The first Pole to win a World Summit Youth Award

Aleksandra Zemke has become the first Pole to win a World Summit Youth Award in a global contest which brings together young developers and digital entrepreneurs.

Prizes are given to the participants who best use internet and mobile technology to put the UN Millennium Development Goals into action.

Out of a total of 1,900 projects from 140 countries, 18 winners were selected in six categories.

Zemke received the award in the ‘education for all’ category for ‘SmileUrbo’, an interactive simulation game which teaches communication, problem-solving, cooperation, time-management and negotiation skills through group participation and decision making.

The award presentation ceremony was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday.

The jury praised ‘SmileUrbo’ as a fantastic tool in teaching active participation in democracy and showing how to take decisions geared to the common good rather than anyone’s petty interests.

Zemke’s game has been developed by Association Smilemundo, an NGO which the Pole founded in Barcelona in 2011. A graduate of the universities in Warsaw and Amsterdam, Aleksandra Zemke is now based in Barcelona.  (mk/nh)

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