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CALL TO ALUMNI - 10th Anniversary of the ITU-Telecom Youth Forum: YOUNG INNOVATORS  


Connecting more global citizens will offer considerable commercial and social opportunities.
In October, thousands of influential private and public sector players will congregate in Geneva to make sure the right frameworks are in place to connect the world.
This debate would not be complete without the fresh thinking of young digital innovators. ITU WORLD 2011 will deliver competitions to engage new audiences and invite them to design innovative connected products. They will be aimed at three stages of the talent flow: young entrepreneurs and developers and successful social entrepreneurs seeking second stage investment.
This competition will engage young talent under 25, positively weighting women, unemployed and disabled youth.




  • Brief Posted on the website
  • Talent post seed ideas in response to the challenge
  • The competition is based on peer review. Online communities will vote for their entries.
  • Selected talent will be invited to attend a development workshop
  • Developed pitches will be delivered at the event
  • The best are invited to give a presentation at the Broadband Leadership Summit
  • Participants and online communities will be invited to vote for their favourite ideas
  • At the finale of the event, votes will be counted. Most forward-looking entries will be awarded seed funding (covering travel, time and expenses) and industry mentorship
  • They report back during the development process and deliver case studies at WORLD 2012


Winning ideas should use available technology connected in innovative ways to provide clear solutions to identified real world social and/or environmental challenges in the developing world.

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