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November at ITU Digital World 2021  brings international panel debates on the human side of AI development, tackling the ICT sector’s environmental impact and keeping up with cybersecurity as connectivity ramps up in the COVID-19 era.

Join Switzerland Global Enterprise to explore partnership potential from a world leader in digital innovation, and explore the ideal product to market fit for connectivity products in our final SME Masterclass. Catch cutting-edge SME solutions on ehealth and digital finance in live pitching sessions – and join us for the ITU Digital World 2021 Awards Ceremony, announcing this year’s winners and exploring SME growth on 01 December!

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Human at heart: privacy, transparency and accountability in AI
Wednesday 17 November, 13:30 – 14:45 (Geneva time) followed by informal networking

How can regulators ensure that customers are protected and innovation can flourish as digitalization accelerates? What are the biggest challenges in the pandemic era and how is the industry, including digital service providers, responding to user concerns and reacting to new regulatory approaches? Join our expert speakers:

David Kirkpatrick,
Editor-in-Chief, Techonomy Media

Zee Kin Yeong,
Assistant Chief Executive (Data Innovation & Protection Group), InfoComm Media Development Authority, Singapore 

Phaedra Boinodiris,
Executive Consultant, Trustworthy AI and Responsible systems, IBM

Dalith Steiger,
Co-Founder & Managing Director, SwissCognitive - The Global AI Hub

Iveta Lohovska,
Principal Data Scientist and AI Ambassador, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Wojciech Samek,
Head of Machine Learning Group, Fraunhofer HHI

Beyond chocolate: cutting edge digital solutions from Switzerland
Thursday 18 November, 08:30 – 09:45 (Geneva time)

From connectivity to cybersecurity, digital finance, smart cities, e-health, e-commerce and e-education, Swiss companies are working with the highest of standards at the cutting-edge of technology. Join us to find out more on high-growth solutions and partnership potential – and to explore exciting new developments from a world-leader in innovation.

Greening our own house: addressing the environmental footprint of digital technologies
Wednesday 24 November 13:30 – 15:00 (Geneva time) followed by informal networking

The ICT sector and digital technologies such as AI, IoT and robotics are increasingly important in enabling governments to tackle the challenges of climate change. But is the sector doing enough to reduce its own environmental footprint? From e-waste to carbon-neutral digital markets, the circular economy and sustainability targets, find out more with our expert speakers:

Máté Mester,
Managing Partner, Mspire

Eugenio Androvetto,
Villalobos Director, Directorate of Radiation Protection and Environmental Health, Ministerio de Salud, Costa Rica

Serge Conesa,
Founder & CEO, Immersion4 SA

Pernilla Bergmark,
Principal Researcher, ICT Sustainability Impacts, Ericsson

Marie-Noël Bruné Drisse,
Technical Officer, World Health Organization

Daisy Zhu,
VP of Wireless Marketing, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

Serge Abiteboul,
Member of the Board Autorité de Régulation des Communications électroniques et des Postes (ARCEP), France

Mansour AlQurashi,
Councillor, General Manager for International Affairs Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Saudi Arabia

Nevine Tewfik Loutfi,
Head of Research, Studies and Policies at the International Relations Division, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), Egypt

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2nd Joint ITU/WHO Workshop on Digital COVID-19 Certificates
Fri 26 Nov, 13:00-18:00 (Geneva time)

Explore how WHO’s Digital documentation of COVID-19 certificates: vaccination status: technical specifications and implementation guidance (DDCC:VS) can be leveraged, share best practices, raise awareness, identify standards and discuss guidelines on digital COVID-19 certificates.

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ITU Digital World SME Awards Pitching and Awards Ceremony

Join the shortlisted entrants for the ITU Digital World SME Awards in the final live pitching sessions, presenting their innovative solutions and ideas online to our expert jury. New ideas from the fields of eHealth on Tuesday 16 November and Digital Finance on Tuesday 23 November – with the winners announced in the grand ITU Digital World Awards Ceremony in the presence of the ITU Secretary-General on 1 December!

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SME Masterclass: Finding the perfect connectivity product to market fit for SMEs
Mon 29 Nov, 14:00-15:30 (Geneva time)

How can SMEs achieve the best product-to-market fit and create a compelling investment opportunity? Will the solution be technically and economically viable, and how can emerging technologies be blended to meet market needs? Real life cases, examples and inspiration in this expert-led masterclass, free and open to all.

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