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ITU’s 150th anniversary celebrations in full swing

ITU150 poster competition: deadline 1 May

Geneva, 15 April 2015 – This year ITU celebrates 150 years of excellence in connecting the world to the benefits of telecommunications and information and communication technologies.

ITU has developed a series of activities to promote this landmark 150th anniversary.

The ITU150 poster competition is open for applications, with the deadline set for 1 May 2015. The competition is in three categories: 5-7 years; 8-11 years; and 12-16 years.

We are delighted to launch ITU’s historical timeline, which recounts a well-researched history of telecommunications starting in 1772 with the Semaphore system – the first ‘telegraph’, progressing through key moments in world history intertwined with ITU’s own historic development and contributions to global communications. Six ‘nuggets of information’ are attached to each key milestone, providing insights into this fascinating history.

The new ITU 150th Anniversary smartphone App includes an interactive quiz on the history, development and structure of ITU as well as access to ITU’s historic timeline, monthly feature stories, ITU150 news, international events and connection to the worldwide #ITU150 community. The ‘ITU 150th Anniversary App’ is available on iTunes, Windows and Google Play stores.

On 17 May, a special ceremony will take place in Geneva to commemorate the founding of ITU with the signing of the International Telegraph Convention in 1865. The event will include the ITU 150 Awards ceremony, high-level speeches and talks, technical and innovation demonstrations, and a special video showcasing the innovative use of ICTs around the world. Register to attend this special celebratory event here.

Each month, ITU tells a personal story to highlight the monthly theme showcasing the positive impact of ICTs and how they are transforming lives around the world. For February’s theme ‘Youth and Innovation’, Fatoumata Kebe, winner of the ITU Telecom World 2014 Young Innovator Competition, told us how she is using the power of the Internet of Things (IoT) to deploy smart irrigation solutions to address the looming food crisis and empower women in Mali. For the theme in March, ‘Innovation and Intelligent Transport Systems’, James Fu introduced us to the driverless car that he and researchers at the Singapore-MIT Alliance have developed. In April, Alja Isakovic explained how she is helping to engage women in ICTs through coding for the theme ‘Girls and Women and Innovation’.

A series of Google Hangouts provides a forum to express opinions related to the monthly themes. ITU Telecom asked a panel of entrepreneurs about best practices for growing a start-up for February’s theme ‘Youth and Innovation’. April’s panel for ‘Girls and Women and Innovation’ will discuss methods to promote and enable female innovation in technology. You can follow the hangout live at 16.00 CET on Friday 17 April 2015.

ITU Members can sign a Golden Book, send in their birthday greetings by video and follow the ITU150 community at http://itu150.org/itu150-community. Members can also submit activities related to the ITU 150th anniversary at http://itu150.org/worldwide-events/.

Many ITU Members have come forth to lend their support to the 150th anniversary celebrations and will be recognized during the events planned throughout the year:

Gold partners: Ministry of Communications and High Technologies from Republic of Azerbaijan, Communications and Information Technology Commission from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) from United Arab Emirates.

Silver partners:  The Telecommunications / ICT Regulatory Body of Côte d'Ivoire (ARTCI), Ministry of Communications from Ghana and Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) from Republic of Zimbabwe.

Bronze partners: Inmarsat Global Limited; Close Joint-Stock Company National Radio Technical Bureau; Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, OJSC Rostelecom; Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co KG; Telecommunications Regulatory Agency from Central African Republic and NTT Group.

In order to join ITU as a partner, please contact itu150@itu.int.

Tag all your activities with #ITU150 and join the Community buzz at http://itu150.org/itu150-community

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For more information, please see http://itu150.org/ or contact:

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

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