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In the context of our efforts to better engage Youth, and the Generation Connect initiative​, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has the pleasure to announce Youth4Cyber, an initiative that aims at developing a global network of student-led associations that provide young people with awareness, knowledge and soft skills for cybersecurity. 

The project aims to introduce and expose young people to the cybersecurity field, engage them to better understand the implications of it and ultimately encourage them to take on the cybersecurity challenges of tomorrow.  
Youth4Cyber also aims to create a network of young people sharing experiences and provide them with a centralized platform of different opportunities related to the cybersecurity field.
The main goal of the project is to guide youth in their cybersecurity professional journey by creating a global network of students and young people as active agents, equip them to understand and be passionate about cybersecurity challenges across disciplines, while allowing them to have fun, learn and contribute with knowledge and ideas, ultimately making them ready to be valuable additions to the leadership of tomorrow. The target audience are youth between the age of 18-26 of secondary and university students.


Students are invited to submit contributions for innovative projects under the topic of “the future of cybersecurity”.  Sub-topic suggestions can be found in the Call for Contributions document below.
A high-level committee composed by ITU experts, industry and academia representatives will select the best contributions which will be collected as an online publication advertised on the ITU Youth4Cyber webpage.​

  • The top 10 authors will be invited to present their work during an online award ceremony on International Youth day (12 August 2021), which will bring together the ITU Member States and other stakeholders.
  • The authors of the three (3) best contributions will be invited to the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-21) Youth Summit in Addis Ababa during November 2021. 
  • The winner of the contest, selected during the Youth Summit, will be offered an exclusive paid researching experience at ITU with the cybersecurity division of the Development Sector.



All contributions should be submitted using the Template and attaching the CV and a scanned copy of the ID of each of the authors in a single PDF format via email to by 31 May 2021


15 June 2021: Submission deadline
20 July 2021: Communication selected contributions
12 August 2021 (International Youth Day): Publication, webinar and communication of awarded contributions