WSIS Innovation Track

Accelerating Digital Transformation, Building Vibrant ICT-Centric Innovation Systems

The vital role of ICTs as a catalyst for development is acknowledged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, stating “the spread of information and communications technology and global interconnectedness has great potential to accelerate human progress, to bridge the digital divide and develop knowledge societies.”

Innovation has been recognized as a powerful engine for development to address social and economic challenges and steer global concerns for policy makers and citizens alike. Innovation is also essential to accelerating digital transformation and fosters the sustainable growth for the digital economy. BDT Innovation service supports ITU memberships to foster digital transformation through ICT entrepreneurship and increased ICT innovation in the ICT ecosystem, while encouraging empowerment of grassroots key stakeholders and creating new opportunities for them in the telecommunication/ICT sector. This also includes building a culture of innovation in the ITU membership to foster ICT entrepreneurship, ICT SMEs, startups creation and scale-up. The ITU Office for Europe is specifically tasked such needs through the Regional Initiative for Europe on ICT-Centric Innovation Ecosystems defined at WTDC-17.

This year’s Innovation track@WSIS Forum will provide a unique opportunity for high-level dialogue, cooperation and partnerships among telecommunication/ICT policy-makers, regulators, industry, academia, regional and international development agencies and organizations on specific actions undertaken at the regional level strengthening the impact of the ICTs on the sustainable development. A primary outcome of the Innovation track@ WSIS Forum are three session report that will be capture future steps in accelerating Digital Transformation from 3 perspectives:

  • Good Practices
  • Innovation Ecosystems Implementation tools
  • Funding Policy for high impact sustainable flagship projects

All presentations of the Innovation Track now accessible via our dedicated Innovation@WSIS site.