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I-CoDI Youth Challenge

​​​As part of the design phase for the ITU International Centre of Digital Innovation (I-CoDI), a virtual challenge use case focused on Youth in support of the ITU youth strategy [Gener​ation Connect]. During the I-CoDI Youth Challenge week on 16-21 November 2020, 7 hybrid teams of internal ITU staff and external youth experts came together across 10+ time-zones to develop solutions to the challenge question:  ‘How can the ITU communicate effectively with and for youth?‘ 

While the teams worked flexibly on their ideas, ITU supported them with brainstorming and storytelling tools, as well as personal feedback and mentor sessions. The teams were encouraged to experiment and co-create innovative solutions in line with the I-CoDI Youth Challenge Design Brief. For the final pitches, the teams presented their ideas to a jury representing the Directors of the three ITU bureaus. The top ideas were chosen to be shared at TDAG 2020 and WTDC 2021 and the winning solution will be further developed, funded and implemented by the ITU in 2021.​​


​Meet the Winning T​eams​


​1st – Youth Unplugged Challenge

The winners were ‘Team Scrum‘ for their idea of  an annual global ​video-pitch competition inviting young people to propose country-level or regional-level initiatives to address the ITU Key Areas of Action.

Team: Samuel Curtis, Rosie McDonald, Janati Nakimera, Wondmagegn Mengistu, Carla Licciardello and Adel Darwish 


2nd – ​Connected Youth Ambassadors​

​​The runners up were ‘Next Generation‘ for their idea to create a community of young people from all over the world sharing ​ITU knowledge wit​h their peers and engaging in ITU's work.​

Team: Samantha O'Riordan, Christelle Dernon, Henry Mkare, Regina Valiullina and Ahmed Riad


3rd – ​Train-the-Trainers Program​


The second runners were ‘The Wave to the Future‘ for their innovative idea to train aspiring and influential youths to  communicate  technology in an empathetic, humane and creative way to their communities.​​​

Team: Birke Laubinge​​r, Blenda Goncalves Da Silva, Joyce Danso and Sean Doral​​





​I-CoDI Youth Challenge Opening Ceremony, 16 November 2020