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