News: Book4Book won the World Summit Youth Award!

September 13, 2013 in News by kassie papasotiriou


The WSYA 2013 jury has selected the best 18 youth digital projects addressing the UN Millennium Development Goals worldwide

The Winners’ Ceremony Will Be Held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, fromOctober 24 to 26th

at the WSA Global Congress

Salzburg, Austria; September 11th, 2013–The World Summit Youth Award (WSYA) has announced the 18 winners and the Greek project ‘Book for book’ is among them. Selected as one of the best websites in the Go Green category, ‘Book for book’ is a platform that aspires to host young students and parents who wish to find books online for free in a quick and easy way. The idea follows the spirit of solidarity and environmental awareness and seeks to eventually become a social network to connect students and schools so they can be able to join and massively recycle their old books of diverse educational levels from just a single access point.

“Book for book’ addresses remarkably the necessity of reducing the huge waste of natural resources” says Professor Peter Bruck, Chairman of the WSYA Board. “This project is a great initiative to raise awareness of environmental issues and a great way to connect people with the same vision of a greener planet”. This year, ‘Book for book’ is the only Greek winner of this international contest that celebrates youth best digital content addressing the UN MDGs.

The competition was fierce in 2013. Initially, 422 projects from 147 UN countries were submitted. From those choices, 12 projects will be featured as WSYA 2013 runners-up through the award network and 18 will be awarded in the winners’ event that will take place in Colombo, Sri Lanka.


Hosted by the Sri Lankan Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) and in partnership with the World Summit Award (WSA), the winners’ ceremony will be celebrated at the WSA Global Congress (October 24 to 26) featuring world-class keynote speeches, hands-on workshops and engaging panel discussions about social entrepreneurship and the content industry.


Established in 2005, The World Summit Youth Award (WSYA) is a leading international competition honoring excellence on the use of Internet for social empowerment. As an annual contest it seeks to motivate young people under the age of thirty to actively contribute to the achievement of the UNMillennium Development Goals. The MDGs were set in 2000 to prompt member states and civil society to fight poverty, hunger and disease, inequalities, lack of education and environmental degradation.

about ‘book for book’

Main producer:    Ms. Kassie Papasotiriou

Co-producers: Mr. Fotis Aisopos and Mr. Sotiris Papasotiriou

A full list of The World Summit Youth Award winners can be found at

Learn about the program of the WSA Global Congress in Sri Lanka:

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