Why the ITU Digital 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 Digital 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 Digital World Awards are open to all exhibitors and sponsors present at ITU Digital World, 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.
Global Industry Awards
for the most promising innovative solutions from large companies in a range of categories.
for the National Pavilion at ITU Digital 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 Digital World’s host country
Recognition of Excellence Certificate
for the best innovative exhibitor within each National Pavilion at ITU Digital 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 Digital World Award Winner trophy and certificate
ITU Telecom World Awards 2019 – Winners and Finalists
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A distinguished jury of experts will select a shortlist of Global SME Awards applicants to pitch their solutions onsite at ITU Digital 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.
Our 2019 Global Industry Awards jury