Young people are pioneering the use of information-communication-technology (ICT), and driving trends in what is a dynamic and major growth industry. The good news is they are using ICT; the challenge is to inspire them to use it in constructive and empowering ways. To bring together young people who are leading this process, to inspire and challenge one another, and mobilize others to do the same, BYND2015 Global Youth Summit is being organized by International Telecommunication Union (ITU) from 9-11 September 2013 in San Jose, Costa Rica. This Summit will assemble young leaders onsite and online from all corners of the globe with a view to highlighting their priorities and capturing their combined voice in crucial national and international policy/decision making processes.
World leaders are currently setting development goals and priorities that will drive policy making for the next generation. Beyond 2015 refers broadly to the UN and civil society mechanisms that will establish sustainable development frameworks for a post MDG world. The deadline is 2015. The BYND summit will target this process in highlighting the power of ICTs for development.
In context of Nepal, youth are quite familiar with the use of ICT but we lack the platform to raise our voice and incorporate our visions for development. Acknowledging the lack of youth involvement in such processes we have initiated BYND2015 Nepal Hub to bridge the vision of young people and decision of world leaders.
As a part of crowdsourcing ideas, BYND2015 Nepal Hub in collaboration with BTND2015-ITU, Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal and HIST, is organizing a blogging competition entitled “ICT for Development and Future Generations: An Idea to Global Leaders” on various themes listed below:
- Entrepreneurship, employment and innovation
- Climate change and sustainability
- Child online protection and cyber security
- Lifestyle and Health
- Good governance and Post-2015
Guidelines for Blogging Competition
- The blog should be about the ideas focusing on the solution that ICT can provide regarding certain issues on one or more than one of the themes listed above.
- The blog should address the following questions:
- How can ICT help to change the world?
- How can we implement our ideas?
- What’s holding us back?
- Does the idea address a key issue faced by the ICT4D community?
- Is it forward looking? Does it propose solutions?
- How does the idea impact social, economic or environmental development?
- How inspired and original is the idea?
- Young people from Nepal of age 14 to 29 can apply for the competition.
- The ideas should be in between 400-1000 words and the theme should be clearly mentioned along with the title.
- The best idea of this competition will get an Android Tablet sponsored by ITU.
- The best blogger will get a free server space provided by Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal.
- All the participants of this competition will get certificate plus a free one day blogging training from Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal.
How to submit?
The participants should send the link of their blog or write a blog in MS WORD and send to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information.
- Subject: “BYND2015-Blogging Competition 2013”
- Full Name
- Date of Birth
- Contact number
- Alternative email id (if any)
Submission Deadline: Extended to 5 September 2013
So, if you have an idea how technology can change your world for better future, this is your chance to play a role in setting the next generation of international ICT policy, by helping us send a message to world leaders on the future global development agenda.
One of the main outcomes of the BYND2015 Global Youth Summit is a short policy statement which encapsulates the key issues and recommendations as identified by a worldwide youth community. This is to be presented by President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica to the United Nations General Assembly in September 2013.