Call for Entries for ITU Telecom Young Innovators Competition

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Every year, ITU Telecom hosts the Young Innovators Competition for “talented young social entrepreneurs using technology creatively to meet a range of real-life developmental challenges.” The 2015 competition will run until ITU Telecom World 2015 in Budapest, Hungary. Winners of the competition will be invited to attend this event and participate in an onsite “accelerator programme of pitching sessions, workshops, mentoring and networking,” and compete for seed funding. The competition utilizes an interactive platform (hosted by Crowdicity).

Currently open is the “Single Board Challenge,” which challenges entrepreneurs to apply single board computers and controllers to solving social challenges. Tools may include Intel Edison and Intel Galileo and may involve wearable or embedded devices, or Internet of Things solutions.

These tools offer the potential for low-cost customizable solutions. “If harnessed as a tool for social good and made accessible to the neediest in society, wearables and the IoT have the potential to vastly improve the lives of developing communities around the world in any aspect, such as education, agriculture, personal safety or health.”

To find more information on entering the competition or on past winners’ innovations, visit http://ideas.itu.int.

Source: ITU