின்வரும் ஐந்து வகையான பிரிவுகளில் விருதுகள் வழங்கப்படும்.

வெற்றிகரமாக இயங்கும் நெனசல-அறிவக நிலையம்
சிறந்த நெனசல-அறிவக நடத்துனர்
சிறந்த நெனசல-அறிவக வலையமைப்பு
சிறந்த நெனசல-அறிவக முயற்சி
சிறந்த நெனசல-அறிவக கண்டுபிடிப்பு

வெற்றியாளர்களின் விருது விழா எதிர்வரும் ஸ்பார்க் 2013 நிகழ்வுடன் ஒருங்கிணைந்து மே மாதம் 28-29 திகதிகளில் கிரானாடா, ஸ்பெயின் நாட்டில் நடைபெறும்.

வெற்றியாளர்களுக்கான விமான டிக்கெட் மற்றும் செலவுகள் அனைத்தும் பொறுப்பேற்கும்.

பூர்த்தி செய்த விண்ணப்பங்களை அனுப்ப வேண்டிய கடைசி திகதி: இம் மாதம் (பெப்ரவரி 2013) 28 ம் திகதி

விண்ணப்பங்களை இணையத்தளத்தில் தரவிறக்கம் செய்யலாம்.

மேலதிக தகவல்களை பெற்றுக்கொள்ளஅழையுங்கள்:
செவ்வந்தி யாப்பா 0772836011

அனைத்து நெனசல-அறிவக உரிமையாளர்களும் மற்றும் நடத்துனர்களும் இந்த விருதுக்கு தகுதியானவர்களே,
இவ் விருதுகளுக்கு பங்கேற்ற இன்றே விண்ணப்பிக்கவும்.

Comment by C.Ashok on February 27, 2013 at 2:54pm මගින් ලොවපුරා නැණසල වෙනුවෙන් සම්මාන උළෙලක්!!!!!! මගින් ලොවපුරා නැණසල වෙනුවෙන් සම්මාන උළෙලක් සංවිධානය කරතිබේ.

ඒ සඳහා පහත කාණ්ඩ ඔස්සේ ඔබටද අයදුම් කලහැකියි.
හොඳම නැණසල මධ්‍යස්ථානය
හොඳම නැණසල හිමිකරු/හිමිකාරිනිය
හොඳම නැණසල ජාලය
හොඳම නැණසල වැඩසටහන
හොඳම නැණසල නවෝත්පාදනය

ජයග්‍රාහකයන්ට සම්මාන ප්‍රදානය 2013-5-28/29 වන දිනයන්හි ස්පාන්ඤ් යේ ග්‍රනේඩා හි SPARK 2013 උළෙලට සමගාමීව පැවෙතිවීමට නියමිතයි.
ඒ සඳහා යාමට හා ඒමට ගුවන් ටිකට්පත්, වියදමි මගින් දරනු ලැබේ.

අයදුම්පත් ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමේ අවසන් දිනය 2013 පෙබරවාරි 28.

අයදුම්පත් ඉදිරිපත් කිරීම පිළිබඳ වැඩි විස්තර සඳහා වෙබ් අඩවියට පිවිසෙන්න

නැතහොත් සෙව්වන්දි යාපා අමතන්න: සෙව්වන්දි යාපා 0772836011


Comment by on February 26, 2013 at 1:46pm

Hi Leonardo. You are most welcome to join in any of the categories. Please check out the guidelines to see where you fit. 2 more days to go before the deadline. Good luck!

Comment by leonardo l. de ocampo on February 26, 2013 at 1:01pm

i hope i am able to join that contest cec manager from philippines asia

Comment by on February 25, 2013 at 9:12am

Hi Wilson and Manohar. Your kind words inspire us to come up with more initiatives that will benefit telecentres and telecentre networks worldwide. Please help us spread the word about the Awards to your colleagues. Many thanks to you both!


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