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The Best Estonian E-Service 2015 is the e-residency digital ID application environment

The winners of The Best Estonian E-Service 2015.

Yesterday afternoon, a jury comprising industry experts selected the e-residency digital ID application environment as the winner of the Best Estonian E-Service 2015 prize, with the environment increasing the number of e-residency applicants dozens of times over in its first week of service.

Jury chairperson Aet Rahe said that the jury’s decision was based on the presumption that the e-residency programme has great potential to help grow the greater Estonian economic space as a whole. “In our evaluations, we tried to judge not the trees, but the forest behind the trees. E-residency opens up new possibilities, and although it’s still difficult to accurately calculate the numbers, if Estonia’s engineering corps join forces, there is no doubt that we can come up with new smart services,” said jury chairperson Aet Rahe. (For more details on this service, visit https://apply.e-estonia.com/).

The grand prize winner 2015: the e-residency digital ID application environment.

In addition to the grand prize winner, the jury also chose winners in the private sector, public sector, and civil society e-services categories.

In the public sector e-services category, the winner was the Estonian Road Administration e-services, which allow background checks on vehicles to be run, the exchange of driving licenses, and vehicle ownership to be transferred electronically. The Road Administration estimates that the electronic issuing of driving licenses alone has helped save 5,000 man-hours this year. (For more details on this service, visit https://eteenindus.mnt.ee/main.jsf).

In the public sector e-services category, the winner was the Estonian Road Administration e-services.

In the private sector e-services category, the winner was Barking, which helps parking space owners put their free parking spaces on the market. This far, Barking has made more than 1,300 parking spaces available in Tallinn. (For more information on this service, visit http://barking.ee/).

In the private sector e-services category, the winner was Barking.

In the civil society e-services category, the winner was the Estonian Film Database, which collects information about every Estonian film. (For more information on this service, visit http://www.efis.ee/).

In the civil society e-services category, the winner was the Estonian Film Database.

The public choice award for the best e-service, however, went to Sport ID, which received 600 votes on Facebook. Sport ID helps companies and organisations manage their employees’ sports costs better by consolidating different receipts that are required in order to receive compensation for sporting activities into a single invoice. (For more information on this service, visit https://sportid.ee/).

The public choice award for the best e-service went to Sport ID.

Estonian companies, organisations, and individuals submitted 67 e-services to the competition to find the best e-services. These are services that help simplify everyday life, business activities, and dealings with government officials. The public sector e-service competition had 22 entries, the private sector competition 39, and the civil society competition 6.

The title of best e-service is the most prestigious acknowledgement for e-services by the state. E-services are also chosen from amongst the competition entries to represent Estonia at the World Summit Award international competition for e-services. The Best Estonian E-Service 2015 competition is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, through the EU’s Raising Awareness of the Information Society structural fund programme. The founder of the competition is the national Information Systems Authority (RIA), and the organiser is BDA Consulting OÜ.

The competition jury included head of the information systems department at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Aet Rahe; designer and entrepreneur, Tõnu Runnel; civil society expert, Hille Hinsberg; entrepreneur, Rain Rannu; representative of the World Summit Award in Estonia, Katri Ristal; Information Systems Authority analyst Anto Veldre; and head of the information society services department at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Janek Rozov.

Topic: Awareness about Information Society

Added 05.06.2015

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