2019 edition of ITU Telecom World Awards launched

Updated:2019/5/23 13:27

Seeking out and rewarding those innovative tech solutions with real social impact from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and corporates alike is the aim of the ITU Telecom World Awards, which have recently launched their 2019 edition.

A key component of global tech event ITU Telecom World 2019, which takes place in Budapest, Hungaryfrom 9-12 September, the awards seek entrants in the following categories:

Global Industry Awards for the most promising innovative solutions with social impact in 3 categories:

• Digital inclusion and principles

• Meaningful connectivity solutions

• Sustainable impact

Global SME Awards for the most promising solutions from SMEs making innovative use of ICTs for social impact, in a number of different categories: Host Country SME Award for the best and most innovative SME or solution from the Host Country, Hungary.

Government Award for the National Pavilion at ITU Telecom Word 2019 with the most promising innovative SMEs present at the event, entering the Global SME Award.

All ITU Telecom World 2019 sponsors and exhibitors, either participating within a National Pavilion or Thematic Pavilion, as an Independent Stand, or with an SME Workstation, are eligible to enter the awards.

Entries can be submitted online until 31 July 2019. A distinguished jury of experts will select a shortlist of entrants for the Global SME Awards, who will pitch their solutions onsite in an adrenaline filled, highprofile ceremony during ITU Telecom World 2019, culminating in the announcement of winners by ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. As well as UN recognition for their innovation, winners will also benefit from international visibility before, during and after the event and extensive networking opportunities with governments, policy makers and regulators as well as potential partners, customers and leads.

During the event, participating SMEs can also enjoy an action packed SME Programme of workshops, capacity building, pitching sessions, special SME- focussed Forum sessions, mentoring and a new opportunity for a digital showcase presentation in the InnovationSpace in the Exhibition.

First launched in Budapest at ITU Telecom World 2015, the ITU Telecom World Awards initiative recognizes the innovative application of ICTs for social good created by entrepreneurs; small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and large industry players alike. It also facilitates knowledge sharing of best practices, while providing a platform from which to network, mobilize investment, explore partnership potential and create new business opportunities.

ITU Telecom World 2019 takes place from 9-12 September at Hungexpo, Budapest. Under the theme “Innovation together: Connectivity that matters,” it will combine an international tech exhibition, a forum for sharing knowledge, a networking hub for corporates, governments and SMEs, in addition to the influential ITU Telecom World Awards. It provides a unique international platform that brings together developed and emerging markets, public and private sector leaders, and industry representatives from across the entire ICT ecosystem.

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