ITU Telecom World Awards launches 2018 edition

Created April 6, 2018
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• ITU Telecom World Awards launches 2018 edition
• Competition seeks out most innovative tech solutions with global impact

The International Telecommunication Union, the United Nations’ specialised agency for information and communication technologies, has announced that it is now accepting entries for the ITU Telecom World Awards 2018. The awards are intended to recognize the most outstanding and innovative initiatives around the globe using ICTs for social good.

Entries can be submitted online until 3 August 2018. A distinguished jury of experts will select a shortlist of entrants who will pitch their solutions onsite at ITU Telecom World 2018. The winners will then be announced by ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao at a high-profile ceremony during ITU Telecom World 2018, taking place 10-13 September in Durban, South Africa.

The ITU Telecom World Awards initiative recognizes the innovative application of ICTs for social good created by entrepreneurs; small- and medium-sized enterprises, and large industry players alike. It also facilitates knowledge sharing of best practices, while providing a platform from which to network, mobilize investment, explore partnership potential and create new business opportunities.

Categories
1. Global Corporate Awards for the most promising innovative solutions with social impact within large companies.
2. Global SME Award for the most promising solutions from SMEs making innovative use of ICTs for social impact.
3. Host Country SME Award for the best and most innovative SME or solution from the Host Country.
4. Government Award for the National Pavilion at ITU Telecom Word 2018 with the most promising innovative SMEs.

“Previous ITU Telecom World Awards winners have represented the innovative application of ICTs in the areas of e-health, e-education, digital finance, and smart emerging technologies. Winners earn global recognition, helping them to expand and scale up their businesses, while improving livelihoods through their innovative use of technology,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.

“The network and connections you can build at ITU Telecom World are invaluable – from a business perspective, an investor perspective, and a networking perspective,” said Matthias Brodner of South Africa’s Simplus Innovation, winner of the 2017 Global SME Award for best business model.

ITU Telecom World 2018 takes place 10-13 September at the Durban International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa. Under the theme Innovation for a smarter world, it will combine an international tech exhibition, a forum for sharing knowledge, a networking hub for corporates, governments and SMEs, in addition to the influential ITU Telecom World Awards.

For more information on ITU Telecom World 2018 and the ITU Telecom World Awards, visit www.telecomworld.itu.int

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by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.