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 ITU asks schoolchildren around the world: How can technology make the world a better place?

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

Geneva, 18 October 2011 – ITU is calling on schoolchildren across the world to join a global metaconference at ITU 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
  • improve education
  • 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 developing world

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 and smarter.

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.

To find out more and to register your school or class, click here.

Delegate registration is now open at http://world2011.itu.int/be-there/register-now.

Media accreditation is available at: http://world2011.itu.int/media-accreditation-procedure. Please note that accreditation for media closes at 18:00 CET Wednesday 19 October.

Live and archived webcasts of selected ITU Telecom World 2011 sessions will be available at: http://world2011.itu.int/

Follow ITU Telecom World 2011 event activities on Facebook at www.itu.int/facebook and through the @ITU_News twitter account #ITUworld11.

For more information, please contact:

Sally Moore
Axicom UK
tel +44 20 8392 4087
email itu@axicom.com
or Axicom offices worldwide: www.axicom.com
Sarah Parkes
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information, ITU
tel +41 22 730 6039
mobile +41 79 599 1439
email sarah.parkes@itu.int  


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