Nowadays, urban agglomerations attract and house the majority of the global population and economic activities. To face the challenge of a 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 solutions to the problems faced by cities. Thanks to their ubiquitous application in all human activities, ICTs can provide solutions to make cities of the future smart and sustainable, as well as stimulating positive behavioral changes towards environmental issues.
ITU and Telefónica are organizing the 3rd Green ICT Application Challenge to invite 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