Call for Applications: ITU ICT Innovation Application Challenge

Deadline: March 12, 2013

Applications are invited for the ITU ICT Innovation Application Challenge. The submission period will run from 16:00 hours CET, 28 January 2013 until 16:00 hours CET, 12 March 2013. The ICT Innovation Application application challenge is part of ITU’s efforts to tap the power of ICTs in promoting sustainable prosperity and businesses in emerging economies by developing solutions to provide accessibility to the underserved and the unreached.

ICT innovation is a key element to spur growth in the economic crisis. It will be a game-changer in enabling emerging economies to sustain their economic growth in the future.

The Challenge calls for submission of innovative ICT applications taking full advantage of mobile phones, mobile Internet access, and social media tools to transform inclusion, citizen participation, and transparency in the following areas:-
Innovative mobile application services (e.g mobile health, mobile payments, etc).

  • e-Education
  • e-Government
  • Intelligent Transport Systems.

Participants are invited to submit a working application and a concept paper falling under one of the above mentioned areas. This ITU ICT Innovation Application Challenge was launched on 22 November 2012 during the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA) in Dubai. Details for registration and submission of applications can be found below.

Award Category

  • Best App – Individual/SME (small and medium enterprise) with a cash prize of USD 5,000
  • Best App Corporate (no cash prize)
  • Honourable mentions – Individual/SME (no cash prize)
  • Honourable mentions Corporate (no cash prize)​

The winners of the Challenge will be contacted in April, while the results of the Challenge will be announced during an event which will take place in Geneva, on World Information Society Day, that is, 17 May 2013. The winners will be invited to this event to showcase their application to a global audience of top-level decision makers from the public and private sector.

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