Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Do you have what it takes to be the Young Innovator?

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Do you have an idea that can change the world for better? An idea that can generate employment opportunities, an idea that can help bring about social change with the use of technology? If the answer to above questions is yes, then you have an opportunity to see your ideas transform into reality. InternationalTelecommunication Union (ITU) is looking for yet another young innovator through Young Innovators Competition 2013.

Young innovators between the age of 18 and 26 can send their ideas, concepts or startups between March 30th and June 30th 2013 to participate in the competition. Young Innovators Competition is an ITU Telecom initiative, the department of ITU responsible for organizing the annual ITU Telecom World events.

This year the competition focuses on the overall theme of ‘technological innovation driving social change’. The idea could be a start-up already but in need of funding to implement the next stage or it could be a concept worked out on paper but in need of support to make it real. The ideas and startups submitted in the competition must be able to present solutions to six global challenges

o   Improve employment opportunities for young people and  migrant workers
o    Reduce food and water wastage at individual and retail level
o    Improve access to ICTs for marginalized groups such as the elderly and women
o   Improve natural disaster prediction and response
o    Improve road safety for both drivers and pedestrians
o    Protect sensitive personal data held by institutions and inspire the creation of local digital content

The ten finalists of the competition will be awarded USD 5,000 for the concept and USD 10,000 to bring to scale winning start-ups and will be invited to the ITU Telecom World 2013 to be held in Bangkok from November 19th to 22 where they will be mentored by high level industry representatives. They will also participate in various workshops and training sessions and meet and work with leading people from the ICT world.

To apply for the competition please visit http://world2013.itu.int/event/innovation/. To spread the news about its events and help people participate in them, ITU also appoints its ambassadors in various countries across the world. Pankaj Chhetri is an ITU ambassador in Nepal working to popularize ITU Telecom YoungInnovators Competition by posting or blogging about it and reaching out to various groups of young men and women via personal contact or organized gatherings. Mr. Chettri can be contacted at pchhetri@equalaccess.org for information or any kind of assistance regarding the competition. To get  further information about the competition SMS ITU to 5001.

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