2017 Forum programme



Monday, September 25, 2017
Networking
Monday, September 25, 2017, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM, 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 Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, Forum 1-Day Pass and Exhibition Pass holders

To access the Opening Ceremony, participants must sign up and provide their passport information. The sign up link can be found in a separate email that every participant will receive.




Panel Session
Monday, September 25, 2017, 10:45 AM - 12:00 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
Monday, September 25, 2017, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM, Room 201-202

Partner session organized by KT Corporation. Full session details will be available shortly.




Networking
Monday, September 25, 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:15 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




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

Partner session organized by TDIA. Full session details will be available shortly.




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 nextfour 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




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, 205

The connected car, with its barrage of sensors, cameras, high-definition maps and AI mapping data to improve cognition and functions, is a first step on the evolutionary journey to automated driving. The benefits of automation are huge: greatly increased road safety, important reductions in pollution and congestion, convenience and mobility for those currently unable to drive. Key challenges include providing connectivity and infrastructure, establishing legal frameworks for traffic flow and harmonized safety standardization, building consumer trust and acceptance, and issues of liability and responsibility. What are the latest developments in the connected car, in standardization and security? What are the roles of 5G and satellite in providing efficient hybrid connectivity solutions? How can mobile operators, regulators and car manufacturers build a successful collaborative platform? What are the additional applications and potential societal benefits of so much processing power, AI and data generation in a vehicle - and how can we ensure that data is secure and protected?

Co-hosted panel session (IMDA Singapore)

 

Open to Leader Pass,Executive Pass, Forum Pass and Forum 1-Day 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, Forum 1-Day Pass and Exhibition 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 to accelerate digital transformation. Are we taking the right steps to advance 5G? Is 5G development advancing at the right pace to drive digital transformation? Are we taking into account all the needs from different industries to design the specifications of 5G? How to best select the technology behind 5G? What applications will be driving 5G adoption from a user perspective?

 

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




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

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




Ministerial Roundtable
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM, Room 205

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 offers 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.

 

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 majorobstacle 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




Partner Session
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM, 201-202

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




Ministerial Roundtable
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM, Room 205

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 offers 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 to shape smart industries, in sectors such as banking, health, retail or transportation, among others.

 

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, 203-204

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. This session explores 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, 101-102

Partner session organized by Nigeria. Full session details will be available shortly.




Partner Session
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM, 201-202

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




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

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 offers 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.

 

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

Smart cities are powered by data, collected, generated and connected by a complex network of IoT applications and solutions. As 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
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM, 201-202

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


Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Plenary Session
Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 9:00 AM - 11:15 AM, 201-202

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, 11:00 AM - 12:15 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




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




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

The Economic Expert Roundtable brings together economic and industry experts from global ICT consulting firms, R&D entities,regional and international organizations to exchange views and analysis on the latest trends and issues related to the development of telecommunications/ICT infrastructure, focusing principally on economic and financial aspects. Discussions will explore how to ensure that the socio-economic growth and associated benefits of smart digital transformation reach as many people as possible, given that more than 50% of the global population remains unconnected. How should next-generation networks be funded, in particular in LDCs where the digital divide risks deepening into a chasm? Where should the focus lie on tackling the barriers of access, affordability and demand? How can the ancillary challenges of adequate power supplies and education be met? What public-private-partnerships or business models are most suitable to drive adoption in rural and remote regions? What government subsidies, incentives, taxation policies or other fiscal measures are most relevant to increasing connectivity, reducing the cost of access, fostering compelling content and rolling out relevant e-skills programs?


Thursday, September 28, 2017
Plenary Session
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 9:00 AM - 11:15 AM, 201-202

Digital literacy is a critical element of smart digital transformation. 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. As digital technologies expand across all areas of industry and society, the current shortage of ICT skills in the global workforce is growing, limiting access to existing and future roles in all sectors. 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. What approaches are successful to bridging the e-skills gap? How can digital literacy contribute to socio-economic inclusion? What form should digital skills training take – what should be taught, by whom and to whom? How can government and industry work together to increase capacity? AI may be responsible for massive changes in the current job market, but can it also be key to accelerating e-skills throughout the world?

 

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

 

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




Networking
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 4:30 PM - 5:45 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