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Regulators take centre stage at ITU Digital World 2021, debating new approaches, models and regulations for a new era of digital technologies and innovative partnerships. Or join the discussions on digital skills and 5G models, explore sustainable entrepreneurship in the SME Masterclass - and catch the first of our SME Awards shortlisted finalists pitching live!

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Regulatory Roundtable – Ensuring participatory regulation for an equitable and safe digital future
Wednesday 27 October, 13:30 – 15:00 (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:

Chenda Thong,
Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia (TRC)

Tuaha Mote,
Chairman of the Mozambique Communications Regulatory Authority (INCM)

Ekaterine Imedadze,
Georgian National Communications Commission

Amir Algibreen,
VP Regulatory Affairs,
Saudi Telecom Company

Danielle Jacobs,
Chief Executive Officer,
Belgian Association of CIOs and digital technology leaders

Mieke De Regt,
Senior Advisor, International Relations Dept., BIPT – BEREC CN Chair 2021

Nicolás Silva Cortés,
Commissioner, Communications Regulatory Commission (CRC), Colombia

Maria Alexandra Velez,
Senior Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs,
SBA Communications

Christopher Calabrese,
Senior Director, Privacy and Data Policy,
Microsoft Corporation

Sofie Maddens,
Head of the Regulatory and Market Environment Division, BDT,
International Telecommunication Union

Upskilling us all: digital skills for a digital world
Friday 5 November, 13:30 – 14:45 (Geneva time) followed by informal networking

Digital access alone is meaningless without the skills and knowledge to take full advantage. How can we bring people fully online and equip citizens with 21st century skills to thrive in the digital world? And who should take the lead on delivering digital literacy training - public, private or civic sectors? Join our expert speakers:

Paul Conneally,
Head of Global Communications,

Christopher Patnoe,
Head of Accessibility and Disability Inclusion,
Google Inc.

Naria K. Santa Lucia,
General Manager of Digital Inclusion and US Community Engagement,
Microsoft Corporation

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful,
Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Ghana

Alfie Hamid,
Corporate Affairs Senior Manager for Global Partnerships,
Cisco Systems

Dorothy Gordon,
Chair, Information for all Programme,
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Valarie Waswa,
Program Director, Village Pillars Empowerment Project (VIPEP) and Digital Youth Envoy of Generation Connect Africa Youth Group

Shergaun Roserie,
Founder of Orbtronics and Digital Youth Envoy of Generation Connect Americas Youth Group

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The 10th GTI Spectrum and Technology Workshop
Thu 11 Nov, 13:00-15:00 (Geneva time)

Co-hosted by China Mobile, GTI and ITU, the debate will focus on efficient and reasonable use of 5G spectrum to promote a wide range of 5G applications in industry sectors. What are the current strategies and challenges of global B2B commercialization?

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ITU Digital World SME Awards Pitching sessions

Join the shortlisted entrants for the ITU Digital World 2021 SME Awards in the first live pitching sessions, presenting their innovative solutions and ideas online to our expert jury. New ideas on Connectivity to increase universal access (Tue 26 Oct), EdTech to expand educational programmes and digital training (Tue 2 Nov) and Smart cities, smart living to improve urban life in areas such as energy, transport and planning (Tue 9 Nov).

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SME Masterclass: Sustainable start-ups and SME-corporate collaboration
Thu 28 Oct, 15:00-16:30 (Geneva time)

How can start-ups and SMEs best collaborate with corporate partners for funding, access to markets and valuable skills transfer? And how can entrepreneurs ensure they make a profit without making the planet suffer? Real life cases, examples and inspiration in this expert-led masterclass, free and open to all.

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Networking online

Connect with speakers and fellow participants in an informal online networking session immediately after each Forum debate. Click on the link in the chat or in your session reminder mail, create your avatar and join the conversation – you can video chat on a one-to-one basis or in groups, visit ITU stands – and enjoy our 50th anniversary celebrations!

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