Online Competition for Rethinking the Digital Economy’s Value Chains from ITU
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Online Competition for Rethinking the Digital Economy’s Value Chains from ITU


الاتحاد الدولي للاتصالات هو وكالة الأمم المتحدة المتخصصة في مجال تكنولوجيا المعلومات والاتصالات (ICT). يضطلع الاتحاد، منذ أن تأسس في عام 1865 لتسهيل التوصيلية الدولية لشبكات الاتصالات، بمسؤولية توزيع
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31 juil. 2020
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The ITU Innovation Challenge is launching its 2020 edition with the theme “Rethinking the digital economy’s value chains during Covid-19”. The challenge will be taking place amid a global pandemic caused by Covid-19. 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. 

About the Challenge:-

  • Covid-19 Panademic 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. Traditional economies are struggling, as industries have not been digitalized and infrastructure is inadequate to cope with current stress levels.
  • Policy-makers and innovators worldwide are under pressure. Their communities must embrace a digital economy so that a semblance of normalcy can be maintained in these uncertain conditions. Therefore, the overall theme of this year’s challenges is Rethinking the digital economy’s value chains during the Covid-19 pandemic.  
  • The challenge consists of three sub-challenges:
    • Digital change-maker challenge: For innovators with ideas that create digital impact in their communities. 
    • Ecosystem best practice challenge: For ecosystem builders with good practices that nurture an enabling environment for innovators in their communities. 
    • Women in technology challenge: For individual women tech innovators and eligible startups with digital projects that create impact for women in their communities. 

Ideas Standards:-

  • Originality:Your idea must be original. 
  • Creativity: Your idea must be innovative and unique. 
  • Sustainability: You must clearly describe the ways in which the activity or project will be able to continue. 
  • Viability: Your idea must be realistic and logical. 
  • Impact: Your idea must fall within the scope of the challenge. 
  • Co-creation: Special attention will be paid to your submission if you actively help other ITU Innovation Challenge community members advance their ideas. 
  • Ecosystem collaboration: Ecosystem builders who apply to the global ecosystem best practice challenge and have their innovators apply to one of the other challenges will be given special consideration


Winners will attend a four-day global flagship ITU event to learn, network, innovate and scale up.

About ITU:-

The International Telecommunication Union ITU is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is responsible for issues that concern information and communication technologies. It is the oldest global international organization. In an increasingly open global economy, achieving a competitive economy requires new approaches to developing an enabling environment conducive to digital innovation and entrepreneurship across sectors. ITU research has shown that there is a growing digital innovation divide among countries. This innovation gap is at the heart of the digital divide, and many national policies and strategies often fail to close it. So, ITU aims to close this gap for a more digital global environment.

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