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High rates of youth unemployment are becoming a social emergency. How can ICTs improve employment prospects and protect young migrant workers seeking opportunities abroad?
Almost a third of all food produced in the world is lost or wasted in current systems of food production and consumption. How can ICTS be used to reduce this waste?
Seniors use online services less frequently than other demographic sectors, limiting participation in society and public services. How can ICTs enhance access to public services for the elderly?
Predicting natural disasters is vital to ensure correct preparations and an adequate response. How can ICTs improve current prediction systems and first responder communication systems?
Around 1.3 million people die each year on the world's roads, millions sustain non-fatal injuries. How can technology make roads safer for all users?
Vast amounts of digital content, including cultural, educational, scientific and administrative resources, technical, legal and medical information is vulnerable to loss or misuse. Digital content in local languages is vital to drive development. How can ICTs protect digital content and inspire the creation of local content?
10 October 2013 – Ten young people from around the world will be honoured with a United Nations award recognizing their work as entrepreneurs and use of technology to change the world.
The recipients of the 10 Young Innovators Competition organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom come from a wide range of countries including India, Uganda and Viet Nam and have worked on diverse issues such as marine protection, reduction of food waste and immigration.
“These are bright young minds with creative technological solutions to developmental challenges both in their communities and in the wider world,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré.
Open to young social entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 26, the competition seeks innovative digital solutions in the form of start-ups or initial concepts meeting global developmental challenges. The winners will be heading to the ITU Telecom World 2013 a knowledge-sharing event for the global ICT community, which will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 19-22 November.
“Bringing the competition winners to the forefront of the global ICT stage at ITU Telecom World connects them with the event's influential audience, with the entrepreneurial experiences and with the success stories of their expert mentors and their peers from 2012,” said Mr. Touré.
“These are the connections and conversations that matter, with the power to make a real difference in the world.”
One of the winners is Keston Perry from Trinidad and Tobago, who started KUMBA, an interface connecting unemployed Caribbean migrants with technical skills based in the United Kingdom with Caribbean-based companies.
Nguyen Tran Hoang from Viet Nam will be honoured for the Land-Sea Digital Bridge – a digital radio communication system connecting fishing boats and shore stations.
Oscar Ekponimo from Nigeria created SalvageHub, a web and mobile platform to reduce food wastage at individual and retail levels.
Also from the African continent is the M-Tambula platform by Brenda Katwesigye, which provides the elderly with easy access to public services using Interactive Voice Response over mobile phones.
Thomas Kioko from Kenya will be recognized for his Nduru App – a one-stop mobile application to manage all aspects of road safety.
Ahmed Fawzi from Egypt was selected for his Al Dalilah Advanced Operational Global Positioning System (GPS) – an advanced tracking and first response system using meteorological data.
Hannah Judge from the United States will also be recognized for her use of geolocation technology, as she created Broad Street Maps, which produces individualized healthcare maps to support health organizations
In India, Varun Arora created Open Curriculum, an online platform for local educational material for standard, primary and secondary schooling.
Yvone Loremia from the Philippines was selected for her Tudlo Disaster and Emergency Application, a multi-purpose information platform for emergency and disaster situations.
Finally, the Timothy McDermott from Australia and Swaziland created SiSwApp, an English-SiSwati translation app aimed at migrant workers.
The judges received over 600 entries from 88 countries worldwide, and the winners were selected based on their possible social impact and potential for business success.
At ITU Telecom World the winners will take part in a programme to take their projects to the next level via one-on-one mentorship sessions with start-up mentors and business experts, hands-on workshop training, peer mentoring from the winners of the 2012 competition, and the opportunity to showcase their projects to the event’s influential audience.
ITU Telecom organizes global events for Governments, industry leaders and regulators that form part of the world’s ICT community. The first ITU Telecom event was held in 1971 and ITU Telecom marked its 40th anniversary in 2011.
Each year, the Young Innovators Competition invites new start-ups and concepts to compete for one of the ten prestigious places in the programme. Chosen by a committee of world-class experts from public, private and academic sectors, the ten winners join the ITU Telecom World event for a four-day accelerator programme of pitching sessions, hands-on workshops and mentoring – plus the chance to win up to USD 10 000 in funding.
But it’s not just an annual competition. It’s a community. Which is why the winners of the 2012 competition will be joining this year’s winners in Bangkok to report back on the development of their projects after a year of mentoring and to offer the benefits of their experiences as peer-mentors to the class of 2013.
With over 600 applications from 88 countries, identifying the ten best entries responding to one our global challenges has not been easy. So we’re delighted to be able to announce the 2013 winners joining us at ITU Telecom World in Bangkok:
Al Dalilah Advanced Operational GPS represented by Ahmed Fawzi from Egypt – an advanced tracking and first response system using meteorological data
Broad Street Maps represented by Hannah Judge from the USA – producing individualized healthcare maps to support health organizations
Kumba Connect represented by Keston Perry from Trinidad and Tobago – an interface connecting unemployed Caribbean migrants with technical skills based in the UK with Caribbean-based companies
Land-Sea Digital Bridge represented by Nguyen Tran Hoang from Viet Nam – an HF digital radio communication system connecting fishing boats and shore stations
M-Tambula represented by Brenda Katwesigye from Uganda – providing the elderly with easy access to public services using Interactive Voice Response over mobile phones
NduruApp represented by Thomas Kioko from Kenya – a one-stop mobile app to manage all aspects of road safety
Open Curriculum represented by Varun Arora from India – an online platform for local K12 educational material
SalvageHub represented by Oscar Ekponimo from Nigeria – a web and mobile platform to reduce food wastage at individual and retail levels
SiSwApp represented by Timothy McDermott from Australia/ Swaziland – an English-SiSwati translation app aimed at migrant workers
Tudlo Disaster and Emergency App represented by Yvonne Loremia from the Philippines – a multi-purpose information platform for emergency and disaster situations
The Young Innovators Accelerator Programme is specifically designed for the winners of the Young Innovators Competition. It aims to equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to jump-start their enterprises and take their start-up companies to the next level.
For the duration of ITU Telecom World 2013, the winners will be closely supervised by their mentors, who will organize interactive workshops and one-on-one sessions. In addition, within our Master Class of Innovation local and international partners such as Expara, Hubba and ICN Business school will organize sessions on a range of highly-relevant topics including Design Thinking, Scaling of Social Enterprises, Go-To-Market Strategies for Start-ups, and PR on a Low Budget for Start-ups.
All the sessions will touch on the central themes of social entrepreneurship : enterprises responding to the needs of a community, future thinking, and designing in a sustainable way with forward-looking ideas.
The climax of the accelerator program is the Big Pitch Session taking place on November 20th in the InnovationSpace WorkSpace, where the winners will pitch their ideas, and the winners of the 2012 Young Innovators Competition will report on their progress.
Laina Raveendran Greene is Chief Strategy and Investment Officer of IBST, one of the four public listed independent telecom tower companies in Indonesia. Her role includes identifying new innovative technologies and solutions, and investor relations. Laina’s work experience spans 25 years in the telecoms industry with a focus on Green ICT and bridging the digital divide in developing countries. Having founded and run two companies herself, she serves on companies boards and mentors start-ups around the world. She considers herself a serial entrepreneur and a Global Citizen.
A Mexican, Weston started his career at DaimlerChrylser in Germany, programmed at Microsoft in Redmond, USA, and then quit to obtain his degree (in Computer Engineering) and travel the world. He joined CouchSurfing , serving as CTO for over 4 years and helping to turn it into the world’s largest travel community. Later, Weston moved to Berlin and took on the CTO role at 9flats.com. Weston has now founded Footstep Ventures and, together with a small team, is creating a next-generation city guide. He also mentors other start-ups in Germany and Singapore.
Mariéme Jamme is a London-based CEO , technologist and social entrepreneur with a passionate commitment to helping empower her fellow Africans through education, leadership, social entrepreneurship and economic development. She is currently the CEO of SpotOne Global Solutions, a UK based company that helps IT organizations gain a foothold in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. She recently founded Iconscience, a think tank uniting business experts and like-minded individuals in a friendly atmosphere to brainstorm ethical scenarios for sustainable business, social, technological and environmental development in Africa.
Yasmin is the only woman to date to have received the prestigious Key Industry Leader Award in 2007 and the Personality of the Year Award in 2009, both from the Association of Computer and Multimedia Industry of Malaysia (PIKOM). She has strong credentials and recognition within top ICT multinationals, having reached the top leadership positions in Microsoft (CEO and MD), Dell (CEO and Corporate Director) and HP (GM). A strong advocate of attracting and developing female talent in IT, she is a founding patron of the NGO community Gorgeous Geeks.
Christoph started his career in a Berlin digital agency in 1996, tried and failed to build his first startup in 1999/2000 and has been working with the digital industry ever since. From 2008 to 2012, he co-founded and hosted Mobile Monday Berlin and has been hosting, mentoring, and speaking at national and international workshops and technology events ever since. In summer 2012, Christoph founded Berlin Startup Academy, Berlin’s independent boutique accelerator, graduating the first batch of six start-ups in March 2013.
Daniela Schiffer co-founded Berlin-based start-up Changers.com in 2010. The Changers portable solar charging system combines the production of pure and clean energy and consumer desire for more independence and mobility with the revolutionary power of social media. Prior to Changers, Daniela worked as a consultant at a communications agency where she was closely involved with high-tech companies, specifically in the field of green energy and photovoltaics. Passionate about how the usage of media changes our society, she has collaborated on different media art projects across Europe.
Benjamin Thym is the founder and CEO of barcoo. Following the completion of his studies in Business Informatics, Benjamin worked at the Boston Consulting Group as an IT consultant. When he came up with the concept for barcoo, he moved to Berlin to develop barcoo’s mobile shopping and information service. He is responsible for Communications, Product and Sales. The number of the app’s end-users has already reached more than 11 million, and Apple has just declared barcoo to be one of the most downloaded apps of all times in Germany.