Forum

A world-class programme of interactive debates exploring the key issues of the digital age. Informed opinion, expert speakers, international perspectives.



“Innovating together:
connectivity that matters”

The central theme of the Forum at ITU Telecom World 2019 focuses on the need for collaboration across nations, industries and organizations to ensure that digital technologies transform human lives positively – for everyone, everywhere.

How can we bring meaningful connectivity to all of the world’s citizens? Connectivity that is affordable, interoperable, relevant and fit for purpose. Local content in local languages, supported by digital skills, digital education and digital awareness.

What innovations in technology, policy and strategy will deliver smart development solutions and unlock the potential of digital societies in developed and emerging markets alike?

How can the public sector, international organizations and industry bodies work together to mitigate digital inclusion and the risks of living in a hyper-connected society? We need to address issues of trust in technology, cybersecurity and digital ethics. And we have to respect and develop environmental policies to secure our planet’s livelihood and preserve the current climate.

    Our goal
     

    At ITU Telecom World, we believe in the power of meaningful technology to improve lives everywhere.

    As part of the UN, we’re uniquely positioned to bring together the right stakeholders from government and industry, emerging and developed markets to address fundamental tech-related issues.

    Our focus is on connectivity, innovation and digital principles. Connectivity is key to accelerating social and economic development throughout the world. Innovation is essential to enabling everyone, everywhere to benefit. And we need digital principles to ensure the growing digital society is inclusive, beneficial and sustainable.

    We believe that international and cross-sectoral collaboration is critical to achieving these goals. And this is the platform we offer in the Forum at ITU Telecom World.

    Key Forum topics


    • Digital integrity: values & principles of the digital future
    • Expanding connectivity through innovative funding, infrastructure and partner models
    • Deploying 5G through new partnership paradigms
    • Collaborating for a safe global cyberspace
    • The role and scope of new regulatory approaches
    • After broadband: gigabit strategies
    • Optimizing – and controlling – the use of AI and the data it generates
    • Driving sustainable ICT growth in emerging and developed markets, locally, nationally and internationally
    • Spectrum allocation
    • Building digital literacy, compelling local content and skills to thrive in the digital era
    • Supporting innovation hubs and SME growth
    • Greening the ICT sector

    Forum Summit


    The event’s first day flagship session, setting the scene for the Forum debates to follow with a mixture of keynote speeches, striking presentations and interactive panel discussions. The Forum Summit is an outstanding opportunity for all event participants to hear expert insight, gain international perspectives, and understand the opportunities and challenges of digital transformation at the very highest level.

    Innovating together: connectivity that matters  – how can we work together to bring about meaningful, inclusive and relevant connectivity that improves lives everywhere?

    Digital integrity: values and principles of the digital future – how can the public sector, international organizations and industry bodies work together to mitigate digital inclusion and the risks of living in a hyper-connected society?

    Forum Sessions


    Whether in keynote speeches, industry or ministerial round tables, panel sessions or partner sessions, the Forum at ITU Telecom World features experts drawn from public, private and research sectors exploring the core issues facing ICTs today from contrasting perspectives. Interactive, free of presentations or pre-set agendas and often passionate, Forum sessions encourage contributions and questions from delegates on the stage and in the audience.

    Session formats


    Keynotes

    Forum - keynotes

    Thought-leadership and international perspectives at the highest level as leaders from public and private sectors share key messages and insights.

    Panel sessions

    Forum - panel sessions

    Experts drawn from public, private and research sectors explore the core issues facing ICTs today from contrasting perspectives. Interactive, free of presentations or pre-set agendas and often passionate, panel sessions encourage contributions and questions from delegates on the stage and in the audience.


    Partner sessions

    Forum - dialogues

    Forum sessions or facilitated workshops organized by ITU but shaped by input and contributions from interested companies, associations or organizations.

    Roundtables

    Forum - roundtables

    Ministers, regulators or CEOs share experiences, success stories and case studies from the perspective of their countries or organizations to personal viewpoints and powerful insider insights on future directions within the ICT industry, kicking off debate at the highest level on policies, perspectives and best practices from across the globe.

    You bring international expertise from all over the world to one single event, there is a lot of showcasing of products and solutions but more importantly it is an opportunity to engage with people from all over the world, you are meeting with policy makers, with international players, finding areas of cooperation Shameel Joosub, CEO, Vodacom
    It is a fantastic event, a great opportunity for us to engage with different stakeholders on bettering societies through adopting smart solutions. I don’t think there’s any better place for that dialogue than ITU Telecom. Ravi Suchak, VP, Public Affairs, EMEA, American Tower Corporation
    It’s not just about getting more information or interacting with industry leaders and our customers or stakeholders. It’s also creating that awareness of the new technology era we are moving into. Hennie Venter, CEO, GEW Technologies Ltd
    You can talk for a long time about transformation, but you need to get into the area, as ITU Telecom World does, to see exactly what people are doing. That’s coupled that with a lot of good topics - and collaboration, talking about different things with different people at the same time, cultivating collaboration amongst the ecosystem suppliers, that is a great thing to do. Dr. Mohamed Madkour, Vice President, GWNM, Huawei Technologies
    You can catch up with colleagues from industry or from other sectors, you can share best practices and the nice thing is that everyone is on the same page related to 5G, you have countries that are more advanced than others but there is big progress also in developing markets, that’s great to hear. Marc Vancoppenolle, Global Head of Government Relations, NOKIA
    It is THE platform where everyone is converging, a forum where everyone can come and talk, discuss, bring in some ideas, share their experience and knowledge. This is exactly what we need when we talk about collaboration and exchanging ideas. Bocar A. Ba, CEO & Board Member, SAMENA
    It is a fantastic gathering bringing together professionals from the industry, the public, the UN organizations, the officials to talk to each other, to have heated discussions…this is how you get new ideas, this is how you identify opportunities and challenges. Dr. Amani Abou - Zeid, Commissioner, African Union Commission