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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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2021 highlights

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What they said

Kevin Choi We need the ESG principle in the satellite industry: environmentally friendly with no debris or interference; sustainable; and governance to provide equitable services. CTO, KT Sat
Kevin Choi
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
Sanjay Kaul
It’s the architecture itself, the efficiency in optics, the convergence, introducing cloud native architectures and bringing in security into every piece of this new architecture - that’s our definition of the future of the internet
President, Asia Pacific & Japan, Cisco Systems
Sanjay Kaul
Luke Ibbetsen The ability to blend together the capabilities of terrestrial networks with satellite networks to help provide a more sustainable solution that covers everywhere on the planet has a great deal of merit Head of R&D, Vodafone
Luke Ibbetsen
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 The only thing that matters is the real business case. It is very easy to define a use case with 5G, but you need to find a positive return on investment in a reasonable time span – and it takes time to identify this sweet spot. Chief Expert, Communication Technologies for the IoT, Robert Bosch GmbH
Andreas Mueller
Jean Philbert Nsengimana We urgently need to reimagine our world as one where digital inequality and exclusion are excluded Honorary Chairperson, Alliance for Affordable Internet
Jean Philbert Nsengimana
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
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
Yuhong Huang, Digital transformation is important for the whole of society and needs the cooperation of the whole ecosystem. Government plays a key role in setting direction, policy, support and coordination Secretary-General, GTI & Deputy General Manager, China Mobile Research Institute, China GTI
Yuhong Huang

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