ITU Innovation Challenge 2020

The ITU Innovation challenge is a global open competition platform for innovators and ecosystem builders. Present ideas and projects, empowering to transform your local communities into thriving digital societies!

Apply for ITU Innovation Challenge

The overall theme of this year’s ITU Innovation Challenge is Rethinking the digital economy’s value chains during the Covid-19 pandemic. There are three challenges to take part in. Digital change-maker challenge is 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 – digital projects that create impact for women in their communities.

Participants will be required to engage in a co-creation process on ITU’s challenge platform. 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. Finalists will attend a four-day immersive virtual Global Innovation Forum, participate in capacity-building workshops, and  pitch their proposals to a global audience of experts and network with decision makers.

Winners will get connected with potential clients and investors and  receive support on pitching of their project. The International Telecommunication Union, originally the International Telegraph Union, 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 with an objective to foster the development of telecommunication and ICT.

The deadline is on 31 July 2020.


Main criteria

  • All challenges are open to any participant anywhere in the world
  • Only one entry per challenge is permitted
  • Winning entries will be selected based on originality, creativity, sustainability, viability, impact, and ecosystem collaboration
  • Special attention will be paid to the submission if candidates actively help other ITU Innovation community members advance their ideas

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