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Green ICT Application Challenge to help combat climate change
Malcolm Johnson
photo credit: ITU/V.Martin
Malcolm Johnson
Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau

“ The objective of this competition is to push contestants to think outside the box and develop concept papers for an ICT application that will make a valuable contribution to the green ICT industry. In particular, we want contestants to think about the issues faced by developing countries for adaptation or mitigation. ”

Cash prize for most innovative concept

ITU has launched a Green ICT Application Challenge to find the best and most innovative idea for a climate change focused app. The winning concept will be awarded USD10 000, thanks to challenge sponsors Research in Motion (RIM) and Telefónica.

As well as the cash prize, the winner will be invited to present the new concept at ITU’s Green Standards Week in Rome, Italy, on 5–9 September 2011. If the winning app can be developed in time, it will be showcased during a side event to be held at the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP17), which will take place in Durban, South Africa, from 28 November to 9 December 2011.

ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, said, “We have seen how ubiquitous apps have become and how useful they can be. The Green ICT Application Challenge is our way of prompting the next wave of innovation to tackle a truly global problem.”

Malcolm Johnson, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau added: “The objective of this competition is to push contestants to think outside the box and develop concept papers for an ICT application that will make a valuable contribution to the green ICT industry. In particular, we want contestants to think about the issues faced by developing countries for adaptation or mitigation.”

Challenge sponsors RIM and Telefónica both recognize that green applications for web and mobile devices have great potential to contribute to abating climate change worldwide. Many apps on the market target carbon footprinting, but this challenge aims to move to the next stage. For example, contender apps might focus on:

  • energy efficiency in smart buildings or smart homes, or intelligent transport systems

  • community engagement

  • eco-design

  • monitoring of climate change

  • measurement of greenhouse gas emissions

  • adaptation to climate change (for example, emergency telecommunications and alerts for disaster relief).

Contestants should submit a detailed concept paper explaining how their idea helps combat climate change and provides an ICT solution to an environmental or sustainability problem. Entries may be any kind of software tool or game, for the web or a personal computer or a mobile device. The closing date for entries is 17 June 2011 at 1700 hours CET (Central European Time).

For the rules and entry requirements, please go to: www.itu.int/ITU-T/climatechange/greenict/index.html

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact: greenstandard@itu.int

 

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