International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is set to reward and encourage youth innovation through organizing a global competition for young innovators with technical ideas about creating a social enterprise. Jidaw has been contacted to help spread the word about the competition within its networks. According to the request, “We would like to have a maximum number of motivated young Nigerians apply”.
ITU Young Innovators Competition is now open for applications – the hunt is for young people ( aged between 18 and 26) with inspirational ICT-based solutions to developmental challenges. ITU states that “Ten winning finalists will be selected to attend ITU Telecom World 2013 in Bangkok, taking part in workshops, pitching sessions, mentoring and networking, plus receiving seed funding of up to USD 10,000 per project”. Such young and talented social technopreneurs will have the opportunity to present their ideas to industry leaders on a global stage. Winning entries offered up to USD 10,000 in funding and showcase at ITU Telecom World 2013. This happened to be the third edition of its annual Young Innovators’ Competition
So the question is this: are you are youth innovator? Is your idea/project already a start-up in need of funding and support, or is your idea still on paper, with a need for resources to make it a reality?
Innovative ICT driven solutions are needed to address global challenges. Youth innovation is the future – the world needs the energy, ideas and strengths of young people to create a better future. If you want youth innovation to grow, you must reward and support youth innovation. The ITU innovation competition is a unique initiative that promotes and encourages young men and women involved in technology, doing innovative work.
Innovative solutions must be able to make meaningful impact on the world and improve people’s lives by using connected technologies (ICTs) to address one of ITU’s Six Grand Challenges:
1. Improve employment opportunities for young people and migrant workers
2. Reduce food and water wastage at individual and retail level
3. Facilitate access to public services for the elderly
4. Improve natural disaster prediction and response
5. Improve road safety for both drivers and pedestrians
6. Protect sensitive personal data and inspire the creation of local digital content
Youth innovator, do you have a pragmatic, market-oriented solution in the form of start-up or concept? Deadline for applications: June 30th, 2013 at 24:00 GMT+2
Join ITU in promoting youth innovation and creativity to address the serious challenges that affect our daily lives and threaten the future.
HAVE YOUR SAY: What role can youth innovation play in development? Will you be taking part in the competition? Please share your comments, thoughts and opinions.
Innovation and Development Advisor, ICT at Jidaw
ICT Development Advisory Support and Consulting