Entries can be submitted online today through 3 August 2018. A distinguished jury of experts will select a shortlist of entrants who will pitch their solutions onsite at ITU Telecom World 2018. The winners will then be announced by ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao at a high-profile ceremony during ITU Telecom World 2018, taking place 10-13 September in Durban, South Africa.
First launched in 2015, the ITU Telecom World Awards initiative recognizes the innovative application of ICTs for social good created by entrepreneurs; small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and large industry players alike. It also facilitates knowledge sharing of best practices, while providing a platform from which to network, mobilize investment, explore partnership potential and create new business opportunities.
The ITU Telecom Awards 2018 welcomes entrants in the following categories:
- Global Corporate Awards for the most promising innovative solutions with social impact within large companies in two categories: sustainable development and smart emerging technologies.
- Global SME Award for the most promising solutions from SMEs making innovative use of ICTs for social impact, in a number of different categories.
- Host Country SME Award for the best and most innovative SME or solution from the Host Country.
- Government Award for the National Pavilion at ITU Telecom Word 2018 with the most promising innovative SMEs present at the event, entering the Global SME Award.
“Previous ITU Telecom World Awards winners have represented the innovative application of ICTs in the areas of e-health, e-education, digital finance, and smart emerging technologies. Winners earn global recognition, helping them to expand and scale up their businesses, while improving livelihoods through their innovative use of technology,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. “ITU is proud to have developed this platform for promoting innovative examples of ‘tech for good’ and I look forward to exploring the next wealth of winners this September in Durban.”
ITU Telecom World is a global platform for accelerating ICT innovations, and is organized annually by ITU. It aims to deliver economic development and social good faster through its exhibition for digital solutions, forum for sharing knowledge, and networking hub connecting nations, organizations and individuals.
“The network and connections you can build at ITU Telecom World are invaluable – from a business perspective, an investor perspective, and a networking perspective,” said Matthias Brodner of South Africa’s Simplus Innovation, winner of the 2017 Global SME Award for best business model.
ITU Telecom World 2018 takes place 10-13 September at the Durban International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa. Under the theme Innovation for a smarter world, it will combine an international tech exhibition, a forum for sharing knowledge, a networking hub for corporates, governments and SMEs, in addition to the influential ITU Telecom World Awards. It provides a unique international platform that brings together developed and emerging markets, public and private sector leaders, and industry representatives from across the entire ICT ecosystem.
For more information on ITU Telecom World 2018 and the ITU Telecom World Awards, visit www.telecomworld.itu.int
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iTunes is going to be shut down officially
After almost two decades of service, Apple is reportedly dumping iTunes.
It first started off as rumors, but now it is going to be made official at WWDC in just a few hours.
Before this, you might have noticed that the Instagram and Facebook page of iTunes has had a slight change.
Posts on both pages has been entirely deleted – Apple’s move at shifting away from iTunes links, I guess.
Before this, there has been separate apps for music on its mobile devices, however, not available for Mac OS.
Relating to that, there is supposedly going to be an announcement for three separate apps for its music, TV and podcasts, and hopefully they’ll also be available for Mac Books.
We’ll just keep our fingers crossed for this and other big announcements at WWDC.
Google Stadia – The Future Of Gaming Or Not ? – Reader Opinion
A few weeks ago, Google announced the release of Google Stadia a new state of the art gaming platform that would change gaming as we know it apparently.
This has been met with a lot of skepticism in the gaming community if this is going to actually work but I believe Stadia has what it takes to change the whole console gaming model that we have been used to for years, However, it would take some time to actually give Microsoft and Sony a run for their money.
Google Stadia actually got me thinking Sony’s Playstation and Microsoft’s Xbox would have a strong problem to contend with when it fully launches this year. Google Stadia’s cross-platform play is something I’m looking forward to, so you can play hardware intensive games on a system or phone with low specs.
Imagine playing PUBG or FIFA on a 1GB RAM Phone or Laptop and it runs without any lagging or glitches. So it’s practically goodbye to having to get a new system to play some games if they are available on Stadia.
I decided to put out this question to you guys on facebook and I was pretty impressed with the replies I got.
Google Stadia Reader Opinion
Apeh Ikechukwu said – Even if it will be the beginning of the end for PlayStation 4 and Xbox, it will take time… A very long time for it to gain popularity and to be accepted by all.
What if it becomes more expensive? That you have to pay huge to access it?
George Oz said – I don’t think to gain popularity is a problem, the announcement alone gathered enough publicity online. And yes it is definitely the end for others Like x-Box and co…Sometimes let’s learn to think Outside the Box.
Osazeme Usen said – Stadia will take quite a long while to catch on. Internet speed is still an issue in most nations of the world. In the long run, stadia will eventually be cheaper than owning a console and purchasing games but that’s not going to happen anytime soon.
Olusola Glory Olamide said – Before we throw those Xboxes, PlayStations, Nintendo Switches and stuffs to the bin of history we have questions to answer.
Will most gamers’ broadband connections be fast enough to make a streaming service of that proposition? Will developers all come on board? And is Google the right company to trust with the future of the games industry? Though we’ve got Apple on board and Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon are also in the launch plus Sony Nintendo and others won’t stay put.
ューセッ州 小岩 マサチ said – I feel we will have to pay for most of the games…and Nigeria’s 4g speed is about 2mb/s.
Samuel Jarvis Adeyemi said -Stadia is a good innovation from Google and I think it’s great since gaming could be done on a device, they said it would be super fast even cheating the speed of light in 4k Res without a glitch.
Anyways Google is the software boss, I think they can do it.
I hope Xbox and PS4 meet up but cloud gaming is not really their stuff. And Google has the resources.
Swiss Alex said – well mainly I would say Google Stadia is a welcome development but Xbox and the ps4 has to upgrade too
Google Stadia Reader Opinion – Join The Conversation
Google Stadia looks like something that would work very well in countries with very fast broadband connections for now. Hopefully, Google would find a way to bridge the gap and fix things before it gets rolled out to Africa and Asia. Nevertheless, it’s a win for gamers with this. So what’s your take on this?
The comment box is yours, let me know what you think