ITU Telecom World 2013
Young Innovators Competition

The Young Innovators Competition seeks to foster innovative ideas amongst the next generation of social entrepreneurs working to change the world through technology. It is open to any young person between the ages of 18 and 26 with an original solution to one of our six Global Challenges.

How to apply

It’s easy to apply. Just fill in the application form and send it to with “2013 Young Innovators Competition” in the subject line. Remember, your submission must address one of our six Global Challenges:

  • Improve employment opportunities for young people and migrant workers

    High rates of youth unemployment are becoming a social emergency. How can ICTs improve employment prospects and protect young migrant workers seeking opportunities abroad?

  • Reduce food and water wastage at individual and retail level

    Almost a third of all food produced in the world is lost or wasted in current systems of food production and consumption. How can ICTS be used to reduce this waste?

  • Facilitate access to public services for the elderly

    Seniors use online services less frequently than other demographic sectors, limiting participation in society and public services. How can ICTs enhance access to public services for the elderly?

  • Improve natural disaster prediction and response

    Predicting natural disasters is vital to ensure correct preparations and an adequate response. How can ICTs improve current prediction systems and first responder communication systems?

  • Improve road safety for both drivers and pedestrians

    Around 1.3 million people die each year on the world's roads, millions sustain non-fatal injuries. How can technology make roads safer for all users?

  • Protect sensitive personal data and inspire the creation of local digital content

    Vast amounts of digital content, including cultural, educational, scientific and administrative resources, technical, legal and medical information is vulnerable to loss or misuse. Digital content in local languages is vital to drive development. How can ICTs protect digital content and inspire the creation of local content?

Read more on the challenges and our expert knowledge-partners here


The ten finalists selected by a committee of experts will win:

  • Up to USD 10,000 in seed money to implement and bring to scale winning start-ups; up to 5,000 USD for winning concepts
  • An invitation to attend ITU Telecom World 2013 in Bangkok
  • Mentoring from high-level industry representatives both in Bangkok and for the following year
  • Hands-on workshop training in entrepreneurial skills
  • Opportunities to meet and network with leading ICT players
  • Showcasing platform at our dedicated pavilion on the showfloor

The competition has now closed.

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