Why the ITU Digital World Awards?

As the UN specialized agency for ICTs, with 193 Member States, over 700 private sector entities and 150 years of sector expertise, ITU understands the critical role of ICT solutions in accelerating social and economic development across emerging and developed markets alike. ICT-based applications, solutions and initiatives are uniquely powerful and effective in improving lives all around the world.
The Awards Programme at ITU Digital World celebrates this innovation and creativity by aiming to:


the most promising and effective initiatives using ICTs innovatively for social good – whether created by entrepreneurs, SMEs or large-scale industry players


best practices and the cross-fertilization of ideas
for innovative socio-economic development


a platform to network, mobilize investment and
create new business opportunities for ICT solutions with social impact

The Awards and who can enter

The ITU Digital World Awards are open to all exhibitors and sponsors present at ITU Digital World, whether within a National or Thematic pavilion, as an independent stand or with an SME workstation. The Awards are presented in the following categories:
SME Awards

for the most promising solutions from SMEs
making innovative use of ICTs for social impact.

Industry Awards

for the most promising innovative solutions from
large companies in a range of categories.

for the National Pavilion at ITU Digital World with three or more of the most promising innovative SMEs present at the event who have applied for the Global SME Awards

Host Country
SME Awards

for the best and most innovative SME or solution from ITU Digital World’s host country
Recognition of
for the best innovative exhibitor within each National Pavilion at ITU Digital World

Why enter the Awards?


Benefit from international visibility before, during and after the event

Engage with governments, policy-makers and regulators at the highest level

Take home the exclusive ITU Digital World Award Winner trophy and certificate
Win UN recognition as an innovative ICT4D solutions provider

Network with potential partners, customers and leads from public and private sectors, emerging and developed markets

Take part in the SME Programme of capacity building and skills workshops, business matchmaking and networking events

How to apply

You can enter the Global SME Awards and Host Country SME Award by completing the application form available here. For the Government Award, National Pavilions should encourage SMEs within the pavilion to apply using this form; all countries with a minimum of 3 SMEs applying here will be eligible for this Award.​​

You can enter the Global Industry Awards by completing one or more of the application forms below.

The deadline for applications is 19 July 2019. Early applications are encouraged, as jury evaluation is an ongoing process and earlier applications are more likely to receive feedback.

ITU Telecom World Awards 2019 – Winners and Finalists

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners of the ITU Telecom World Awards 2019!
2019 Winners and finalists
Our 2019 Global SME Awards Jury
Our 2019 Global Industry Awards Jury

Our Jury

A distinguished jury of experts will select a shortlist of Global SME Awards applicants to pitch their solutions onsite at ITU Telecom World. Winners in each category other than the Global SME Excellence Award will be selected from this shortlist and announced on the final day of the event. The winner of the Global SME Excellence Award will be chosen following live head-to-head pitches during the high-profile Awards Ceremony.

A second jury with experts in each vertical sector will select the winners of the Global Industry Awards based on social impact, innovative use of ICTs, business model, scalability & replicability, and environmental sustainability.

Award winners' success stories