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Last Updated: 19.11.2013
ITU-MCMC Contest to Promote the Transformational Power of Broadband - “Connecting at the Roots”  

Recognizing the importance of broadband and its impact on a nation’s socio-economic development and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, ITU and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) are jointly organizing a contest to promote the transformational power of broadband called “Connecting at the Roots” which invites submission of video clips about broadband and its impact on individuals, groups of people and/or society based on true stories. The objective is to raise awareness about the importance of broadband and how it can be harnessed to transform lives and society, at both national and international levels as well as to share experiences and practicality of the use of broadband especially applications and content among countries and individuals. Winners will be announced at the ITU Connect Asia-Pacific Summit on 18th November 2013. Both ITU and MCMC hope that this contest will pave the way for similar contests with more partners in future. The last date for submission of the entries is 15 October 2013.

Submissions are invited from the Asia-Pacific region either by way of an individual or group submission (e.g. from a group of people or an organization from ITU Member States and/or Sector Members). Each submission should be in the form of a video clip that should be at least 3 minutes of duration and not longer than 5 minutes. Video clips may be submitted in the following categories:

  • Broadband for Youth / Women / Girls/ Persons with Disabilities / Elderly

  • Broadband in all phases of disaster management and risk reduction

  • Broadband for promoting and/or strengthening SMEs / Entrepreneurs

  • Broadband for communities / schools

Cash Prizes will be awarded together with certificates and/or honorariums for each category as follows: 1st prize: USD 5,000; and runner-up: USD 3,000. The awards ceremony will be held at the ITU Connect Asia-Pacific Summit on 18 November 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. ITU will bear the cost of one return economy class air ticket to Bangkok and lump-sum allowance to each finalist (Note: For a group finalist, the return air ticket and allowance will be for one representative of the group, only) under each of the stipulated categories.

To submit a video clip, please first register at:

Guideline for video submission is available HERE

For more details, please contact Mr. Sameer Sharma at e-mail: .

The ITU and MCMC will have right to use / edit the video for the purpose of promoting awareness of postive aspects of broadband.

Prizes and Awards  
The prizes for each of the four (4) categories are:

   1st Prize: USD 5,000
   Runners up Prize: USD 3,000

Each winner will also be presented with a certificate.

Winning videos can be seen at:  

Submission of Video Clips  
Video clips may be made using any device which may capture voice and images (e.g. mobile phone, tablet, camera, video camera, etc.).

Submissions are to be made by uploading each video clip in
MPEG4 format with H.264 encoding and by first registering at: 

General guideline for registration and video submission can be downloaded

Please provide subtitles in English or a translation if the video clip is not in the English language.

For more information, please contact:
Mr. Sameer Sharma

Mr. William Lee Kwong Hwa
  • Last Date of Submission of Entries:
    15 October 2013

  • Award Ceremony:
    18 November 2013
    ITU Connect Asia-Pacific Summit
    Bangkok, Thailand

Criteria for Judging  
Judging Criteria Weight Attributes
Societal impact and change 50% (a) Transformational impact to society / group

(b) Improvement in Quality of Life
Use of technology 20% (a) Innovative use of existing technology to generate the transformational impact
Potential to be duplicated / implemented in other countries 15% (a) Can the programme / project be replicated in other environments and/or in different member States
Presentation 15% (a) Organisation of presentation / story line

(b) Appeal
Total 100%  


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