The Prize is awarded to individuals, institutions, other entities or non-governmental organizations for excellent models, best practice, and creative use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to enhance learning, teaching and overall educational performance. Candidatures must be presented by the government of a Member State of UNESCO or an international non-governmental organization, maintaining formal consultative relations with UNESCO and active in the relevant fields covered by the Prize. Each government or international non-governmental organization is entitled to nominate only two candidates per year. A self-nomination cannot be considered.
The first laureates (2006) were the Cyber Home Learning System for Primary and Secondary Students, a project of the Korean Ministry of Education and Human Resources and the Korea Education and Research Information Service (KERIS) and the eDegree Programme in Lapland developed by Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences.
The second one was (2007) The Claroline Consortium of Belgium, and Curriki, a U.S.A.-based global education community. Competing for the prize were 68 projects from 51 countries and one international non-governmental organization.