Twelve web projects honoured

On May 22, 2014 SWITCH named the best websites put together by young people in Switzerland.

Text: published on 27.05.2014

For the eighth year in a row, a jury has scrutinised web projects by classes at primary and secondary schools to gauge how their design and content enhance the user experience. Some 131 projects were judged this year, and the winners’ hard work will be rewarded with a lot of recognition and some great prizes.

Video Award Ceremony SWITCH Junior Web Award 2014

"We’ve been delighted to see what these young people have created together with their teachers. The projects don’t just look like professional websites, they also work just as well. Once again, the competition has shown how quickly young people can learn, develop an interest in and engage with the opportunities offered by the Internet," says SWITCH’s Urs Eppenberger. The schools’ web projects are impressively diverse, ranging from a music site to a fantasy land and a game. Some offer a service, for example showcasing regional activities, providing information about Switzerland or acting as a news platform.

Educational, creative and meticulous efforts singled out

The winner in the youngest category was a project on Switzerland by the year 6 class PSO-6b at Primarschule Obermeilen. "This site will be a firm fixture in future lessons whenever a class looks at the topic of Switzerland. It succeeds in providing an exciting and varied insight into our country’s diversity with a nice touch of irreverence," says head judge Claudio Dionisio. The prize for the most creative web project in the secondary 1 category goes to class 9p3 at Ecole Secondaire, Pully. The website entitled "The Rockers" centres on a song and details the entire creative process in two languages. Class W2a of Fach- und Wirtschaftsmittelschulzentrum Luzern takes the top prize in the secondary 2 category. Its website "Yond Yeti" presents a detailed business case for selling caps and t-shirts. The jury reserved special mention here for the integration of social media. Depending on their place in the ranking, each student receives a tablet, a smartphone or a printer at the awards ceremony in the Kongresshaus Zürich. Adventure days at Samsung, Microsoft and Google are additionally awarded to the winners of the jury, public and programming prizes.

The winners: SWITCH Junior Web Award 2014 rankings

1st to 3rd place, primary level
1st to 3rd place, lower secondary level
1st to 3rd place, upper secondary level

Special prizes


All members of the winning classes receive the following:

1st prize, provided courtesy of Microsoft: Windows 8 tablet
2nd prize, provided courtesy of Samsung: Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
3rd prize, provided courtesy of Samsung: SL-C460W multifunction printer

Public prize
provided courtesy of Microsoft: an adventure day at Microsoft
Jury prize provided courtesy of Samsung: an adventure day at Samsung
Programming prize provided courtesy of Google Switzerland: an adventure day at Google Switzerland
Photos: Frank Brüderli

Promoting the next generation of web experts

SWITCH launched this competition to promote young talent back in 2007. The SWITCH Junior Web Award offers students all over Switzerland an opportunity to create their own website and practice using web technologies through play. SWITCH helps them by supplying information material and easy-to-use content management systems. Next year’s competition kicks off in August. Teachers who are interested in entering can sign their class up at Registration starts on 11 August 2014.

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