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, 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 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 within large companies in two categories:

Sustainable development 
Smart emerging technologies

Government Award

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 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

ITU Telecom World Awards 2018 – Winners and Finalists

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners of the ITU Telecom World Awards 2018!

How to apply

You can enter the Global SME Awards and Host Country SME Award by completing the application form available here in early 2019. National Pavilions entering the Government Award 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.​

A separate application form will be available for Global Corporate Awards.​

Contact us with any queries.

Our Jury

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 Corporate Awards based on social impact, innovative use of ICTs, business model, scalability & replicability, and environmental sustainability.