During the opening ceremony of the European Go Championships in Liberec, Czechia, we could present the result of the First World Wide Iwamoto Awards. This is the first time that we organized this award world wide, we had four European awards earlier. Mr. Yamashiro 9p, vice-pesident of the Nihon Ki-in handed the certificate over to Daniel Bösze (Austria) for his project Public Touchscreen Go Table.
The registration period for the Wolrd Wide Iwamoto Awards 2015 has ended.
20 Projects from all over the world have entered the contest, you can find them below.
There still can be small modifications to the projects, but you can have a good overview of all the different projects and the motivation of all the people involved. Hopefuly you’ll get ideas on how your next project will look like!
Open international contest of go promotional projects
Announcement and invitation to submit Go projects
Dear Go friends, We are happy to announce the World Wide Iwamoto Awards. In succession to the European editions, the Iwamoto Awards now go global. Thanks to internet and social media, the world has become smaller, so we think it is time to invite people on a global scale to submit Go promotion projects. The contest has been organized in Europe in the years 2001, 2003, 2007 and 2012 by the European Go Centre.You can have a look here to see the submissions of previous editions of the Iwamoto Awards. We will also publish the 2015 projects on our website.The European Iwamoto Awards were much appreciated by the contributors, the EGF and the Nihon Ki-in. Therefore we want to extend the project and improve some features.
Goal of the Iwamoto Awards
The main reason for this contest is to follow Iwamoto Kaoru’s wish of spreading Go around the world. First of all, it motivates Go players to think about how Go can be promoted. Secondly, through the gathering and exchange of ideas it can lead to a higher quality of popularization of Go all over the world. To accomplish our goal we organize the Iwamoto awards contest and provide a platform, not only to collect and publish all the ideas but also a place to discuss them. We hope to find many Go projects that want to compete in the contest.
How does it work?
We have sent this announcement to all Go organizations we know of; please forward this message to your members. All Go promotion projects that have proven to be successful can be entered for the contest. Just having a plan does not suffice. The criteria for the submissions and the way they are judged can be found on the website. The projects submitted will be put in a searchable database. The deadline for submissions is June 21, 2015. An international jury will choose one, or more, prizewinning project in July 2015. If the jury considers the quality sufficient, the following prizes will be awarded:
For the best project: 1st prize of €1.000
For up to 2 projects: an encouragement prize of €500
The jury consists of:
Yuki Shigeno, 2p, Nihon Ki-in, Japan
Ting Li, 1p Kansai Ki-in, Chinese and EGF Board member
Chihyung Nam, 2p Korea
Fernando Aguilar, 7d, South America
Chris Welsh, Secretary of the South African Go Association
Albert Fenech, Europe (France), winner of the first European Iwamoto Awards in 2001
Andy Okun, President of the American Go Association
The European Go Centre was founded with help of Iwamoto Kaoru and the Nihon Ki-in foundation in 1992. Therefore the history of the EGCC is strongly connected to the vision of Iwamoto sensei. As such we will continue to promote Go in his vision.