The UN global tech event for governments, industry and SMEs. ITU Telecom world
Given the large number of ITU events taking place in 2022, this year's ITU Telecom event has been postponed

Our events bring together public and private sector leaders, SMEs, academia and experts from around the world to explore the impact of digital technologies and accelerate digital transformation. We bring you world-class content, debates, exhibition and networking opportunities, whatever the format.


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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 

Event elements

Global visibility

Exhibit

A global exhibition platform for innovative digital solutions, featuring National Pavilions, Industry Stands and tech SMEs
World class forum

Debate

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

Network

Connect with speakers, exhibitors, peers and participants in formal and informal networking sessions and events
Sponsorship opportunities

Sponsor

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

SME focus

Supporting tech SMEs across the world – through exhibition workstations, workshops, debates and targeted networking.
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World class forum

Awards

Opening the door to opportunity for innovative tech SMEs with real social impact. UN credibility, expert mentoring, visibility and networking in our SME Awards and Masterclasses.
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ITU Telecom is 50!

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2021 highlights

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What they said

Pham Minh Chính Digital transformation must revolve around people as the subject and object for development. This process will only truly succeed when every citizen can actively participate in digital transformation and reap its benefits Prime Minister, Viet Nam
Pham Minh Chính
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
Mikael Rylander, Technology Leadership Officer, Nokia
Fixed wireless access will play a key role in bridging the digital divide.
Technology Leadership Officer, Nokia
Mikael Rylander
Roberto Sanchez It is a human centric strategy, putting the person in the core of the digital transformation Secretario de Estado de Telecomunicaciones e Infraestructuras Digitales, Spain
Roberto Sanchez
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
Aarti Holla-Maini Evolution in technology and work on standards will make it much easier to integrate satellite into the network of networks. The legacy divisions between mobile, fixed and satellite are dissolving Secretary General, EMEA Satellite Operators Association
Aarti Holla-Maini
Vaishali Rastogi If this pandemic had happened in 2000, only 0.2% of the workforce would have been able to work remotely. Less than 1% would have had real broadband connectivity. Networks have been the critical glue enabling us to work from home and drive education. Global Head, Technology, Media and Telecommunications at Boston Consulting Group
Vaishali Rastogi
Andreas Mueller 5G is a highly flexible and constantly evolving innovation platform that integrates many different technology building blocks – wireless connectivity with very high performance, edge computing, integrated positioning, time sensitive networking and many more – and may become the digital backbone of digital transformation.

Chief Expert, Communication Technologies for the IoT, Robert Bosch GmbH
Andreas Mueller
Konstantinos Masselos, President, Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission
Next generation networks require dense and heavy fibre deployment. This can be offset by careful resource sharing and planning, together with lowering the cost of core network operations as they become a software defined commodity
President, Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Commission
Konstantinos Masselos
Kenneth Holmlund The only way we can move forward is to have an open and honest discussion on frequency and not exaggerate, but explain properly the impact Head of Space Systems and Utilization, WMO
Kenneth Holmlund

2021 Partners & sponsors