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Young Innovators Competition - ITU Telecom World

ituYoung Innovators were asked to put to use their knowledge and skills to make the world a better place?

The winning ideas would have the chance to pitch to world leaders and win seed funding.

The ITU invited young innovators between the ages of 18 and 25 to submit a seed idea. According to the rules: “Seed ideas should be realistic, achievable and relevant to the UN's Millennium Development Goals: alleviating poverty and hunger (including smart agriculture); improving education for all; addressing gender inequality; access to health care; and environmental sustainability.”

The result was that 45 finalists from 22 countries were brought to Geneva for training in how to pitch their projects to potential investors. The winners, who were voted for by delegates in Geneva and around the world via online polls, were:

Young Innovators category:

  • Sanniti Pimpley (India) with a project to help urban youth learn while on the bus to work, through onboard screened content.
  • Fab-Ukozor Somto (Nigeria) with the MS2C (Mobile Skills to Cash) texting service that matches NGOs, private companies and public sector opportunities to text-messaged skill-sets of citizens seeking work.
  • Richard Seshie (Ghana) co-founder of Gas'Yo!, a project that helps make delivery of gas more efficient in the last mile of distribution, thanks to mobile apps.

Digital Innovators category:

  • Jian Min Sim (Singapore), whose project involves developing a mobile app that gives volunteers the information they need to stay safe and informed.
  • Hasjra Bibi Cassim (South Africa) for Showmemobi: a mobile app that shares South African stories through film and helps lift people out of unemployment.
  • Andrew Benson (Sierra Leone), for Digital Hope, a service that uses digital tools to empower amputees to sell their own home-made goods.


Visit the website to view the different proposals

Ended: September 19, 2011.

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