The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has announced the two winners of the second ITU Telecom World Young Innovators Competition challenge, the Conflict Challenge.
According to ITU, the winners will take part in ITU Telecom World 2015, taking place from October 12-15 in Budapest, Hungary.
The two winners, selected from 121 applications from 56 countries for their demonstrated innovation, business potential and a clear social value proposition in tackling the Challenge, are:
Glorypearl Dy from the Philippines
Her entry, Switotwins is a creative collaborative space that aims to provide a venue for young people to showcase their creativity as artists and aspiring artists. It aims to initiate a set of activities for children to learn more about issues of peace and conflict and express their feelings about the issues through digital media, using their own voice through digital storytelling. Many young people still choose to engage in constructive initiatives that promote mediation, intercultural communication, conflict transformation and peace work projects.
[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General “]“Armed conflict has a devastating impact on society in the short, medium and long term, resulting in immense human suffering from loss of life and property and destruction of infrastructure. ICTs can make many positive contributions in conflict situations to help mitigate the damage, such as restoring communications or improving efficacy of healthcare and emergency responses.”[/blockquote]