ITU Digital World 2021

Opening Ceremony live from Ha Noi, Viet Nam

an ITU Telecom event Building the digital world. Together. The 50th anniversary edition of the UN global tech event for government and industry ITU Digital world 2021 Online, September to December 2021

ITU Digital World 2021 is now taking place virtually from September to December 2021.

Join us online for a series of high-level Forum debates and Ministerial Roundtables on digital transformation, the SME Programme and Virtual Exhibition.  World-class content, whatever the format.


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Global meeting place
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Expert, international perspectives
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Government and industry leaders
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Technology, policy & strategy trends
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Universal connectivity
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ICTs for development

Programme summary

Forum sessions

27 Oct, 13:30-15:00 (Geneva time):
Regulatory Roundtable - Ensuring participatory regulation for an equitable and safe digital future

5 Nov, 13:30-14:45 (Geneva time):
Upskilling us all: digital skills for a digital world

17 Nov, 13:30-14:45 (Geneva time):
Human at heart: privacy, transparency and accountability in AI

24 Nov, 13:30-15:00 (Geneva time):
Greening our own house: addressing the environmental footprint of digital technologies

26 Nov, 13:00-18:00 (Geneva time):
2nd joint ITU/WHO workshop on digital COVID-19 certificates

30 Nov, 13:30-14:45 (Geneva time):
Securing cyberspace and protecting privacy: meeting the challenges of a digital world

SME Awards

26 Oct, 12:00-14:00 (Geneva time):
Pitching Day 01: Connectivity

2 Nov, 12:00-14:00 (Geneva time):
Pitching Day 02: EdTech

9 Nov, 12:00-14:00 (Geneva time):
Pitching Day 03: Smart Cities

16 Nov, 12:00-14:00 (Geneva time):
Pitching Day 04: E-health

23 Nov, 12:00-14:00 (Geneva time):
Pitching Day 05: Digital finance

1 Dec, 15:00-16:30 (Geneva time):
ITU Digital World 2021 SME Awards Ceremony

Partner sessions

11 Nov, 13:00-15:00 (Geneva time):
The 10th GTI Spectrum and Technology Online Workshop

18 Nov, 08:30-09:45 (Geneva time):
Beyond chocolate: cutting-edge digital solutions from Switzerland

SME Masterclasses

28 Oct, 15:00-16:30 (Geneva time):
Sustainable startups and SME-corporate collaboration

29 Nov, 14:00-15:30 (Geneva time):
Finding the perfect connectivity product to market fit for SMEs 

2021 highlights

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How to take part

World class forum

Debate

Expert speakers, industry and government leaders, world-class debate. Exploring the new realities of digital transformation.
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Sponsorship opportunities

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Your brand, message and thought-leadership. At the heart of the international ICT community.

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SME Programme

Network

Connect with speakers, peers and participants in our informal online networking sessions.
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Global visibility

Exhibit

A global virtual exhibition platform for the tech industry, featuring National Pavilions and business booths.
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ITU Digital World 2021 SME Programme and Awards

Opening the door to opportunity for innovative tech SMEs with real social impact. A programme of free, expert-led online SME masterclasses. UN credibility, visibility, partnership and networking in our SME Awards.

SME Programme
SME Awards Finalists and Winners
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2021 Speakers

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Annabel Lee

Head of Digital Policy, APJ
Amazon Web Services, Inc.

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Ivana Bartoletti

Global Data Privacy Officer
Wipro Limited

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Ruixin Gao

Director of the Data Protection Compliance Department
ZTE Corporation

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Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo

Ag. Executive Director
Uganda Communications Commission (UCC)

 

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Gene Yoo

CEO
Resecurity Inc.

What they said

Jocelyn Karakula AI will be key: we cannot manage on a legacy mode such complex and enhanced modern networks CTIO, Orange Middle East and Africa
Jocelyn Karakula
Neha Satak, Chief Executive Officer , Astrome
Wireless mesh networks are a very good technology to look at - an interesting combination of high and low frequency to working together to solve the backhaul and access problems
Chief Executive Officer, Astrome
Neha Satak
Stephen Michael Talbot Spectrum does not respect borders Head of International Spectrum Policy, Office of Communications
Stephen Michael Talbot
Jessica Rosenworcel
Better data, more focus on mid-band spectrum and more funding are the ticket to making sure that 5G new technologies and broadband reach everyone, everywhere.
Acting Chairwoman, Federal Communications Commission, United States
Jessica Rosenworcel
Miro Salem If you change the economics, you get automation, autonomous networks and solutions – and you get everybody the access we all have Global Head of AI and Autonomous Networks, Rakuten Mobile, Inc.
Miro Salem
Jean Philbert Nsengimana The digital divide is not about being on line or off line but about meaningful connectivity – everyday use on an appropriate device with fast connection Honorary Chairperson, Alliance for Affordable Internet
Jean Philbert Nsengimana
Nguyen Manh Hung Digital transformation is a mindset Minister of Information and Communications, Viet Nam
Nguyen Manh Hung
Pham Minh Chính Digital transformation to build the digital world does not belong to any single country, organization or individual. No country, organization or individual can be exempt from humanity’s digital transformation process Prime Minister, Viet Nam
Pham Minh Chính
Mohammed Alotaibi The satellite sector is well placed to drive truly global digital transformation, but this ‘gift to society’ must be managed in a sustainable manner. Deputy Governor for Radio Spectrum, Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Saudi Arabia
Mohammed Alotaibi
Ruy Pinto We need a better way of harmonizing national regulations with ITU guidelines as otherwise we will end up with less spectrum, not more CTO, SES
Ruy Pinto

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