Why the ITU Telecom World Awards?

As the UN specialized agency for ICTs, with 193 Member States, over 700 private sector entities and 150 years of sector expertise, ITU understands the critical role of ICT solutions in accelerating social and economic development across emerging and developed markets alike. ICT-based applications, solutions and initiatives are uniquely powerful and effective in improving lives all around the world.
The Awards Programme at ITU Telecom World celebrates this innovation and creativity by aiming to:

2017 Awards - recognize


the most promising and effective initiatives using ICTs innovatively for social good – whether created by entrepreneurs, SMEs or large-scale industry players

2017 Awards - highlight


best practices and the cross-fertilization of ideas for innovative socio-economic development

2017 Awards - provide


a platform to network, mobilize investment and create new business opportunities for ICT solutions with social impact

The awards and who can enter

The ITU Telecom World Awards are open to all sponsors and exhibitors present at ITU Telecom World 2017, whether within a National or Thematic Pavilion, as an Independent Stand or SME Pod. The Awards will be presented by ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao at a high-profile ceremony during ITU Telecom World 2017 in a number of categories, including:

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    Global SME Award

    for the most promising innovative solution from an SME

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    Thematic Award

    for the most promising innovative solutions with social impact in vertical sectors, whether as an SME or within a larger company. It may include sectors such as e education, e health, e government and disaster prevention/communications

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    Recognition of Excellence Certificate

    for the best innovative exhibitor within each National Pavilion at ITU Telecom Word 2017

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    Host Country SME Award

    for the best and most innovative SME or solution

What are the benefits ?

  • Exclusive use of trophy and certificate β€œITU Telecom World Award Winner 2017”
  • Increased visibility during and after ITU Telecom World 2017
  • Global recognition as an innovative ICT4D solutions provider
  • Networking access to potential international public and private sector partners and customers
  • Opportunity for dialogue with governments and policy makers at the highest level
The biggest impact for us was the greatly increased reputation and credit of the company. We’ve got “treasure” from ITU Telecom World.Japan Battery Regeneration, Inc. - Winner, Recognition of Excellence, ITU Telecom World 2015

How to apply

All event exhibitors or sponsors can enter for the Global SME Award or Thematic Award by completing the online application form, available here in early 2017. A distinguished jury of experts will select two finalists and one winner (Global SME Award) and one winner per vertical sector (Thematic Award) based on social impact, innovative use of ICTs, business model, scalability & replicability, and environmental sustainability.

Each participating National Pavilion will nominate an entity exhibiting within the pavilion for the Recognition of Excellence.

ITU Telecom World Awards 2016 – Winners and Finalists

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners of the ITU Telecom World Awards 2016, announced at the Event Closing on Thursday 17 November. Click on the links below to find out more.