The ITU Kaleidoscope events aim to increase the dialogue between experts working on the standardization of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and academia. By viewing technologies through a Kaleidoscope, these forward looking events will also seek to identify new topics for standardization. The objective is to hold these events once a year in different parts of the world.
Given that the concepts of innovative technologies are normally developed in the academic world, ITU is increasingly looking to attract academics from the world’s universities and R&D institutions, fostering their involvement in the ITU Standardization process. There are numerous examples of this policy bearing fruit as many ITU-T Recommendations (international standards) have been heavily influenced by academic involvement.
The Kaleidoscope events also provide a venue to facilitate networking and discuss ways forward to enrich the ITU standardization process, both in terms of technical proposals for current work items and in steps to increase participation of academia and research organizations in the ITU standardization work.
The Kaleidoscope academic conferences, organized by ITU-T and technically co-sponsored by IEEE ComSoc, are international events that bring together researchers, professors and students from all over the world. The paper selection follows a rigorous double-blind, peer-revision process that involves more than 150 subject matter expert reviewers. The authors of the three best papers are awarded a total of CHF 6,000 price money.