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Uncategorized By Jessica Colaço / April 26, 2012

Young Innovators Competition – Your Innovation on a World Stage


ITU, the leading United Nations Agency for information and communication technology is looking for the next generation of young visionaries for its Young Innovators Competition.

  • Are you aged 18-25?
  • Do you have an innovative ICT based concept or project?
  • Are you a social entrepreneur?
  • Are you in need of resources to take the next step?

Take part in the Young Innovators Competition and you could gain a host of exceptional benefits including:

  • Up to 10,000 CHF in prize money
  • High-level industry mentorship
  • Hands-on workshop training focusing on entrepreneurial skills
  • Networking opportunities with high level delegates
  • Chance to showcase at the InnovatorSpace

The competition calls for innovations which engage the power of ICT to meet real-world developmental challenges relevant to one of seven core areas under the theme of “Youth Innovation for Development”, namely:

  • Education
  • Youth Employment
  • Empowerment of Women
  • Human Rights
  • Healthcare
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Transparency
  • Cybersecurity

Submissions consisting of everything from concepts to ongoing projects are welcome. From these, the twelve most outstanding entries – judged to have the greatest possible social impact and potential for business success- will win the chance to attend and participate in ITU Telecom World 2012, which takes place from 14-18 October in Dubai.

The deadline for initial submissions is 1st July 2012. For further details, and to start the application procedure, please visit

Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at:

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