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Meet the two winners Chin Yung Lu from Hong Kong SAR, People's Republic of China, and Lucy Yu from the United Kingdom:


My name is Chin Yung Lu and I am a winner of the ITU Young Minds Competition 2006.

My background is a bit confusing as my family has moved around a lot. We moved to Hong Kong when I was 11 and I lived there for 4 years before moving to Singapore, where I studied in Raffles Junior College and completed GCE A levels.

After receiving a merit scholarship, I went to the International University Bremen (IUB) in Germany, for my undergraduate study. I graduated from IUB in June 2005, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Then, I decided to go to The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) for postgraduate study.

Recently in June, I graduated from HKUST with a Master of Science degree in Telecommunications. During the period of my postgraduate study, Dr. Tim Kelly, the Head of the Strategy and Policy Unit (SPU) of ITU, gave a talk in HKUST on Internet Governance. I found it very interesting and went to the website to read more about the SPU and discovered the Young Minds in Telecom Competition. Voice over IP and related issues are the topics I have been working on since I was still an undergraduate student, so I picked it as my competition essay title. I am honored to be selected as a winner and given an opportunity to work in ITU for the coming 3 months.  - Chin Yung Lu, July 2006

Read more about Chin Yung Lu's internship experience!

Chin Yung Lu's essay:
Key opportunities and threats raised by the growing use of Services over IP such as VoIP and IP-TV can be viewed here.


I am Lucy Yu, one of the 2006 ITU ‘Young Minds’.

I am a graduate of Imperial College London, where I studied Chemistry and specialised in molecular electronics and electrowetting, electroactuation and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS).

After graduating, I joined the UK government’s ‘Fast Stream’ programme, and have spent the last year working on science and technology policy for one of the government’s Chief Scientific Advisers. This included policy on technologies such as RFID and wireless sensor networks.

I applied for the Young Minds programme as it presented an ideal opportunity to gain a greater insight into strategy and policy formulation in a large intergovernmental organisation, and valuable experience of working on a substantial, challenging and intellectually stimulating piece of work. I chose to analyse the relationship between the interests of end users in the information society and how these could be balanced with the interests of business. Coming from a policy background, much of my day to day work is concerned with delivering results whilst finding innovative ways to balance the interests of many different stakeholders – therefore, this topic was of particular interest to me.  -Lucy Yu, July 2006

Read more about Lucy Yu's internship experience!


Lucy Yu's essay: How can the interests of end users in the information society be balanced with the interests of business, in the UK? can be viewed here.

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