The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has announced that the ITU Telecom World 2016 is scheduled to hold November 14-17 in Thailand.
ITU described the event as the leading UN global technology event which has aided in building ITU’s status as UN agency for ICT.
ITU describes the event as an avenue to celebrate and support the innovative use of ICTs in applications, tools and initiatives accelerating social and economic development around the world.
Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General, said “ICTs are powerful catalysts in driving sustainable, inclusive socio-economic development and improving lives in developed and emerging markets alike,” adding that “the ITU Telecom World Awards highlight best practices, share ideas and inspiration, and facilitate direct access to policy makers and private sector leaders at the highest level.”
Zhao also said Telecom World provides the endorsement, support, visibility and connections needed to take promising ICT initiatives to scale, to grow business and develop potential for the good of us all.”
Five categories of awards to be presented at the ITU Telecom World 2016 include Global SME Award for the most promising innovative solution from an SME, and Thematic Award for the most promising innovative solutions with social impact from an SME or larger company working within a specific vertical sector, such as education, health or disaster communications
The other awards to be presented are: Partner Award – presented by ITU Telecom World partners to innovative ICT initiatives with positive social impact, Recognition of Excellence certificates for the best innovative SME within each National Pavilion at ITU Telecom World 2016, and Host Country SME Award for the best and most innovative solution from Thailand.
ITU said award winners, whether small and medium enterprises (SMEs) or larger industry players, will benefit from international recognition, global visibility and unique networking opportunities to mobilize investment and create new business opportunities for ICT solutions with social impact.