Korea, Sri Lanka shine at FutureGov Awards
Sri Lanka and Korea topped this year’s FutureGov Awards tally, leading a field that contained more than 800 nominations from 20 different countries, confirming the awards as Asia’s foremost celebration of public sector modernization.
An open source project to provide a standardised set of software tools for developing and running e-Government applications in Korea swept three awards, alongside Sri Lanka’s lead ICT agency.
Three separate government departments also brought Singapore a tally of three awards for the evening.
The E-government Standard Framework, by the Korean Ministry of Public Administration and Security, won the Government Organisation of the Year, the Technology Leadership Award and the award for Government Transformation of the Year.
The project’s portal, eGovframe, encourages voluntarily participation through open source software - from developers, suppliers and government officials - into the implementation process.
It consists of four software environments: runtime environment for applications, development environment for application developers, management environment for framework managers, and operations environment for application operators.
The open source initiative has led to continuous enhancements of the ministry’s services through an open community, with quarterly meetings between experts and a collaboration forum of public-private partnerships.
Alongside Korea, the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka netted three awards: the Service Innovation Award for the Sri Lanka GovSMS Portal; Public Sector Organisation of the Year Award for its open source portal, Lanka Gate; and, an award for Digital Inclusion for Nenasala, a government initiative to provide access to “diverse and unrestricted sources of information and means of communication” to all the citizens.
Korea’s National Computing and Information Agency won the Data Centre Award at the FutureGov Awards dinner.
Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) won the Wireless Government Award for its Mobile Government initiative, and the Ministry of Education won the Cloud Computing Award for the school collaboration platform, iConnect.
Singapore’s third award went to the government’s JTC Organisation which won the Green Government Award for its Environment Sustainability Project.
Beijing’s Anzheng Hospital Project won the Healthcare Organisation of the Year with its Clinic Mobile Information System.
The annual e-government award went to Yesser, the Saudi Government’s e-government transformation, maturity methodology.
Malaysia’s Ministry of Education won the Education Organisation of the Year Award for its Benchmarking Rural Smart School Programme.
The awards were judged by an expert panel: Laurence Millar, Editor-at-Large, FutureGov Asia Pacific magazine, and former Government Chief Information Officer of New Zealand; James Smith and Raphael Phang, Group Managing Director and Research Director of Alphabet Media, Dr Prajapati Trivedi, the Chief Performance Officer of the Government of India; and, Bob Correll, Deputy Secretary & CIO of the Department of Immigration & Citizenship from the Government of Australia.
Written by: Rob O'Brien
- Rob is Managing Editor of FutureGov Asia Pacific magazine. He joined Alphabet Media in September 2010, moving from Sydney where he was the editor of a local government magazine. He is responsible for covering Tax & Revenue Management, Public Sector Procurement and Authentication.