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Video contest: The future of ICTs


Winners in alphabetical order (by last name):

  • Zhassoulan Bayekeyev, Kazakhstan
  • Carlos Andrés GOMEZ RUIZ, Colombia
  • Samuel Hector MORGAN, Jamaica
  • Eunice Lionnelle SANA-ANIAMBOSSOU, Benin
  • William Benjamin TOWNE, United States





  • If you’ve got something to say on the future of ICTs, we give you a platform on which to say it.
  • If you are between 18 and 26, Send a video response1 to our “Future of ICTs Challenge” before 31 March 2009 and win a chance to actually help shape this future at WTPF 2009 in Lisbon, Portugal (21-24 April).
1 Entries will be screened before being posted. All accepted entries will be open for public viewing. Once uploaded, all entries are to be considered property of ITU. All entries must be in the form of a video, but content and style is completely up to you. The maximum permitted length is 10 minutes. To submit, it is necessary to have created a YouTube account (it’s free).

The Challenge

  • Share with us your vision on the future of information & communication technologies. Be concrete. Be creative. Be bold.

  • Make sure you address what we should be doing to actually make it happen: in terms of technical development, financing, Internet governance, international cooperation, security, policy issues, whatever!

  • The best & brightest will be invited to join us – and leaders from around the world – in Lisbon, Portugal and attend the discussions about the future of ICTs.

What are ICTs?

  • The phrase “Information and Communication Technologies” (ICT) is an umbrella term which covers all technologies that support the exchange of communication, whether in text, pictures, audio and video, etc.

What is ITU?

  • ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technology issues, and the global focal point for governments and the private sector in developing networks and services. For nearly 145 years, ITU has coordinated the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promoted international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, worked to improve telecommunication infrastructure in the developing world, established the worldwide standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communications systems and addressed the global challenges of our times, such as mitigating climate change and strengthening cybersecurity.

  • ITU also organizes worldwide and regional exhibitions and forums, such as ITU TELECOM WORLD, bringing together the most influential representatives of government and the telecommunications and ICT industry to exchange ideas, knowledge and technology for the benefit of the global community, and in particular the developing world.

  • From broadband Internet to latest-generation wireless technologies, from aeronautical and maritime navigation to radio astronomy and satellite-based meteorology, from convergence in fixed-mobile phone, Internet access, data, voice and TV broadcasting to next-generation networks, ITU is committed to connecting the world.




  1. You are between 18 and 26 and have interesting, exciting and novel ideas about the future of ICTs and how they should develop.
  2. Videos have to be original work and not violate others’ intellectual property rights. Video content must not be illegal or offensive in nature.
  3. Submissions may be in any of the ITU’s official 6 languages: English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French and Russian.
  4. Submitting a video that has been worked on by a group of people is permissible, but the travel and accommodation costs of only 1 person per winning entry will be covered.
  5. Winning entries will be selected by a panel of judges picked by ITU. Their decision is final and ITU reserves the right to select as many or as few winning entries as it deems appropriate.
  6. ITU reserves the right to reject entries that are not appropriate for an international, professional audience, or which are not in keeping with the spirit of this contest.
  7. All accepted entries will be published online and have the possibility of being screened at one or more of our international events, with winning entries being given special attention.
  8. You will receive full credit for your work, but by submitting your work to this contest, you grant ITU copyright. Whenever possible, we will show your work in full, but we reserve the right to shorten your work for (selective) presentation purposes.
  9. Contest is open now and final entries are to be submitted no later than Tuesday, March 31st.
  10. Winners will be notified as soon as possible after the close of the contest (note: only winners will be notified).
  11. Outside of the above mentioned items, YouTube’s general terms and conditions apply.




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