The ITU visitors’ centre to be opened to the public this autumn has been given a name — ICT Discovery — thanks to a suggestion by 12-year-old Nethmi Karunajeewa. As the winner of a contest to name the new facility, on 17 May 2011 she was awarded the prize of an iPad2 by ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré. The contest was open to all ITU staff and their families. Nethmi’s mother, Nayani Karunajeewa, is a radiocommunication engineer at ITU.
Nethmi says her favourite subjects at school are English and drama, and her dream is to become a writer or a teacher. “I thought of the idea ICT Discovery because I like playing with words when I write poems, and I thought that this name was suitable because the ITU visitors’ centre would be a place where people could discover the wonders of information and communication technology,” Nethmi explained. “I feel really proud to have my idea chosen for something so important,” she added.
The new centre will illustrate the history of ICT and show how current and emerging technologies influence our lives. Focusing on the future, ICT Discovery will also highlight ITU’s important contributions and its commitment to connect the world. For more, see: http://www.itu.int/ict-e/index.html