The Geneva Engage initiative, launched by the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) with the support of the Republic and Canton of Geneva in 2016, assesses the interplay between International Geneva and stakeholders worldwide. The initiative includes research on how International Geneva actors communicate and create linkages with communities worldwide that are affected by the policy discussions in Geneva that span across various domains, such as development, human rights, digital topics, etc.
In this context, the annual Geneva Engage Awards acknowledge the efforts of actors in International Geneva in digital outreach. The awards evaluate Geneva-based organisations’ social media engagement, web relevance and accessibility, and online meetings. We then give out awards in three main categories according to stakeholder groups: international organisations, non-governmental organisations, and permanent representations.
A moment of change
In addition to the main categories, we have special awards that recognise innovative ways actors can create meaningful engagement while adapting to the ever-changing digital ecosystem.
In 2020, ahead of the COVID-induced remote working, we foresaw the value of online conferencing and introduced the new Online Participation Award (now called Effective and Innovative Online Meeting Award). In 2022, we recognised the importance of curating a more inclusive experience for all and introduced the Accessibility Award.
This year, we aim to take a step back and reflect on what it means to create meaningful engagement. In this light, this year’s event involves new activities to encourage brainstorming discussions and innovations.
Before the award ceremony, we invite participants to join us in situ and talk to our experts during interactive workshops. We aim to encourage discussions on practices that induce meaningful engagement.
Workshops (only in-situ)
15:00 – 15:30
Web: accessibility, visibility, tools and practices
15:30 – 16:00
Social media: trends, strategies, and practices
16:00 – 16:30
Events and conferences: meeting platforms and AI reporting
16:30 – 17:00
Coffee and networking
Geneva Awards Ceremony (in-situ and live streaming available)
17:00 – 17:30
Presentation of 9th Geneva Engage Awards
17.30 – 19.00
Geneva Engage Reception and Ideas Bazaar
Registration for in-situ participation is available here and will be closed on Tuesday 30 January 2024, at 23:59 CET.
To learn more, register to join us in-situ, or watch the ceremony live stream (17:00 CET) visit the dedicated page.