#GirlsinICT Day , 24 April 2014: Training for Visually Impaired Young Girls on Social Media Networking and Blogging

The emerging technology has made the world smaller day by day, yet some population of the world is still far apart of the knowledge where the world is leading in coming future. Though we all have access to technology, we are not aware on the upcoming opportunities on ICT. Our world is bounded and limited within few inches of the technology like laptops, computers, iPhones, Tablets, Mobiles, etc. But we never knew the world behind them, because we still lack the platforms for information sharing and learning opportunities. In the competitive world, where we talk about gender equality, women’s empowerment, employment and decent work for all, there is yet to go miles to fill the gaps as of now, we need implementation on the solutions more than documentation of the issues. While talking about ICT, it has changes lives of entire world, yet depending fully on ICT, there is still a big gap between able and differently able people. There is a need of opportunity and information sharing which seems possible due to the applications of ICT. ICT plays a major role to enhance the lifestyles of such differently able people and provide them a platform to create opportunity for themselves.

On the occasion of Girls in ICT Day 2014, 24 April, BYND2015 Nepal Hub will be launching a training program for visually impaired young girls on social media networking and blogging.

International Girls in ICT Day is an opportunity for girls and young women to see and experience technology in a whole new light. It is also an initiative backed by ITU Member States in Plenipotentiary Resolution 70 (Guadalajara, 2010) to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies (ICTs). International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of April every year. International Girls in ICT day will be observed on 24 April 2014. For more information CLICK HERE >>> Girls in ICT

 

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#ITUWORLD Young Innovators Competition 2014

An integral part of ITU Telecom World events since 2011, the Young Innovators Programme works with innovative young people from all over the world who are using technology to transform their communities and their social reality. Each year, the Young Innovators Competition invites talented, technologically-minded young people to compete for one of the prestigious places in the programme. This year, ITU Telecom and the competition sponsors will launch a range of challenges for young innovators to solve in the months leading up to ITU Telecom World 2014 this December.

This year we will be doing things a bit differently. First, the Competition will be hosted at ideas.itu.int which will allow you to see, vote and comment on entries. It will give us a place to keep you up to date on the progress of the challenges and all the news related to the competition.

Second, this year, instead of launching all of our challenges at once, we will be bringing you a series of challenges one after another, leading up to ITU Telecom World 2014 in Doha this December 7-10. As always, the top participants will be brought to Telecom World for an accelerator programme of pitching, hands-on workshops and mentoring – plus up to USD 10 000 in funding. Each challenge will have a different theme and focus, and some might even include some surprises.

For our first challenge, we are teaming up with Ooredoo to look for bright sparks with big ideas on local digital content. We’re looking for the most promising tech start-ups aimed at inspiring the creation, aggregation or digitization of local content, particularly in non-Latin scripts. This may involve local script content, or resolving the technical challenges of digitizing non-Latin scripts through innovative technologies, or fresh uses for older technologies such as optical character recognition voice recognition or translation software.

Check ideas.itu.int for our challenge brief and tell us about your start-ups and business plans. We’ll be running a number of challenges throughout the year, partnering with leaders in the innovation economy, and focusing on the hottest technology topics, so keep an eye on the platform and on our Facebook page, keep your ideas coming, and maybe we’ll see you in Qatar.

The Young Innovators Competition Team
young.innovators@itu.int

Using ICT to End Extreme Poverty: Join the conversation

What is the role of Information Communication Technology in development and how are ICT innovations making economies more inclusive, creating jobs, and aiding education and training? Discuss how ICTs can better empower poor citizens to access services, demand their rights, and gain opportunities. For more info visit the official website here >>>> “Striking Poverty”

ICT for development and YOUNG PEOPLE engagement in POST 2015

Google-Hangouts-logoBynd2015 Nepal Hub is an official hub for the BYND2015 processes affiliated to International Telecommunication Union (ITU) which aims to engage young people in decision and policy making processes and other relative activities regarding Post 2015 Agenda. 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. To discuss about how ICT can enhance the development processes and why young people engagement is vital for POST 2015 agenda, BYND2015 Nepal Hub in collaboration with ITU, UNCSD MGCY, The World We Want and Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal, is organizing Google Hangout which will be hosted in two major cities of Nepal (Pokhara and Kathmandu).
Speakers
1. ICT and Post 2015, Representative-ITU
2. Young People and POST 2015, Representative-The World We Want
3. Young people engagement from Nepal, Representative-BYND2015 Nepal Hub
When and Where?
Date: 28 August 2013
Time: 2:15 pm (Nepali Time) | 10:30 am (Geneva Time)
Location: Nepal Connection, Mandala Street, Thamel

How to Join?
You need to install Google Hangout in your computer or you can also do it via your android  phone.
You need to have your Google account and send in your email id to kabitagautam1@gmail.com.

Link
https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cibj23eq9f6q9vhhr97dl738np8?authkey=CKHG6aGKjPXAOw[Note: High speed internet is a must and when you enter the hangout you need to mute your mic for voice clarity.]

Story Telling BYND2015: How ICT can change our lives?

Story Telling_1Young 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 this regard BYND2015 Nepal Hub in collaboration with Story Cycle, is organizing a story telling program on “How ICT can change our lives?”.

Session I
Presentation by Kabita Gautam (Founder/ Coordinator, BYND2015 Nepal Hub)
Presentation by Saurav Dhakal (Modern StoryTeller, Story Cycle)

Session II
Story telling by the participants

Whole session will come up with a video which will be submitted to ITU.

Date and Venue:

2:30pm Sunday, 25 August 2013 @ Mahabir’s Center for Nepal Connection, Thamel Kathmandu

For details, please do not hesitate to contact:
Kabita Gautam, 9841784593
kabitagautam1@gmail.com
bynd2015.nepalhub@gmail.com

ICT for Development and Future Generations: An Idea to Global Leaders

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:
  1. How can ICT help to change the world?
  2. How can we implement our ideas?
  3. What’s holding us back?
  4. Does the idea address a key issue faced by the ICT4D community?
  5. Is it forward looking? Does it propose solutions?
  6. How does the idea impact social, economic or environmental development?
  7. 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.

Award

  • 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 bynd2015.nepalhub@gmail.com with the following information.

  • Subject: “BYND2015-Blogging Competition 2013”
  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Address
  • 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.