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. SMEs not exhibiting or sponsoring can also enter the Global SME Awards by paying a 700 CHF application fee, which includes a free Exhibition Pass and access to the full SME Programme – see the How to Apply section below.

The following Awards will be presented by ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao at a high-profile ceremony during ITU Telecom World 2017

Global SME Awards

for the most promising solutions from SMEs making innovative use of ICTs for social impact in the categories:

Global SME Excellence Award
Best business model
Most innovative use of ICT
Greatest social impact
Most scalable solution

Global Corporate Awards

for the most promising innovative solutions with social impact within large companies, in sectors including:

Smart emerging technologies

Government Award

for the National Pavilion at ITU Telecom Word 2017 with three or more of the most promising innovative SMEs present at the Event


Host Country SME Award

for the best and most innovative SME or solution from the Republic of Korea, the Host Country for ITU Telecom World 2017

Recognition of Excellence Certificate

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


Why enter the Awards?

  • Win UN recognition as an innovative ICT4D solutions provider

  • Benefit from international visibility at the event onsite and online

  • 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

Our Jury

You can apply for the Global SME Awards by completing the ITU Telecom World Awards SME application form. If you are exhibiting or sponsoring at ITU Telecom World 2017, you will be asked to include details of your stand, pavilion or sponsorship. If you are not exhibiting or sponsoring at the event, contact us for details on the application fee and process before completing the form.

National Pavilion SMEs should also complete this form to apply for the Government Award.

Apply for Global SME Awards

All corporate event exhibitors or sponsors can apply for the Global Corporate Awards by completing the ITU Telecom World Awards Corporate application form.

Apply for the Corporate Awards

Each participating National Pavilion will nominate an entity exhibiting within the pavilion for the Recognition of Excellence. The Host Country Award is selected by the host country.

A distinguished jury of experts will select a shortlist of Global SME Awards applicants to pitch their solutions onsite at ITU Telecom World 2017. Winners will be selected from this shortlist and announced on the final day of the event.

A second jury with experts in each vertical sector will select the winners of the Global Corporate Awards based on social impact, innovative use of ICTs, business model, scalability & replicability, and environmental sustainability.

Meet the Jury

ITU Telecom World Awards 2017 – Winners and Finalists

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners of the ITU Telecom World Awards 2017, who will be announced at the Event Closing on Thursday 28 September.