10,000 young people invited to
join the global debate at ITU Telecom World 2011 and imagine the
innovations that could make a real difference.
ITU is calling on
schoolchildren across the world to join
a global metaconference
Telecom World 2011
(24-27 October, Geneva, Switzerland) on how technology can be
harnessed to solve socio-economic problems and accelerate progress
toward the Millennium Development Goals.
Students and teachers are encouraged to sign up
their schools or classes and send in their ideas, prototypes and
innovations in areas where technology could be harnessed to:
alleviate poverty and hunger
address gender inequality
make sure everyone has access to health care
protect our environment
improve the lives of disabled people
close the gap between the developed and
Students are asked to consider
burning questions such as how can we close the gap between rich and
poor? How can we make
disabled people’s lives easier?
Or how can we improve
education for all?
Ideas and prototypes will be shown to the more than 5,000 influential
delegates expected to attend the event, including Heads of
State/Heads of Government, industry CEOs, technology gurus, digital
innovators and delegations from students’ home countries.
As well as the chance to influence key ICT
decision makers, taking part in the metaconference can provide
teachers and students with a valuable real-world context in core
curriculum areas such as history, geography and mathematics.
Ideas will also form a key part of the ITU
Telecom World 2011 Manifesto for a Connected World, a collaborative
vision that will be developed out of the event focused on how
connected technologies can make citizens happier, healthier, safer
Those unable to attend in person will be able
to follow the action as it unfolds from wherever they are in the
world via live video streams. They will also be encouraged to network
and share ideas beforehand, participate remotely in workshops and
feed into key discussions as they take place.
“Children are our future and
deserve the opportunity to have their voices heard. We’re delighted
that the power of technology will enable children everywhere to join
the discussion and share ideas and innovations alongside global
leaders”, said Dr Hamadoun Touré, ITU Secretary-General.