Young Innovators Competition 2013

An integral part of ITU Telecom World events, the Young Innovators Programme works with promising start-ups run by young people from all over the world who are using technological innovation to improve the social reality of their communities.

Each year, the Young Innovators Competition invites new start-ups and concepts to compete for one of the ten prestigious places in the programme. Chosen by a committee of world-class experts from public, private and academic sectors, the ten winners join the ITU Telecom World event for a four-day accelerator programme of pitching sessions, hands-on workshops and mentoring – plus the chance to win up to USD 10 000 in funding.

But it’s not just an annual competition. It’s a community. Which is why the winners of the 2012 competition will be joining this year’s winners in Bangkok to report back on the development of their projects after a year of mentoring and to offer the benefits of their experiences as peer-mentors to the class of 2013.


Young Innovators Competition 2013 winners

With over 600 applications from 88 countries, identifying the ten best entries responding to one of our global challenges has not been easy. So we’re delighted to be able to announce the 2013 winners joining us at ITU Telecom World in Bangkok:

  • Al Dalilah represented by Ahmed Fawzi from Qatar – a satellite assisted mission control and first response system
  • Broad Street Maps represented by Hannah Judge from the USA – producing individualized healthcare maps to support health organizations
  • Kumba Connect represented by Keston Perry from Trinidad and Tobago – an interface connecting unemployed Caribbean migrants with technical skills based in the UK with Caribbean-based companies
  • Land-Sea Digital Bridge represented by Nguyen Tran Hoang from Viet Nam – an HF digital radio communication system connecting fishing boats and shore stations
  • M-Tambula represented by Brenda Katwesigye from Uganda – providing the elderly with easy access to public services using Interactive Voice Response over mobile phones
  • NduruApp represented by Thomas Kioko from Kenya – a one-stop mobile app to manage all aspects of road safety
  • Open Curriculum represented by Varun Arora from India – an online platform for local K12 educational material
  • SalvageHub represented by Oscar Ekponimo from Nigeria – a web and mobile platform to reduce food wastage at individual and retail levels
  • SiSwApp represented by Timothy McDermott from Australia/ Swaziland – an English-SiSwati translation app aimed at migrant workers
  • Tudlo Disaster and Emergency App represented by Bella Donna Esconar from the Philippines – a multi-purpose information platform for emergency and disaster situations

Accelerator Programme and Master Class in Innovation

The Young Innovators Accelerator Programme is specifically designed for the winners of the Young Innovators Competition. It aims to equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to jump-start their enterprises and take their start-up companies to the next level.

For the duration of ITU Telecom World 2013, the winners will be closely supervised by their mentors, who will organize interactive workshops and one-on-one sessions. In addition, within our Master Class of Innovation local and international partners such as Expara, Hubba and ICN Business school will organize sessions on a range of highly-relevant topics including Design Thinking, Scaling of Social Enterprises, Go-To-Market Strategies for Start-ups, and PR on a Low Budget for Start-ups.

All the sessions will touch on the central themes of social entrepreneurship : enterprises responding to the needs of a community, future thinking, and designing in a sustainable way with forward-looking ideas.

The climax of the accelerator program is the Big Pitch Session taking place on November 20th in the InnovationSpace WorkSpace, where the winners will pitch their ideas, and the winners of the 2012 Young Innovators Competition will report on their progress.

The Mentors