Young Innovators Competition 2013 from ITU - are you an innovator?

Young Innovators Competition 2013 from ITU - are you an innovator?

The International Telecomminications Union (ITU) run an annual ITU World Telecom summit and this year, as part of their mission to find solutions to complex global issues through technology, call upon young innovators to address key issues. As part of those issues, young people are invited to address the road safety crisis through technology! If you're interested read on!


The ITU are looking for the next generation of social technopreneurs – young people aged between 18 and 26 with an inspirational ICT-based solution to developmental challenges. Ten winning finalists will be selected to attend ITU Telecom World 2013 in Bangkok, taking part in workshops, pitching sessions, mentoring and networking, plus receiving seed funding of up to USD 10,000 per project.

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Your idea could be a start-up already up and running but in need of funding to implement the next stage and bring it to scale. Or it could be a concept worked out on paper but in need of support to make it real.

It doesn’t matter: what ITU want want are innovative solutions which can really make an impact on the world and improve people’s lives by using connected technologies (ICTs) to address one of our Six Grand Challenges:

  • Improve employment opportunities for young people and migrant workers
  • Reduce food and water wastage at individual and retail level
  • Facilitate access to public services for the elderly
  • Improve natural disaster prediction and response
  • Improve road safety for both drivers and pedestrians
  • Protect sensitive personal data and inspire the creation of local digital content

Of course, YOURS shares information about this opportunity to encourage youth leaders from our Global Youth Network for Roaf Safety with innovative ideas to address road safety via technology to apply, although you can apply for any category if you fit the criteria.

ITU explain the road safety problem and the need for innovative solutions here:

Around 1.3 million people die each year on the world’s roads and millions sustain non-fatal injuries, particularly young people. Technology has focused on innovation within the automotive sector – it now needs to drive the road safety debate. How can we use technology to make the roads safer for both drivers and pedestrians?

Deadline for applications: June 30th, 2013 at 24:00 GMT+2



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