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Digital change-maker challenge Scholarship by ITU Innovation Challenges

Are you an entreprenuer with a global mindset? Is your innovation able to create digital impact in your communities? ITU is inviting applications from qualified candidates for its 2020 Innovation challenege 

The challenge is a global open competition platform for innovators and ecosystem builders to present their ideas and projects, empowering them to transform their communities into thriving digital societies. 

ITU and the EQUALS Global Partnership will support standout tech innovators who are helping and empowering women to excel in the access and use of ICTs  to increase their productive and economic capacity in sectors such as agriculturetextiles and apparel, and health, and to build prosperous communities. 

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About ITU Innovation Challenges

Competitiveness, in an increasing open global economy, requires new approaches to develop an enabling digital environment across sectors. In recent years, ITU innovation research has shown that there is a growing digital innovation divide among countries. The Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) has developed a cross-sector and multistakeholder Digital Innovation Framework with the aim to assist countries, cities and ecosystems address today's challenges by empowering them to accelerate their digital transformation The mission is to “bridge the digital innovation divide (gap) th... read more


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Requirements for ITU Digital change-maker challenge Qualification

To apply to this challenge, you must have an idea with a minimum viable project in one of the following thematic areas:

  1. Capacity building: bringing digital skills to society.
  2. Cybersecurity: solutions that promote online safety and security.
  3. Digital inclusion: empowering people with specific needs; including indigenous peoples, people in rural areas, persons with disabilities, and youth and children.
  4. Climate change and e-waste: helping countries mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.
  5. Emergency telecommunication: enhancing disaster risk reduction and improving national emergency telecommunications and early warning and monitoring systems.
  6. ICT applications: enhancing citizens’ lives, promoting smart living and improving public service availability. 
  7. Regulatory and market environment: enabling collaboration for a sound policy, legal and regulatory environment for digital development.
  8. Technology and network development: enabling reliable ICT infrastructure and services for all.
  9. Statistics and indicators: facilitating evidence-based data collection and analysis to measure the information society and promote informed decision making.

Your solution should:

  1. Address a clear problem that stakeholders in your community are facing, especially considering value chain competitiveness and global disruption due to Covid-19.
  2. Cover one or more of the thematic areas above.

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Application Deadline

July 31, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to ITU Innovation Challenges on cocreate.itu.int to apply

For more details, visit ITU website

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