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Prizes for IT Stars
June 30, 2011   
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A gala event at Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw May 18 was the culmination of World Information Society Day 2011 in Poland, organized by the Polish IT Society for the fifth time. World Information Society Day, established by a UN resolution of March 27, 2006, is the successor to World Telecommunication Day, which has a history stretching back many years. In Poland, this is a project undertaken jointly by the IT community and brings together individuals, institutions and companies interested in the information society.

The most anticipated moment of the gala was the announcement of this year’s winners of the Info-Star Award, the oldest and most prestigious award given out by the IT community. The Info-Star title, complete with Info-Star statuettes, went to:
- Paweł Czajkowski for achievement in business;
- Janusz Dygaszewicz for IT solutions;
- Anna Beata Kwiatkowska for promoting IT and telecommunications.

During the event an award ceremony took place for the InfoStat Awards. These went to:
- Beata Chodakowska for inventive initiatives aimed at promoting computer science among children and adolescents;
- Biuro Informacji Kredytowej SA for introducing a modern way to access information which supports secure business;
- Stefan Kamiński, the president of the Polish Chamber of Electronics and Telecommunications, for his contribution to promoting IT projects which help strengthen national security;
- Anna Streżyńska, the president of the Office of Electronic Communications (UKE), for introducing regulations to radically decrease the prices of internet services and increase the cell phone network penetration rate;
- Jarosław Bauc, the president of the Polkomtel SA company, for promoting new technology and information society tools;
- Dariusz ¦piewak, the vice-president of the ZUS Social Insurance Institution, for his passion and commitment to projects which foster the emerging information society in Poland;
- Waldemar Pawlak, deputy prime minister and economy minister, for his visionary support for information society in Poland. On behalf of the President of Poland, Minister Olgierd Dziekoński, Secretary of State in the President’s Office, handed out awards to the winners of a nationwide IT competition for school students, organized by the Polish Office of the European Computer Driving License (ECDL). The competition aims to help students test their knowledge and skills and stimulate their interest in computer science. The winners included five elementary school students, four junior high school students and three high school students. A total of 31,000 students from over 2,000 schools took part in the competition.

The gala was attended by several hundred members of the Polish IT community. Entertainment was provided by Polish opera singer Alicja Węgorzewska-Whiskerd.
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