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App challenge targets increased socio-economic
ITU calls for apps supporting e-health, e-learning and e-government
Dubai, 22 November, 2012 – A cash prize of USD 5,000 is
offered to the winner of a new ITU Application Challenge seeking to uncover apps
extending the reach of mobile health, mobile money, e-learning, e-government and
intelligent transport systems.
Innovation Application Challenge aims to promote sustainable,
equitable economic growth in emerging economies by unearthing apps targeting the
social and economic inclusion of traditionally underserved communities.
Coordinated by the
Focus Group on Bridging the Gap: from Innovation to Standards
(FG Innovation), the Challenge was launched during an “ICT Innovations” side
event of the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-12) in
Dubai, UAE. FG Innovation investigates the reciprocal relationship between
innovation and standardization with a particular focus on emerging markets.
How do I enter?
App developers are requested to submit a working application accompanied by a
concept paper detailing the app’s design and conceptual motivation. Apps should
take full advantage of mobile phones, mobile Internet access and social media
tools to improve the transparency of government or increase access to
healthcare, financial services, education or transportation.
The winning individual/SME will receive a cash prize of USD 5,000 courtesy of
Nokia Siemens Networks, and a one-year, worldwide right to the use of the
Challenge’s logo in any material promoting the app. The winning
corporation/public sector organization will receive an award certificate and a
similar one-year, worldwide right to the use of the Challenge’s logo in any of
the app’s promotional material.
The results of the Challenge will be announced at an ITU celebration of the
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, 17 May 2013, where the
winners will be invited to showcase their apps to a global audience of top-level
decision makers from the public and private sector.
More information and detailed Challenge rules:
For more information, please contact:
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information, ITU
Senior Communications Officer,
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