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ITU Telecom World 2019 to explore “Innovating together: connectivity that matters”

Media registration now open for leading UN international tech event in Budapest, Hungary




Geneva, 26 June 2019

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​Decision-makers from across the tech industry and from governments across the globe will come together from 9-12 September at Hungexpo, Budapest, Hungary to exhibit, debate, network and reward innovation at ITU Telecom World 2019, the leading United Nations global technology event for governments, corporates and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Key highlights include:

  • Forum sessions will provide international perspectives and expert opinions on topics spanning Digital integrity: values and principles of the digital future; Future skills for a future world: reforming education systems to evolve with technology; 5G testbeds: laying the groundwork for smart cities; The network operator of 2025; Driving diversity by design: mitigating gender bias in AI; Regulatory dialogue: spectrum challenges ahead of WRC-19, amongst a host of others (see full programme).​

  • Influential speakers: Under the theme “Innovating together: connectivity that matters," the Forum will convene expert speakers including Lise Fuhr, Director General, ETNO; Francis Gurry, Director General, WIPO; Jeremy Godfrey –Chair of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC 2019); Elisabeth Medou, Senior VP, Africa and Indian Ocean, Orange; Daniel Pataki, Vice President, Policy and Regulation, GSMA; Marc Vancoppenolle, Global Head of Government Relations, Nokia and many more (see speaker line-up).

  • A global exhibition of cutting-edge tech solutions comprising countries, regions, top tech brands and high-growth tech SMEs. Look out for showcases spanning AI in action to live 5G demos plus innovation, talent and investment opportunities from around the world.

  • The ITU Telecom World Awards programme, which seeks out and rewards innovative tech solutions with real social impact from SMEs and large companies alike, culminating in the winners' announcement on the last day of the event. A special SME programme of masterclasses, mentorship, pitching and networking also aims to support and foster SME business growth.

  • The event acts as a high-level networking hub, including a business matchmaking service for corporates, governments and SMEs, social events and the event app.

  • On the final day of the event will be “Internet Generation Day" —​ a programme of interactive workshops, demos, competitions and more, especially designed for university students, young entrepreneurs and innovators from Hungary and the region. Carefully curated by Hungary's leading incubators, accelerators, academia and innovation hubs, the programme is open to all. Topics to be explored will include robotics, artificial intelligence, blockchain and fintech.

WHAT: Media registration is now OPEN for ITU Telecom World 2019​.​This annual event is organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). This year's event is hosted by the Government of Hungary.

WHEN:  9-12 September 2019.

WHERE: Hungexpo, Budapest, Hungary.

WHY: Technology can achieve results at a scale, speed, quality, accuracy and cost not imaginable just a decade ago. They are means to deliver quality goods and services in the areas of health care, education, finance, commerce, governance and agriculture, among others. They can help to reduce poverty and hunger, boost health, create new jobs, mitigate climate change, improve energy efficiency and make cities and communities sustainable. 

At ITU Telecom World, media will discover tech innovations, solutions and opportunities from around the world, hear from top decision-makers on the need for international collaboration to ensure digital technologies transform lives positively everywhere and meet those being recognized for their innovation at the ITU Telecom World Awards.

WHO: International audience comprising C-level industry executives, government leaders, ministers and regulators of ICT and related sectors (finance, transport and health), digital visionaries, global media, consultants, academia and the flourishing small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) community from across both developed and emerging markets.

Please note the Event Opening Press Conference takes place on 09 September at 13:30-14:​15 at Hungexpo, Budapest, Hungary.​​

The excitement is already building on social media! Discover what others are saying and join the conversation by searching for the hashtag #ITUworld. ​