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:
the most promising and effective initiatives using ICTs innovatively for social good – whether created by entrepreneurs, SMEs or large-scale industry players
best practices and the cross-fertilization of ideas for innovative socio-economic development
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 exhibitors and sponsors present at ITU Telecom World 2019, whether within a National or Thematic Pavilion, as an Independent Stand or with an SME Workstation. The Awards are presented in the following categories:
Global SME Awards
for the most promising solutions from SMEs making innovative use of ICTs for social impact. Awards are presented in the following categories:
Global SME Excellence Award
Best business model
Most innovative use of ICT
Greatest social impact
Most scalable solution
Global Industry Awards
for the most promising innovative solutions from large companies in one of the following categories – one company may submit more than one project for any or all of the Industry Awards, provided each individual project is only submitted once:
for the National Pavilion at ITU Telecom World with three or more of the most promising innovative SMEs present at the event who have applied for the Global SME Awards
Host Country SME Award
for the best and most innovative SME or solution from ITU Telecom World’s host country
Recognition of Excellence Certificate
for the best innovative exhibitor within each National Pavilion at ITU Telecom World
Why enter the awards?
Win UN recognition as an innovative ICT4D solutions provider
Benefit from international visibility before, during and after the event
Network with potential partners, customers and leads from public and private sectors, emerging and developed markets
Engage with governments, policy-makers and regulators at the highest level
Take part in the SME Programme of capacity building and skills workshops, business matchmaking and networking events
Take home the exclusive ITU Telecom World Award Winner trophy and certificate
How to apply
You can enter the Global SME Awards and Host Country SME Award by completing the application form available here. For the Government Award, National Pavilions should encourage SMEs within the pavilion to apply using this form; all countries with a minimum of 3 SMEs applying here will be eligible for this Award.
You can enter the Global Industry Awards by completing one or more of the application forms below.
Applications for the SME Awards are now closed, and jury evaluation is ongoing. Applications for the Industry Awards are still being accepted.
A distinguished jury of experts will select a shortlist of Global SME Awards applicants to pitch their solutions onsite at ITU Telecom World. Winners in each category other than the Global SME Excellence Award will be selected from this shortlist and announced on the final day of the event. The winner of the Global SME Excellence Award will be chosen following live head-to-head pitches during the high-profile Awards Ceremony.
A second jury with experts in each vertical sector will select the winners of the Global Industry Awards based on social impact, innovative use of ICTs, business model, scalability & replicability, and environmental sustainability.