Generation Connect Global Youth Summit 2022

The Generation Connect Global Youth Summit will be held on 2 – 4 June 2022, at the Intare Conference Arena, in Kigali, Rwanda. It will be in a hybrid format, with physical participation, as well as virtual youth engagement.

Are you a young person aged 18-29? Are you interested in being a change maker in the power of technology?

Be part of the Youth Summit and do not miss this opportunity. The Summit will bring together young leaders, entrepreneurs, social change-makers, engineers, policy specialists, students, and others. Business leaders, influential decision makers, and community advocates will also join the event.

The Summit will address the digital divide and related topics, including digital skills, gender, climate change, online safety, the future of work, entrepreneurship, digital dependencies, and more. A “Call to Action” document will be issued and promoted widely in front of world leaders.

If you are aged 15-17 and you cannot attend in person but still want to make a difference, please join us remotely.

Participate at the Summit:


For general resources and information to participate in the Generation Connect Global Youth Summit 2022, click here.

Please use the hashtag #GenerationConnect on all digital platforms.

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Join the HackingDigitalSkills4Jobs Hackathon at the Youth Summit in Kigali!

Are you passionate about innovation for positive impact? Are you attending the Generation Connect Global Youth Summit in person?

Then apply now and join the HackingDigitalSkills4Jobs hackathon! In a team, you will be working towards ideating a solution to help tackle the digital capacity challenges faced by young people when preparing for future employment. At the summit, you will learn, hack, and show your solutions to youth from all over the world!

The members of the winning team[1]  will receive:

  • Passes to attend one flagship global event organized by ITU or partners[2];
  • Economy-class air tickets for this selected global event;
  • Daily Subsistence Allowance for team members for the duration of the selected event to cover accommodation, food, and other related costs;
  • Microsoft products

Moreover, the runner-up and finalists will receive prizes from other partners such as IBM, Alibaba, and GitHub.

[1] ITU and iCodi will cover the travel and accommodation costs of the three winners to a flagship global event organized by ITU or partners during 2022/2023. 

[2] ITU and iCodi will confirm in due time the selected event the Generation Connect Global Youth Summit Hackathon winners will attend between 2022/2023.

Organize a Hub to be part of the Summit!

Deadline extended until 23 May!

We invite universities, research centres, tech hubs, schools and other relevant organizations stakeholders to organize activities around the world aligned with the objectives of the Summit and become an official Hub for the Summit.Participants from hubs will be able to contribute to the outcome of the Summit by connecting live to the event, organize their own sessions and sharing the outcomes of their activities with youth all over the world.

Click here to find out more.

If you are interested, please let us know by completing this form.

Call to Action: "Our digital future"

The outcomes of the Generation Connect Youth Summit will form part of a Call to Action: a series of recommendations to enhance youth engagement in building an inclusive, sustainable digital future for all through participation in government digital strategies, ITU and the wider UN system.

A Global Online Consultation in April and May 2022 brought together students, young professionals, digital entrepreneurs and youth networks from around the world to co-create the draft Call to Action. Join us at the Summit online or in person in Kigali to shape the final document – and contribute to developing a digital future for everyone, everywhere.

A Summit co-designed with youth!

The Youth Summit was co-designed with young people from ITU’s Generation Connect Youth network, including students with a passion for digital solutions, social change-makers, young entrepreneurs, promising young engineers and policy specialists from government, business and universities.

Aims of the Generation Connect Global Youth Summit 2022

  • Provide an opportunity for meaningful youth engagement, consultation, collaboration, empowerment, participation and calls for action
  • Create open and honest discussions where young people can share the positive and negative impacts of technology in their lives
  • Encourage the participation of young women, young people with disabilities, young indigenous people and young people who are not yet connected or empowered through technology
  • Implement the ITU Youth Strategy and align with the vision and objectives of the United Nations Youth Strategy: Youth 2030 – working with and for young people