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
WTPF 2009 in Lisbon, Portugal (21-24
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).
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
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
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
You are between 18 and 26 and have interesting,
exciting and novel ideas about the future of ICTs and
how they should develop.
Videos have to be original work and not violate
others’ intellectual property rights. Video content must
not be illegal or offensive in nature.
Submissions may be in any of the ITU’s official 6
languages: English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French and
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Contest is open now and final entries are to be
submitted no later than Tuesday, March 31st.
Winners will be notified as soon as possible after
the close of the contest (note: only winners will be
Outside of the above mentioned items, YouTube’s
general terms and conditions apply.