ITU Telecom Young Innovators competition seeks solutions in tackling climate change

ITU Telecom Young Innovators competition seeks solutions in tackling climate change

ITU Telecom World Young Innovators Competition has launched a Challenge on Smart Cities and Climate Change in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), seeking innovative ideas on how information and communication technologies (ICT) can help smart cities mitigate or slow down the effects of climate change, in particular in the area of global health. Two winning entries will be showcased at ITU Telecom World 2014, the leading platform for debate, knowledge-sharing and networking for the global ICT community, in Doha, Qatar, 7-10 December 2014.

The Challenge calls for young people around the world to work together on concepts for new and innovative social start-ups within the field of smart cities to help future communities adapt to or reduce climate change. This might include, for example, new technologies, novel combinations of existing technologies, services and systems, physical devices such as smart grids, software such as big data processing, or services such as community building programmes.

Following the close of the competition on 7 October, two finalists will be selected to join ITU Telecom World 2014 in Doha this December, where they will pitch their ideas before industry leaders and national governments, participate in workshops, benefit from a year of ongoing mentorship, and win up to USD 5000 in seed funding.

“Extreme weather conditions, epidemics, outbreaks of infectious diseases and air pollution exacerbating non-communicable diseases are examples of how climate change is affecting the health of people around the world,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré. “ICTs can provide solutions to deal with these situations. This Challenge can entice socially conscious young innovators to find solutions to tackle climate change by developing smart cities that will help reduce emissions, improve economic sustainability and promote innovative use of green technologies.”