Today it is estimated that 65 per cent of the world’s population live in cities, with the number set to grow as 1.3 million people move into urban areas every week. This migration has contributed to the rise of megacities, of which there were only three in 1975, now 21 and rising. Experts predict that by 2050 more than 6 billion people will live in urban areas.
To face the challenge of this growing population and meet the rising demand of resources and services, cities need to move towards a path of sustainable growth and development, while remaining respectful of the environment. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) can be the driver for such solutions.
And here is where you come in...
Now in its third year, ITU and Telefónica are delighted to again present their Green ICT Application Challenge, inviting developers to submit the best and most innovative Concept Paper for an ICT application to help build Smart Sustainable Cities and achieve environmental sustainability in urban areas.
Ideas for topic areas are:
- Energy management
- Water management and sanitation
- Waste management
- Transport and mobility
- Urban planning, including smart buildings
- Adaptation to climate change
- Smart societies, community engagement and environmental education
The challenge is open to individuals from ITU Member States, and the author of the best and most innovative Concept Paper for an ICT Application will be awarded a 5,000 USD cash prize in Madrid, Spain on 18 September 2013 during the 3rd ITU Green Standards Week.
But hurry… submission ends on 15 July 2013 at 12:00 PM CET.
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Learn more about ITU-T’s work on ICTs, the environment and climate change here.