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 took place online, September to December 2021 ITU Digital world 2021 Read the Ministerial Roundtable Outcomes

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ITU Digital World 2021 SME Programme

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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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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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 

How to take part

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Debate

Expert speakers, industry and government leaders, world-class debate. Exploring the new realities of digital transformation.
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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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2021 Speakers

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Jessica Rosenworcel

Chairwoman
Federal Communications Commission
United States

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Ziyang Xu

Chief Executive Officer
ZTE Corporation

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Amir Algibreen

VP Regulatory Affairs
Saudi Telecom

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Mira Tayyiba

Secretary General
Ministry of Communications and Informatics
Indonesia

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Iveta Lohovska

Principal Data Scientist and AI Ambassador
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

What they said

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
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
Stephen Michael Talbot Spectrum does not respect borders Head of International Spectrum Policy, Office of Communications
Stephen Michael Talbot
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
Rashad Nabiyev Meaningful connectivity is achieved when everyone can use the internet every day using an appropriate device with enough data and fast connection Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Rashad Nabiyev
David Goldman The fundamental constraints on the market have changed, and that's going to encourage more operators and more development, which eventually will lead to lower prices as well Director of Satellite Policy, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX)
David Goldman
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
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
Houlin Zhao Affordable access is everybody’s responsibility ITU Secretary-General
Houlin Zhao
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

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