Deadline: July 31, 2020 00:00 CEST| Apply here
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Eligibility: All challenges are open to any participant anywhere in the world

ITU Innovation Challenges 2020

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. 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.

Rethinking the digital economy’s value chains during 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.

Three opportunities to win

  • Digital change-maker challenge: For innovators with ideas that create a 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 innovators with digital projects that create impact for women in their communities.


A four-day immersive virtual Global Innovation Forum; where winners will participate in capacity-building workshops and pitch their proposals to a global audience of experts and network with decision-makers.

Exceptionally, this year, ITU is looking at an online event due to the changing situation of Covid-19. However, this will be unlike any innovation forum before, should be immersive for any ecosystem participant, and well worth the time for winners and their supporters.

Details to come, but event attendance includes:

  • Virtual networking event and onboarding
  • Cocreation workshops with winners on new skills and capacity
  • Workshops on storytelling and practice in pitching projects
  • High-level dialogue, pitching of their project, expert talks, networking, media corner, partner corner, and matching of winners with potential resources
  • Be engaged in developing a remarkable video story about their project
  • Support in identifying new partnership opportunities and networking with potential buyers, global delegates, investors, government representatives and other attendees
  • Support during the event to help winners further develop their proposals; connect with mentors, ecosystem builders, and potential clients and investors; International recognition
  • 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.

Winners will also join a global network of past winners and innovation champions. This network may offer access to additional resources and mentoring based on mutual interest.

Interested in applying for the ITU Innovation Challenges 2020? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.

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