‘Gorilla Highlands’, a new interactive travel guide from Uganda, has won a UN-based World Summit Award. The award was presented in Tallinn in Estonia, where ICT ventures and applications from 168 countries competed with each other.
Studio Edirisa, the team behind ‘Gorilla Highlands’, has created an ebook that promotes the natural beauty and rich cultural heritage of their home region, southwestern Uganda. Studio Edirisa is a multimedia social enterprise supported by volunteers and based on the shores of the island-studded Lake Bunyonyi deep inside the highlands on the border with Rwanda and Congo, an area most famous for the endangered mountain gorillas.
The ebook’s journey to market is an incredible story in itself: a village-based team on a shoestring budget joining forces with expert volunteers from across the globe to create a world-class product. The Gorilla Highlands ebook presents the region’s landscapes, people and wildlife through stunning photography, well-researched text, plentiful videos, an extensive audio phrasebook in two local languages, interactive illustrations and maps. Its success is a testament to the central ethos at the heart of Studio Edirisa – a passionate belief in empowering Ugandans to take pride in their natural heritage and history and promoting the country internationally.
Currently available for iPad, the ebook will soon be readable on Macs, with other platforms and a comprehensive website following in 2014. Also a free Gorilla Highlands Pocket Guide is available with interesting and essential travel information about Uganda.
Explore the Gorilla Highlands Interactive eBook now!