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Global Youth Summit: BYND 2015

Crowdsourcing the Summit outcomes – initial tools announced

Geneva, 11 July, 2013 – The BYND2015 Global Youth Summit will mobilize youth to join forces and create solutions for social good, enabled through widespread access to information and communication technologies (ICTs). Young people are pioneering the use of new technologies, and driving trends in what is a dynamic and major growth industry. The good news is they are using ICTs, the challenge is to inspire use of ICTs in constructive and empowering ways. The BYND2015 Summit will bring young people together – online and offline – who are helping their world through technology, to inspire and challenge one another, and mobilize others to do the same.

A key attraction to the BYND2015 Summit is the innovative platform it provides for youth to speak to world leaders about their priorities for the ICT sector. A major outcome of the event will be developed around a short policy statement which captures the key issues and recommendations as identified by a worldwide community of young people. To help source these from a representative and diverse group, the summit will make use of several innovative crowd management and analytical tools which go live in beta version today.

ITU is working with Google, Crowdicity and Ripple to provide a seamless user experience for participants engaging with the BYND2015 Summit tools in a process spanning between 10 July and the September event. Overall community platform will happen through a Google+ community serving as the online location for attendees to connect and to create and share content in the run up to BYND2015 in September.

Specific challenges on the themes of the Summit will be explored on a Crowdicity platform, which facilitates advanced feedback which sees users polled on and critiquing others’ ideas through a series of phases until just before the event. To help measure the online conversation and ensure a truly global perspective across multiple platforms, Ripple will provide unique analytics and metrics on the key issues being discussed and top trending discussions across the entire web.    

BYND2015 Summit participants will thus be provided with live updates as well as real time analytics on the nature of the debate in the run-up, and will have the opportunity to drive a truly global discussion around the issues. This will be used as input to frame dialogue and workshops onsite, where additional brainstorming and polling will see a final set of priorities crowd-sourced and decided upon, and ultimately delivered to the United Nations General Assembly by the President of Costa Rica – Laura Chinchilla – in late September.


Crowdsourcing the BYND 2015 Summit outcomes


10 July – 11 September





The chance to speak to young people from around the world on what technology means in their day-to-day lives and how it will shape their future, and the opportunity to meet with special guest speakers and prominent ICT- and youth-oriented partner organizations.



An online community of young people mobilized through BYND 2015 Summit partners.

Media Information

For accreditation inquiries see below.


For more information, please visit www.itu.int/en/bynd2015 or contact:

Sanjay Acharya
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information, ITU
tel +41 22 730 5046
tel +41 79 249 4861
tel sanjay.acharya@itu.int 

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Soraya Abino Quintana
ITU Media Accreditation
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email pressreg@itu.int


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