2017 Forum programme



Sunday, September 24, 2017
Ministerial Programme (Ministers Only)
Sunday, September 24, 2017, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM, Pick up from hotels

The Busan Smart City Tour will pay a visit to the Busan IT Industry Promotion Agency (BIPA). Since its establishment in 2002, BIPA has led the creative cultural industry in Busan running a variety of projects supporting technological innovation, policies on local IT & CT(Cultural Contents) industries, and provides expert training on the Smart City Model. At the BIPA premises you will also tour a Pavilion that showcases the Busan Smart City Project and its services. The Pavilion offers visitors an opportunity to experience a variety of VR and sensor technologies including smart city monitoring and smart street light.

 

To secure your place in this event, please sign up via the digital RSVP which you will receive in a separate email.




Ministerial Programme (Ministers Only)
Sunday, September 24, 2017, 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM, Orchid Room, Westin Chosun Hotel

The ITU Secretary-General Mr. Houlin Zhao invites Ministers of telecommunications and ICTs to a private meeting.

 

To secure your place in this event, please sign up via the digital RSVP which you will receive in a separate email.




Ministerial Programme (Ministers Only)
Sunday, September 24, 2017, 7:15 PM - 11:59 PM, Westin Chosun Hotel

The ITU Ministerial Consultative Meeting will be followed by a private dinner.

 

To secure your place in this event, please sign up via the digital RSVP which you will receive in a separate email.


Monday, September 25, 2017
Panel Session
Monday, September 25, 2017, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM, 101-102

Smart cities are powered by data, collected, generated and connected by a complex network of IoT applications and solutions. As IoT and AI advances, machines continue to learn, improve and make calculated decisions, drawing on the enormous data sets of billions of IoT connected objects to create a continuously-evolving ecosystem of intelligent devices. By accurately measuring and assessing progress in the building of smart city ecosystems, AI can provide the missing link between theory and practice, enabling new urban living applications and solutions, and scaling up smart public services. How will the use of AI directly impact on mobility, public safety or city planning? Can designing a reward/punish model accelerate AI learning on urban lives? What are the regulatory and security implications of a greater AI presence in our daily lives? Do we need standardized ethics on public services, and if so, how can they be agreed and established? What is the future of human-machine interaction and collaboration, and how can we educate and prepare the next generation for the changes to come?

Session part of ITU-T’s Smart ABC Programme

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass and Forum 1-Day Pass holders





Partner Session
Monday, September 25, 2017, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM, Room 201-202

The telecommunications sector is closely observing developments in artificial intelligence technologies (AI) with a view to improving telco business models and structure. AI will enable the telco sector to accelerate the evolution of network operator infrastructure into an intelligent network, where operators can take full advantage of faster, smarter and more scalable infrastructure to maximize business potential. KT believes that 5G and AI are the key enablers of the intelligent network, which will fundamentally upgrade industries and markets across the board.

In this session, KT will introduce examples of how key AI features can be incorporated into an intelligent network, including the use of data from global roaming, handover and optical fibre to create new value. KT will highlight its latest achievements in the field of AI applications, including next generation media, smart energy, and improvements in public value. How can AI and telco technologies best be integrated to make the intelligent network a reality in the near future?

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, Forum 1-Day Pass and Exhibition Pass holders




Networking
Monday, September 25, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Auditorium

The official event launch, opening ITU Telecom World 2017 before an audience of event participants and special guests, including Heads of State and Ministers, Heads of UN Agencies, regulators, C-level industry representatives, Forum speakers and accredited media.

 

Open to all pass categories

To access the Opening Ceremony, participants must sign up and provide their passport information. The link to signup will be sent to every participant in a separate email.




Networking
Monday, September 25, 2017, 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM, 107-108-109-110

Following the activities of the first morning of the event, the Leaders Lunch offers an exclusive opportunity for Leader Pass holders to connect with fellow delegates and high-level industry representatives in an engaging social environment.

 

Open to Leader Pass holders




Press Conference
Monday, September 25, 2017, 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM, Room 101-102

The Press Conference will bring together influential global and Korean media from within the ICT industry, as well as major newsagencies. It will highlight what to expect during the week, outline the core themes to be debated and illustrate further how ITU Telecom World 2017 is providing the global platform for governments, corporates and SMEs to explore key questions around our smart digital transformation and the global opportunities it offers.

The Press Conference will feature an influential line-up of speakers representing different aspects of ITU Telecom World events, including ITU Secretary-General, top-level representatives from the Host Country, the Republic of Korea, and key event participants.

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass and Forum1-Day Pass holders




Ministerial Programme (Ministers Only)
Monday, September 25, 2017, 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM, -

Special group tours are available enabling Ministers to explore the exhibition. To see the full list of exhibitors click here.

 

To secure your place in this event, please sign up via the digital RSVP which you will receive in a separate email.




Side Event
Monday, September 25, 2017, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Room 206

This session brings together city mayors and high-level city officials leading smart city projects around the world to share their experiences and debate the future of urban living supported by emerging smart technologies. Where have current smart city initiatives proved successful, and what lessons have been learnt to date? How can we make cities smart in areas such as infrastructure, mobility, transport and resource allocation? How can we best use technology to improve the lives of citizens by providing good quality education and health services, balancing gender equality in public services and increasing civic involvement in local government? Can emerging technologies such as AI open up new opportunities to understand the real challenges of modern urban life and provide unprecedented, novel solutions?

 

Open to Smart ABC Programme participants only.




Side Event
Monday, September 25, 2017, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Room 203

Bringing together C-level executives from financial institutions, ICT companies providing financial services, financial consultants, fintech hubs and incubators, this session will explore how innovative technologies can accelerate the digital transformation ofthe financial industry and reshape the global finance ecosystem. Which disruptive technologies will flourish, and which are likely to have the greatest future impact on our lives? If the Internet of Things enables machines to trade with machines, how can we create an Internet of Value to ensure the transaction of values, and will this end the role of middleman in the form of financial institutions? Will future currencies such as bitcoin, Etherium, Ripple or Litecoin replace national currencies throughout the world? With the advent of quantum cryptography, will current security protocols in financial services be threatened by super-intelligent quantumcomputers able to unchain blockchain and disrupt data transmission?

 

Open to Smart ABC Programme participants only.




Side Event
Monday, September 25, 2017, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Room 204

Experts in AI will explore cutting-edge AI technologies in-depth, debating their current and future potential impact across all industry and service sectors in terms of capabilities, ethics, privacy and data ownership. How can AI and the data it generates be regulated if ownership is concentrated in the hands of only few companies or individuals? How can data used primarily for advertisingand profit maximization be governed? How can we best prepare the next generation for economic singularity as AI increasingly replaces humans in a range of professions, industry sectors and jobs? What are potential workforce scenarios in the AI era, and should we seriously consider solutions such as basic income provision?

 

Open to Smart ABC Programme participants only.




Partner Session
Monday, September 25, 2017, 2:15 PM - 4:45 PM, 201-202

Following the success of six previous workshops, the 7th TDD Spectrum Workshop (TDD Spectrum and 5G Technology Workshop) will be jointly hosted by ITU, Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI), and China Mobile and Telecommunication Development Industry Alliance (TDIA) during ITU Telecom World 2017.

With the rapid development of the TDD industry and the increasing scale of commercialization of TDD networks worldwide, TD-LTE has already provided high-speed networks, diversified innovative applications and changed our lives. The advent of 5G will not only bring us unprecedented levels of network performance, but also creative cross-over industry innovations such as automotive, intelligent robots,  AI,  and smart solutions creating a new world.  5G will change our societies - and with the joint effort of the entire industry, 5G is coming closer than ever. At this critical juncture, spectrum requirements and management should be discussed and promoted together with one goal.

This workshop will bring together delegates from governments, regulators, organizations, operators and industry partners to share their views on global unified planning of TDD spectrum, 5G technologies, trial status, strategies, policy and regulations.

Partner session organized by TDIA.

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, Forum 1-Day Pass and Exhibition Pass holders





Leadership Summit
Monday, September 25, 2017, 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM, Room 205

We are living in an increasingly smart world. A world where applications, solutions, products and even entire industries are making innovative use of ICTs to improve the sustainability of our cities and businesses, the efficiency of our services and the quality of our lives. Smart technologies have the potential to radically change the way we live, work and organize our society, transforming everything from transport to electricity supply, financial services, urban planning, local government, health, education and manufacturing. But what will the smart society of the future look like? What have we learnt from the experience of countries and sectors at the cutting edge of this transformation? Can we identify the major stakeholders, the key players and the leading solutions? What is the smart dream & and how do we get there? This opening Leadership Summit session sets the scene for the next four days of Forum debate by exploring different visions of smart societies and identifying how best to turn smart digital transformation into global opportunity.


Open to Leader Pass and Executive Pass holders




Panel Session
Monday, September 25, 2017, 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM, 101-102

As a critical natural resource for communications, spectrum is a powerful enabler of socio-economic development. But spectrum is also a limited resource, hotly contested by a range of different communications industries, vertical sectors, specialized users and interest groups. Governments and regulators in charge of allocating spectrum on a local and national basis must also consider a complex equation of social and policy factors, in addition to technological developments, strategies for economic growth and intense industry lobbying. The success of smart digital transformation depends to a great extent on the allocation of available spectrum and the viability of collaborative approaches to spectrum sharing. How can meeting consumer demands for mobile services be balanced against the needs of other spectrum users in the broadcasting, satellite or emergency communications sectors? How important is predictability of spectrum availability in accelerating 5G deployment – and how will differing speeds of 5G development in different regions impact on spectrum resources? What is the role of spectrum in enabling IoT and the smart services it supports to flourish and evolve? What models of collaboration, spectrum sharing or co-primary allocation have proved most successful to date? How are countries advancing in the implementation of the outcomes of WRC-15? What issues will be key for WRC-19?

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass and Forum 1-Day Pass holders





Leadership Summit
Monday, September 25, 2017, 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM, Room 205

Smart digital transformation relies on a diverse, interconnected ecosystem of highly-complex, critical ICT implementations. The increasing complexity of ICT, combined with hyper-connectivity and the huge volumes of data generated, opens up a high degree of vulnerability – to malicious attacks, unintentional accidents or damage from natural disaster. Ensuring reliability, continuity of services and user safety in a smart environment is essential. The challenge of providing cyber security, data protection and privacy to reduce risk and increase resilience is key to the success of smart societies. How can we build resilience into smart technologies, systems and cities? What are the major threats of the interconnected world, and how can we anticipate and mitigate them? Is our ever-increasing reliance on ICT reducing our resilience to the extent that critical services are endangered? Could changes to jobs, markets and societies in the smart digital economy have a negative or even dangerous impact? This session will examine the potential risks in our smart future – and how best to counter them.


Open to Leader Pass and Executive Pass holders




Panel Session
Monday, September 25, 2017, 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM, 101-102

The financial services industry plays a crucial role in enabling tech MSMEs. Bankers, fund managers and investors provide much needed access to cash and credit lines required by entrepreneurs to develop their products and services, hire skilled workers and scale their activities. Indeed, regular cash injections provide an essential runway for early stage firms who may be pre-revenue or not yet fully profitable. Lack of access to capital, especially follow-on growth capital, is regularly cited by entrepreneurs in emerging and frontier markets as one of the key barriers to growing their businesses.

This panel will address the considerations made by prospective investors when identifying companies and markets to enter. How can we enable better on access to follow-on funding in emerging markets? Is country-level (systemic) risk more important than firm specific risk, and how are these assessed? How do investors weigh opportunities, and determine the feasibility of exits in markets where an IPO or an acquisition are less likely? How can leading stakeholders better enable investor confidence, and create a virtuous cycle of investment, growth, exits and re-investment in their domestic ecosystems?

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, Forum 1-Day Pass and Exhibition Pass holders




Networking
Monday, September 25, 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Grand Ballroom

The spectacular Welcome Reception offers entertainment, fine dining and high-level networking at the end of the first day of the event.

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Forum 1-Day Pass holders


Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Plenary Session
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM, 103-104-105

5G will play a fundamental role in accelerating digital transformation, with immense potential to disrupt business, industry, society and individual lives. It promises exponential increases in speed, traffic, reliability and coverage, combined with reduced latency and unimaginable flexibility. Seamless operation across multiple hybrid technologies will allow fully-configurable, dynamic networks to support multiple industries, use cases and personalized services. Managing the complexity, administering and orchestrating the network is an enormous challenge. How can we address the key issues of harmonized spectrum to enable investment, standardization and security? How important is it to establish a level playing field globally? How can cross-sector regulation best be managed? Which industry sectors will lead the 5G revolution – and will video be the killer service driving consumer adoption of 5G?

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass and Forum 1-Day Passholders





Side Event
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM, Room 203

This session brings together AI experts, city mayors and local government officials to share insights and thought-leadership on improving the quality of urban living through AI technologies. As the complexity and criticality of IT networks increases in ever-smarter cities, so does the vulnerability to natural disaster, accident or cyber attack. Can we design cities with built-in resilience? How can AI systems best be deployed in the infrastructure of smart cities? How can we manage the tsunami of data created by smart cities? Are we focusing too much on future cities in the developed world, and how can we move the debate to embrace the needs of smart cities in emerging markets? Can AI help reduce the divide between cities in developing and developed nations?

 

Open to Smart ABC Programme participants only.




Partner Session
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM, Room 205

Host Country partner session organized by the Republic of Korea. Full session details will be available shortly.




Networking
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Room 205

An opportunity to relax, make new connections and exchange views in the refreshment break between Forum sessions.  




Ministerial Programme (Ministers Only)
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, -

Special group tours are available enabling Ministers to explore the exhibition. To see the full list of exhibitors click here.

 

To secure your place in this event, please sign up via the digital RSVP which you will receive in a separate email.




Ministerial Roundtable
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM, 201-202

Bringing together ministers from around the world, the Ministerial Roundtable offers a unique opportunity to share national experiences and best practices in advancing smart digital transformation. The Ministerial Roundtable provides a global platform to highlight opportunities for partnership and investment in local markets, as well as key challenges to development which could be met by collaboration within the international community. Each roundtable will be composed of 10 ministers of telecommunications/ICTs, who will join this moderated debate.

This session of the Ministerial Roundtable will focus on the actions taken by the public sector to support the transformation of the ICT sector.

 

Speakers of this session will feature some of the ministers attending Telecom this year from the following countries: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Greece, Guyana, People Democratic Republic of Lao, Nigeria, State of Palestine, Sri Lanka, Tuvalu, Viet Nam, Cote d'Ivoire

*as of 19.07.2017

Exact list of speakers in each part of the ministerial roundtable sessions will be available closer to the event.

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass,Forum Pass and Forum 1-Day Pass holders




Panel Session
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM, 101-102

Data is the currency of smart digital transformation: from sensors in billions of interconnected objects in the IoT to the connected car, e-health solutions, government services and social media, every aspect of our smart future will rely on data. Big data has already generated big headaches in terms of the cross-country and in-country flow of data, personal privacy and individual and national security. As the smart transformation continues, the amount of data generated will increase exponentially. How can users be sure that future connected devices will work for them, not against them? Could lack of trust and security become a major obstacle in accelerating the digital economy? What are consequences of the commoditization of personal data? Can government, industry and users work together to ensure citizens' rights are respected and privacy preserved?

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass and Forum 1-Day Pass holders





Side Event
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM, Room 204

Smart financial services are key to the operations of many aspects of smart cities. This session brings together city mayors andlocal government officials with digital finance experts and leaders to explore how smart digital financial services can enhance thelives of citizens across all areas of smart urban living from smart transportation to smart health, smart homes, smart utilities andsmart public services. What are the barriers to adopting or increasing the use of smart banking in terms of standardization, regulation, security and infrastructure? Where will the greatest impact of fintech and disruptive financial services be felt – and will smart financial services increase inclusivity by bringing more and more of the unbanked into financial systems across smart cities?

 

Open to Smart ABC Programme participants only.




Side Event
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM, Room 203

International AI experts and high-level financial leaders will explore the current and potential impact of AI in the financial sector, focusing in particular on the regulatory and security implications. How can RegTech facilitate effective, reliable and efficient regulation compliance in the emerging new financial services market? How should traditional major financial institutions, including leading retail banks, adapt and transform in the face of disruption from AI? Who owns or governs the data that is essential to AI? How can AI decisions, actions and impact be regulated, and who should be held responsible? How can we balance human and machine input and actions to ensure optimal customer service?

 

Open to Smart ABC Programme participants only.




Ministerial Programme (Ministers Only)
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, -

Special group tours are available enabling Ministers to explore the exhibition. To see the full list of exhibitors click here.

 

To secure your place in this event, please sign up via the digital RSVP which you will receive in a separate email.




Ministerial Roundtable
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM, 201-202

Bringing together ministers from around the world, the Ministerial Roundtable offers a unique opportunity to share national experiences and best practices in advancing smart digital transformation. The Ministerial Roundtable provides a global platform to highlight opportunities for partnership and investment in local markets, as well as key challenges to development which could be met by collaboration within the international community. Each roundtable will be composed of 10 ministers of telecommunications/ICTs, who will join this moderated debate.

This session of the Ministerial Roundtable will focus on the actions taken by the public sector to support the use of ICTs in shaping smart industries in sectors such as banking, health, retail or transportation.

 

Speakers of this session will feature some of the ministers attending Telecom this year from the following countries: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Greece, Guyana, People Democratic Republic of Lao, Nigeria, State of Palestine, Sri Lanka, Tuvalu, Viet Nam, Cote d'Ivoire

*as of 19.07.2017

Exact list of speakers in each part of the ministerial roundtable sessions will be available closer to the event.

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass and Forum 1-Day Pass holders




Panel Session
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM, 101-102

Artificial intelligence increasingly enables machines to perform tasks previously thought to rely on human experience and creativity and to move beyond human capacity in analysing the tremendous volumes of data generated by smart technologies. AI-powered research and analysis has huge potential to create value throughout the financial sector, from fund allocation to trading financial assets, wealth management and dealing with regulatory challenges. What are the benefits and challenges of applying AI to financial services to improve accuracy, transparency and efficiency? How can AI help organizations deal with complex and resource-consuming regulatory and compliance issues? Can AI help to ensure that global development funds are allocated effectively, appropriately and efficiently? How can AI analysis provide better insight and guidance on fund allocation, financial trading and distribution in wealth management? What are the ethical, regulatory and security implications of increasing the role of AI in the financial sector? This session will look at how the use of AI and innovative ICT solutions will impact the financial sector.

Session part of ITU-T’s Smart ABC Programme

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass and Forum 1-Day Pass holders




Partner Session
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM, 103-104-105

This Nigeria Investment Session will showcase the abounding opportunities for investment in the country, providing a platform for interactions between representatives of the Nigerian government, key industry players in Nigeria’s ICT and telecom sector, SMEs and innovators, and investors.

Featuring a line-up of brilliant panelists playing key roles across the industry in Nigeria from government, regulatory bodies and indigenous and foreign companies, discussions will highlight progress in meeting the goals of the National Broadband plan, strategies to deepen connectivity and flagship programmes to drive ICT development in Nigeria.





Partner Session
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM, Room 205

Host Country partner session organized by the Republic of Korea. Full session details will be available shortly.




Side Event
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM, Room 106

The world is in the midst of an innovation renaissance. Significant innovations in areas such as artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual reality, big data, biotech, drones, space exploration, 3D printing, FinTech, digital medicine and genetic engineering are dramatically changing our everyday lives. The power of technology, once exclusively limited to big governments and industry, is now being democratized in the hands of ordinary citizens everywhere. This roundtable discussion on technology innovation will provide an opportunity for leading innovators, thought-leaders and technology companies to explore how to increase the understanding and awareness of the opportunities and challenges of new technology and exponential change. It aims to rally leading innovators and technology companies to develop, incubate and resource cutting-edge innovations to solve pressing challenges in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals; and to address the need for collaborative platforms to facilitate sharing best ideas and innovations to informpolicy and inspire collective action for global impact at scale.

 

Closed Session. Access Upon Invitation Only




Networking
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM, Room 205

An opportunity to relax, make new connections and exchange views in the refreshment break between Forum sessions.  




Ministerial Roundtable
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM, 201-202

Bringing together ministers from around the world, the Ministerial Roundtable offers a unique opportunity to share national experiences and best practices in advancing smart digital transformation. The Ministerial Roundtable provides a global platform to highlight opportunities for partnership and investment in local markets, as well as key challenges to development which could be met by collaboration within the international community. Each roundtable will be composed of 10 ministers of telecommunications/ICTs, who will join this moderated debate.

This session of the Ministerial Roundtable will focus on the actions taken by the public sector to ensure that smart digital transformation benefits citizens, addressing the major risks linked with technology disruption.

 

Speakers of this session will feature some of the ministers attending Telecom this year from the following countries: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Greece, Guyana, People Democratic Republic of Lao, Nigeria, State of Palestine, Sri Lanka, Tuvalu, Viet Nam, Cote d'Ivoire

*as of 19.07.2017

Exact list of speakers in each part of the ministerial roundtable sessions will beavailable closer to the event.

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass and Forum 1-Day Pass holders




Panel Session
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM, 101-102

Using smart technologies to improve the quality of life, efficiency of services and management of resources and infrastructure in our cities is ever-more critical: 54% of the world’s population currently lives in urban areas, a figure set to rise to 66% by 2050. Meeting the social, economic and environmental needs of present and future urban generations involves a complex smart city ecosystem embracing multiple sectors such as transport, logistics, health, government services and education. The operational key to this ecosystem is smart banking, enabling secure, safe, easy and inclusive digital financial transactions. Moving beyond traditional banking is the approaching “internet of value”, where IoT will increasingly enable direct machine-to-machine transactions, cutting out the human middleman – your car will pay directly for fuel, your television for films, your watch for theatre tickets or drinks at the bar. What is the role of smart banking in the smart city ecosystem, today and in the future? How can we build networks to ensure safe, reliable and inclusive machine-to-machine transactions? How important are quality of service, reliability, interoperability and standards in establishing consumer and business trust? How will the stakeholders in smart city banking, from government to telcos, financial institutions and regulators, need to reposition and collaborate – and what is the potential impact for society?

Session part of ITU-T’s Smart ABC Programme

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass and Forum 1-Day Pass holders





Partner Session
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM, Room 205

Host Country partner session organized by the Republic of Korea. Full session details will be available shortly.




Networking
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, LeaderSpace

An opportunity to relax, make new connections and exchange views during the exclusive Happy Hour networking activity in the central LeaderSpace.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Plenary Session
Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM, 101-102

Telecom operators throughout the world are transforming their operations in the face of ever-increasing competition from new players with radically different business models, cultures and regulatory requirements. Their international nature and cross-border activities allow many new entrants to the ICT ecosystem to operate on a different playing field to telcos, subject as they are to tight industry regulation and government fiscal measures. Next-generation networks, whether fixed or wireless, are essential to smart digital transformation, but also require enormous investment. What options exist for operators to maximize the value and revenue from investment in infrastructure? How can regulatory approaches adapt to the new reality and allow telcos to innovate in an increasingly competitive market? Does government have a further role to playing in fostering operator innovation? What are the key experiences of operators and regulators to date – and why is regulation increasingly difficult?

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass and Forum 1-Day Pass holders





Panel Session
Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM, 201-202

Through the Connect 2020 Agenda, ITU Member States have committed to work towards the shared vision of bridging the digital divide. Providing universal broadband access is one of the key goals, and 151 countries have already declared national broadband plans. As 2020 approaches, it is becoming more and more important to work on achieving this goal. In this session, we will investigate the broadband boost enabled by the latest wireless technology in developing countries and LDCs. We will explore and analyse supply side issues, including policies on ICT infrastructure sharing, networks and scarce resources such as spectrum; and demand side issues such as policies on intervention to promote digital take-up, standards and monitoring of quality of service for mobile data, internet and other aspects.

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass and Forum 1-Day Pass holders




Panel Session
Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM, 101-102

Online platforms are a critical element of the digital economy, revolutionizing access to information and playing a vital role in creating or energizing markets, innovating services and increasing both consumer choice and industry competitiveness. Online platforms such as advertising sites, marketplaces, search engines, social media, payment systems and communication services facilitate interaction between businesses, consumers and even administrations in our digital society. But issues arise over how user data is collected and made use of, as well as the fairness of B2B relations between online platforms and their suppliers, and the role of platforms in tackling illegal content online. What policy responses are necessary or practical to ensure a level playing field for comparable digital services? How can governments and regulators protect customers and secure their personal data? What can be done to encourage open, innovative, data-driven markets whilst at the same time fostering trust and transparency in the use of online platforms?

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass and Forum 1-Day Pass holders





Networking
Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM, room 107-108-109-110

A unique opportunity to find out more on key projects and partnership options, connecting with high-level representatives from Kuwait's regulatory body, CITRA, in the relaxed, social environment of a networking lunch.




Panel Session
Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM, 203

A founder’s road to success can be long and treacherous. It takes determination, resilience and a singular vision to successfully negotiate this path. It is rare to find an entrepreneur who hasn’t experienced failure: but dealing with this and picking oneself back up often separates the successful from the rest. While fraught with risk, entrepreneurial endeavor can also be most rewarding, and provides an opportunity to reshape products, services, and even entire industries, and create a lasting impact on people’s lives.

This panel will hear from successful entrepreneurs, and offer insights into this dynamic and fast-paced lifestyle. What characteristics separate successful founders from the rest? What motivates founders even when the obstacles seem insurmountable? What ‘hacks’ could they recommend to others just starting out, and what advice would they give to other founders aspiring to build a successful business?

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, Forum 1-Day Pass and Exhibition Pass holders




Panel Session
Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM, Room 201-202

In recent years there has been significant progress in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) technology made possible by tremendous advances in associated fields such as big data, machine learning, computing power, storage capacity and cloud computing, among others. AI is already being tested in proactive tools and applications in a wide range of areas including computer science, finance, business analytics, customer service, transportation and healthcare. AI also has the potential to play a major role in driving inclusive sustainable economic development and meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Fulfilling this potential is dependent upon international recognition and collaboration to invest in cutting-edge research, promoting AI-based tools to directly address the most pressing challenges of the SDGs, and scaling proven solutions to define a common agenda for highest priority investment. How can we best capitalize on the potential advantages of these research findings, tools and solutions? How exactly does AI affect economic growth and development? What are most effective metrics to measure economic impact in the different contexts of developed and developing markets?
This year’s edition of the ICT Economic and Industry Expert Roundtable on the “Economic Impact of Artificial Intelligence” aims to address these questions by providing an analysis of the global economic impact of AI as well as potential measurement methodologies or models.

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass,Forum Pass and Forum 1-Day Pass holders





Panel Session
Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM, 101-102

This session addresses how the ITU is continuing to work to enable and shape g the wireless ecosystem. It takes place as the ITU is celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the CCIR/ITU Radiocommunication Study Groups (1927-2017) and the 111th anniversary of the Radio Regulations (1906-2017).

Since the last decade of the 20th century, the world has witnessed extraordinary growth in the use of wireless communication systems, from cellular and cordless phones and radio-based fleet management systems to radio and television broadcasting, cognitive radio, spectrum monitoring and International Mobile Telecommunications 2020.At the same time, radio has become a vital technology for a growing number of essential public services such as efficient management and use of the spectrum/orbit resource, radio systems characteristics and performance, satellite navigation and intelligent transport systems, global positioning systems, spectrum monitoring for environmental monitoring, and emergency radiocommunication systems for public protection and disaster relief, as well as space science services.

This session will explore the key issues facing the wireless industry and how the ITU process of developing and updating worldwide regulations and standards contributes to enabling and shaping the ecosystem of radiocommunications. It will also address how to further improve this process as radiocommunication technology continues to evolve at an ever-increasing speed.

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass and Forum 1-Day Pass holders


Thursday, September 28, 2017
Plenary Session
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM, 201-202

As digital technologies expand across all areas of industry and society, new services, business models and jobs are being created and introduced into the market, calling for new skills amongst both the workforce and ordinary citizens. The changing skills profile of the digital economy means that serious capacity shortages are likely in the near future. Without the ability to use ICT solutions and applications, global citizens remain excluded from the digital economy and the opportunities it presents for employment, empowerment and social benefit. Reducing the e-skills gap is essential to enable as many people as possible to take advantage of digital transformation and open the doors to opportunity. ICT training providers need to monitor the skills needed in the digital economy, providing relevant solutions, continuous training and lifelong learning programmes for all categories of users. This session will explore the new and emerging skills requirements of the digital era, and how training providers such as ITU Centres of Excellence can best address these skills challenges.  Can digital technologies create capacity building opportunities, and how can we leverage those opportunities? What policies and programmes have nations put in place to equip their nationals with digital skills and ensure national digital inclusion? How can we ensure that the challenge of capacity building in the digital era is a shared responsibility amongst all key stakeholders?  Will participating in the digital economy be a source of empowerment?

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass and Forum 1-Day Pass holders




Panel Session
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM, 101-102

Meeting the ICT sector’s ambitious goal of connecting the next 1.5 billion world citizens by 2020 calls for innovative approaches to universal access, including new technologies, new business models and new public-private-civic sector partnerships. But connectivity alone is not enough. To drive broadband adoption with all the associated socio-economic benefits it brings, we need to focus explicitly on creating demand. Content must be in local languages and relevant to local contexts and communities. Compelling services and applications in areas such as banking, health, education and entertainment is key. Digital inclusion can only be effective and meaningful when there is awareness of the benefits of connectivity, the skills and confidence to exploit it, and affordable, attractive content. What progress is being made towards meaningful connectivity, and what stumbling blocks are emerging? How can we reach the marginalized groups that are disproportionately unconnected, the rural, low-income, illiterate, elderly and female? Can improving access to public services drive demand? What training and education programmes have proved successful? Are affordability, bandwidth and awareness as important as local content creation?

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass and Forum 1-Day Pass holders





Networking
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM, 107-108-109-110

Join leaders, exhibitors and delegates from the entire ITU Telecom World community in celebrating the ingenuity of SMEs, corporates and governments in developing and supporting ICT solutions with real social impact. ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao will present the awards in this high-profile ceremony to the winners of the ITU Telecom World Awards 2017 as selected by our expert international jury. Award categories include Global SME Awards, Global Corporate Awards, Government Award, Host Country SME Award and Recognition of Excellence certificates for SMEs on National Pavilions.

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, Forum 1-Day Pass and Exhibition Pass holders




Networking
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM, Grand Ballroom

The Farewell Reception brings the four days of ITU Telecom World 2017 to a close with music and entertainment to accompany the formal goodbye to all delegates and guests. 

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, Forum 1-Day Pass and Exhibition Pass holders