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***Please note: The European Award for Best Content for Kids has now closed and the winners have received their awards from Vice-President Neelie Kroes on Safer Internet Day 2014 – see details of the winning entries here.***
The European Jury met in Brussels on January 7th, 2014, to select the winners of the Best Content Award. The members of the jury were: Sonia Livingstone (UK, Chair), Axenia Boneva (BG), Eline Kwantes (NL), Meral Akin-Hecke (AT), Martin Schmalzried (BE) and Georges Kremer (youth representative, LU).
Bios of the members of the European jury
Sonia Livingstone (chair) is a full professor in the Department of Media and communications at LSE. She teaches master's courses in media and communications theory, methods, and audiences, and supervises doctoral students researching questions of audience, publics and users in the changing media landscape. She is author or editor of eighteen books and many academic articles and chapters. She has been visiting professor at the Universities of Bergen, Copenhagen, Harvard, Illinois, Milan, Paris II, and Stockholm, and is on the editorial board of several leading journals. She is past President of the International Communication Association, ICA. Sonia was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2014 'for services to children and child internet safety.'
She directs the 33-country network, EU Kids Online, funded by the EC's Safer Internet Programme. She also directs The Class, within the MacArthur Foundation-funded Connected Learning Research Network. She participates in the European COST action,Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies, leads ECREA's Children, Youth and Media group and blogs for the LSE Media Policy Project.
Axenia Boneva has a background in French and Bulgarian language, and has been involved in production and creation of audiovisual programs for children both in Bulgaria and in the French-speaking world. She hosts a great interest towards digital/audiovisual policy on the EU level, and demonstrates this as a member of working groups related to audiovisuals/ safer internet / media education for both the European Commission and the Council of Europe. She is also a member of the board of PEGI.
Eline Kwantes is the managing partner of Blooming Digital BV and Dromenkroon, which aims at increasing quality and applicability of the digital aspect in children’s media. Ms. Kwantes is passionate about media and education, as well as the constant challenge the speed of digital media provides, and has been involved as a judge in the “Gouden Apenstaart” and “Media Ukkie Award” (best children’s’ content prizes in the Netherlands).
Meral Akin-Hecke has been appointed Digital Champion Austria in June 2013. Digital Champions are ambassadors for the EU Digital Agenda, appointed by their Members States to help every European become digital.
After studying Business Informatics at the Technical University Vienna Meral Akin-Hecke started her career as software consultant at SAP and went on at the Austrian Broadcasting Company ORF.
In 2007 she initiated the non-profit platform Digitalks bringing digital skills and social media know-how to a mainstream audience. Besides the non-profit initiative Digitalks she works as a media and management consultant and accompanies businesses at their first steps in social media. She is one of the Executive Board Members of Open Knowledge Foundation Austria and supports the idea of an „open society“.
Martin Schmalzried is Policy Officer at COFACE (Confederation of Families Associations in the European Union) in charge of sustainable Development, Education and ICT policies since 2009. Martin is also Alternate Member at European Economic and Social Committee.
Georges Kremer is currently the Vice-president of the Student's committee in the School he goes to. He has taken part as a Jury member in the international Festival for audiovisual programs in Biarritz and has also worked as a youth panelist at the Safer Internet Forum 2013.
Criteria for judges
Target group and age-appropriateness
If social media communication features are present: social networks, chat rooms, forums, guest books, video platforms etc.
If commercial elements are present: advertising, sponsoring, online shopping etc.