The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is currently accepting entries for the ITU Telecom World Awards 2018 acknowledging the best innovative initiatives around the world employing ICTs for social good.

The ITU Telecom World Awards which was launched in 2015 acknowledges entrepreneurs; small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and large industry players for creative and productive use of ICTs for social good.

The Awards also offers a platform that engenders exchange of knowledge for better operations, networking, investment mobilization, viable partnerships and new business opportunities.

According to ITedgenews, the ITU Telecom Awards 2018 welcomes entrants in the following categories:

  1. Global Corporate Awards for the most promising innovative solutions with social impact within large companies in two categories: sustainable development and smart emerging technologies.
  2. Global SME Award for the most promising solutions from SMEs making innovative use of ICTs for social impact, in a number of different categories.
  3. Host Country SME Award for the best and most innovative SME or solution from the Host Country.
  4. 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.

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.

All ITU Telecom World 2018 sponsors and exhibitors, either participating within a National Pavilion or Thematic Pavilion, as an Independent Stand, or with an SME Workstation, are eligible to enter the awards.

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.

For more information on ITU Telecom World 2018 and the ITU Telecom World Awards, visit www.telecomworld.itu.int