Spotlight on Youth at ITU TELECOM World


ITU TELECOM recently announced the winners of its Young Innovators Competition: Single Board Challenge. This competition urged participants to use single board computers and controllers for social change and development, including through wearables and the IoT. For more information on this competition click here.

ITU selected two winners for this category: TactiX and SolarKobo.

TactiX, developed by Ugur Can Bastik from Turkey, is an accessible smartphone for blind and visually impaired people. It uses a single-board power system and features a tactile display featuring shapes, emoticons, and Braille characters. Users can type with Braille and make use of multiple side hotkeys to improve ease of use. Finally, this smartphone also connects with social networks.

SolarKobo, Nigerian Ogbonnaya Bassey’s creation, offers cheaper solar power to local communities. There are no upfront costs for beneficiaries of this much more reliable and eco-friendly power source. Fees are relatively low and the project employs single board devices to monitor the systems as well as carry out payments.

The winners will join ITU at ITU TELECOM World from 12-15 October in Budapest, Hungary, along with winners from other Young Innovator Competitions to participate in an accelerator program.

But ITU’s focus on young people doesn’t end with this competition. This event features further activities for youth including Next Generation Day on 15 October, for university students and young entrepreneurs interested in ICT and innovation. The event will feature discussions on the technology and social change, girls in ICT careers, and 3D printing demonstrations, among others. The full agenda can be found here.

Finally, the opening day of ITU TELECOM World coincided with the International Day of the Girl Child. Participants dropped by the ITU Pavilion (stand 404A) to find out about our work to encourage more girls in ICT.  Thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating the International Day of the Girl Child with UNICEF on 12 October!

Tickets for these events can be purchased here.

Source: ITU