ITU Telecom Young Innovators Competition

Event Info

Thu 21 Jun - Mon 16 Jul, 2012 from 2:25pm - 10:00am
ITU Telecom World Dubai
Cost: free, winners get up to CHF 10 000


Open to 18-25 year olds worldwide, the Young Innovators Competition calls for projects/concepts which engage the power of ICTs to meet real-world developmental challenges relevant to one of eight core areas under the theme

“Youth Innovation for Development”:

  •  Cybersecurity
  •  Education
  •  Empowerment of Women
  •  Environmental Sustainability
  •  Healthcare
  •  Human Rights
  •  Transparency
  •  Youth Employment

Submissions consisting of everything from well researched concepts to ongoing operations showing preliminary results are welcome. From these, the twelve most outstanding entries -– judged to have the greatest possible social impact and potential for business success -– will win the chance to attend and participate in ITU Telecom World 2012, which takes place from 14-18 October in Dubai.


The 12 finalists can benefit from one-on-one mentorship sessions with top level representatives from various sectors, hands-on workshops focused on developing entrepreneurial skills and the chance to showcase concepts and projects at a centrally located stand before the uniquely influential audience of World 2012 delegates. They can also benefit from the rich opportunities for networking with the leading names and key decision makers from industry, government and academia plus visionaries and digital thought leaders present at the event.


Final winners will also benefit from prize money of up to CHF10,000 to realize entrepreneurial dreams. In addition winners will have access to the network of mentors offering ongoing support for up to one year, be invited to form an active part of the Young Innovators community and update their submission as featured on our website with regular progress report.


The deadline for initial submissions is 16 th July 2012 10h00 GMT (!) . 


To apply, go to