The 2020 edition of the ITU Innovation Challenge will be taking place amid a global pandemic caused by Covid-19. This has resulted in stress on value chains and countries’ readiness for a digital economy, significantly affecting social conditions worldwide. Global supply, production, consumption and delivery chains are disrupted. Therefore, the overall theme of this year’s challenges is Rethinking the digital economy’s value chains during the Covid-19 pandemic. The challenge is a global open competition platform for innovators and ecosystem builders to present their ideas and projects, empowering them to transform their communities into thriving digital societies.
The ITU Innovation Challenges are:
– Women in technology challenge
– Digital change-maker challenge
– Ecosystem best practice challenge
There will be a minimum of five winners per challenge. The final number of winners for each challenge is subject to the organizer’s discretion.
Opportunity focus area:
Note: All challenges are open to any participant anywhere in the world. Gender or age restrictions may apply. Consult the individual challenge briefs for details.
Note: Only one entry per challenge is permitted. Multiple entries from same applicant for one challenge will be disqualified
Note: There's no entry fees.
Note: Winners will attend a four-day global flagship ITU event to learn, network, innovate and scale up.
Note: Virtual networking event and on boarding.
Note: Cocreation workshops with winners on new skills and capacity.
Note: Workshops on storytelling and practice in pitching projects.
Note: High level dialogue, pitching of their project, expert talks, networking, media corner, partner corner, and matching of winners with potential resources.
Note: 4-day daily subsistence allowance for their participation in event at UN country level daily rate.
Note: Be engaged in developing a remarkable video story about their project.
Note: Some activities will be streamed, others will be private and reserved for relevant categories of stakeholders.
Note: Support in identifying new partnership opportunities and networking with potential buyers, global delegates, investors, government representatives and other attendees.
Note: Support during event to help winners further develop their proposals; connect with mentors, ecosystem builders, and potential clients and investors; International recognition.