Deadline: 30 June 2013
Open to: young people from member states of the International Telecommunication Union (see list HERE) between the ages of 18 and 26 with an original solution to one of the six Global Challenges
Prize: USD 10,000 seed money to implement and bring to scale winning start-ups and an invitation to ITU Telecom World 2013 in Bangkok
The Young Innovators Competition seeks to foster innovative ideas amongst the next generation of social entrepreneurs working to change the world through technology. It is open to any young person between the ages of 18 and 26 with an original solution to one of the six Global Challenges.
The ten finalists selected by a committee of experts will win:
- Up to USD 10,000 in seed money to implement and bring to scale winning start-ups; up to 5,000 USD for winning concepts
- An invitation to attend ITU Telecom World 2013 in Bangkok
- Mentoring from high-level industry representatives both in Bangkok and for the following year
- Hands-on workshop training in entrepreneurial skills
- Opportunities to meet and network with leading ICT players
- Showcasing platform at our dedicated pavilion on the showfloor
Your submission must address one of the six Global Challenges:
- Improve employment opportunities for young people and migrant workers: High rates of youth unemployment are becoming a social emergency. Many young people seek better opportunities abroad, but migrant works are often vulnerable to fraud, inadequate social protection, difficulties in transferring funds or finding work upon their return. How can ICTs be used to improve youth employment prospects and empower and protect young migrant workers? This challenge is organized in partnership with the International Labour Organization.
- Reduce food and water wastage at individual and retail level: Almost a third of all food produced in the world is lost or wasted in current systems of food production and consumption. This is often due to retailers or individuals discarding food that is fit for consumption, despite expiration date management or improved production processes. How can we use ICTs to reduce the amount of food wasted? This challenge is organized in partnership with FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and YPARD – Young Professionals’ Platform for Agricultural Research for Development.
- Facilitate access to public services for the elderly: Senior people utilize online services less frequently than other groups of population. Addressing elderly people’s concerns about using these services, as well as improving thSenior people utilize online services less frequently than other groups of population. Addressing elderly people’s concerns about using these services, as well as improving the efficiency and decreasing cost of provision of these would allow greater political participation and enhance governments’ transparency and accountability. How can connected technology enhance the access to and the delivery of public services for the elderly?
- Improve natural disaster prediction and response: Predicting natural disasters before they strike is vital to ensure correct preparations and an adequate response. First responders, those arriving first at the scene of disaster, often rely on outdated and inefficient radio equipment to communicate. How can we use connected technologies to improve current prediction systems and create user-friendly communication systems for first responders?
- Improve road safety for both drivers and pedestrians: Around 1.3 million people die each year on the world’s roads and millions sustain non-fatal injuries, particularly young people. Technology has focused on innovation within the automotive sector – it now needs to drive the road safety debate. How can we use technology to make the roads safer for both drivers and pedestrians?
- Protect sensitive personal data and inspire the creation of local digital content: We have created vast amounts of digital content, including cultural, educational, scientific and administrative resources, as well as technical, legal, and medical information. It is all vulnerable to loss or misuse, and must be preserved and protected. Creating digital content drives the economy, but digital devices unequipped for local content (especially in non-Latin scripts) are holding back local development and infrastructure. How can we use technology to safeguard existing personal data and other forms of digital content without compromising on its availability? How can ICTs inspire the creation of local digital content and bridge the content divide between cultures?
For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions HERE.
The challenge is open to any young person between the ages of 18 and 26 with an original solution to one of the six Global Challenges. The Competition is open to individuals from member states of the International Telecommunication Union (see list HERE).
Deadline for applications: June 30th, 2013 at 24:00 GMT+2. Just fill in the application form AVAILABLE HERE and send it to [email protected] with “2013 Young Innovators Competition” in the subject line.