ITU Virtual Digital World 2020 SME Awards

Watch and learn as our SME Awards finalists pitch innovative solutions in connectivity, smart living, e-health and digital finance - and celebrate with the winners in the Awards Ceremony.

 

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, 03 December 2020

Pitching session 7: Smart Cities, Smart Living
SME Awards
12:00 - 13:00 CET , Geneva
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Follow live as our SME Awards finalists from around the world pitch online before an expert jury of tech and industry specialists, investors and mentors. SMEs present their short-listed Smart cities, smart living solutions for 5 minutes - and then face 5 minutes of questions from the jury.

Jury members

Marcell Kovacs

CEO

Maxellco Ltd.

Hungary

Hiroshi Tominaga

Consultant

Japan Battery Regeneration,Inc.

Japan

Paul Conneally

Marketing Lead EMEA

Live Tiles

United States

Yves Zieba

Director

Yves Zieba

Switzerland

Speakers

Linh Tran

Co-Founder

AirWatt

Viet Nam

Ashiraf Nsibambi Kyabainze

Founder and CEO

At Hause

Uganda

Bich Nguyen

BusMap

Viet Nam

Pitching session 8: Smart Cities, Smart Living
SME Awards
14:00 - 15:00 CET , Geneva
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Follow live as our SME Awards finalists from around the world pitch online before an expert jury of tech and industry specialists, investors and mentors. SMEs present their short-listed Smart cities, smart living solutions for 5 minutes - and then face 5 minutes of questions from the jury.

Jury members

Marcell Kovacs

CEO

Maxellco Ltd.

Hungary

Hiroshi Tominaga

Consultant

Japan Battery Regeneration,Inc.

Japan

Paul Conneally

Marketing Lead EMEA

Live Tiles

United States

Yves Zieba

Director

Yves Zieba

Switzerland

Speakers

Mary Mwangi

CEO

Data Integrated Ltd

Kenya

Victor Shabani

Group CEO & Founder

Duella Technology Group

Botswana

Stratis Kamatsos

CEO

Ethically Sourced Network Ltd.

United Kingdom

Pontsho Moletsane

Yellow Beast

South Africa

Monday, 07 December 2020

ITU Virtual Digital World 2020 SME Awards Ceremony
SME Awards
14:00 - 15:00 CET , Geneva
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Join the finalists of the ITU Virtual Digital World 2020 SME Awards, our expert jury and ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao as the Award winners in each category are finally announced!

Keynote speaker

Houlin Zhao

Secretary General

International Telecommunication Union

Switzerland

Moderator

Paul Conneally

Marketing Lead EMEA

Live Tiles

United States

Panelists

Serge Conesa

Founder & CEO

Immersion4

Switzerland

Iwan Kurniawan

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer

Modalku

Indonesia

Past sessions

Wednesday, 02 December 2020

Pitching session 5: e-Health
SME Awards
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Follow live as our SME Awards finalists from around the world pitch online before an expert jury of tech and industry specialists, investors and mentors. SMEs present their short-listed e-Health solutions for 5 minutes - and then face 5 minutes of questions from the jury.

Jury members

Elora Gupta

President

Drug and Device Advisory Group

United States

Chris Odu

Systems Analyst

Ecweb Technology

Nigeria

Neil Sahota

IBM Master Inventor and World Wide Business Development Leader, IBM Watson Group

United Nations

Brian Asingia

CEO

DreamGalaxy

United States

Speakers

Pedro Beirao

Co-founder and CEO

Appy Saude

Angola

Shayan Gupta

Founder and CEO

Audition Technology

United States

Dariusz Wierzba

BD Polska

Poland

Lambert Sonna

Founder and CEO

Global ID SA

Switzerland

Ildephonse Musafiri

Founder and CEO

Higaneza Ltd

Rwanda

Pitching session 6: e-Health
SME Awards
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Follow live as our SME Awards finalists from around the world pitch online before an expert jury of tech and industry specialists, investors and mentors. SMEs present their short-listed e-Health solutions for 5 minutes - and then face 5 minutes of questions from the jury.

Jury members

Elora Gupta

President

Drug and Device Advisory Group

United States

Chris Odu

Systems Analyst

Ecweb Technology

Nigeria

Neil Sahota

IBM Master Inventor and World Wide Business Development Leader, IBM Watson Group

United Nations

Brian Asingia

CEO

DreamGalaxy

United States

Speakers

Victor Nkindi

Hooza

Rwanda

Angelo Charmant Igitego

Karisimbi Technology Solutions

Rwanda

Gehad Ahmed

CEO

Wiqayaa

Egypt

James Gabriel Claude

Chief Executive Officer

Global Voice Group

Ghana

Tuesday, 01 December 2020

Pitching session 3: Digital Finance
SME Awards
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Follow live as our SME Awards finalists from around the world pitch online before an expert jury of tech and industry specialists, investors and mentors. SMEs present their short-listed Digital Finance solutions for 5 minutes - and then face 5 minutes of questions from the jury.

Jury members

Claudia Marcusson

SC Ventures

Singapore

Horore Bell Bebga

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

LIKALO Education

Cameroon

Sola Mugwanga

Business Consultant

Ennovent

Uganda

Emmanuelle Ganne

Senior Analyst

World Trade Organization

Switzerland

Gerassimos Spyridakis

Managing Director

Bank Julius Baer

Switzerland

Speakers

Victoria Munguti

ICT Strategist

Hepta Analytics

Rwanda

Simon Schwall

Founder and CEO

OKO Finance

Israel

Veronica Motloutsi

Chief Executive Officer

SmartDigital Solutions

South Africa

Maxim Interbrick

COO

Zennous SA

Switzerland

Pitching session 4: Digital Finance
SME Awards
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Follow live as our SME Awards finalists from around the world pitch online before an expert jury of tech and industry specialists, investors and mentors. SMEs present their short-listed Digital Finance solutions for 5 minutes - and then face 5 minutes of questions from the jury.

Jury members

Claudia Marcusson

SC Ventures

Singapore

Horore Bell Bebga

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

LIKALO Education

Cameroon

Sola Mugwanga

Business Consultant

Ennovent

Uganda

Emmanuelle Ganne

Senior Analyst

World Trade Organization

Switzerland

Gerassimos Spyridakis

Managing Director

Bank Julius Baer

Switzerland

Speakers

Melinda Havas

Marketing Strategist

ff.next

Hungary

Gunajit Brahma

Co-founder

Farmeasy Technology

India

Ananias Cyrus Zulu

Light Technologies

Malawi

Stephen Muraga

Chief Operation Officer

Nyamukabooks

Zambia

Karunya Samuel

Founder

World In Sign LLC

United States

Monday, 30 November 2020

Pitching session 1: Connectivity
SME Awards
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Follow live as our SME Awards finalists from around the world pitch online before an expert jury of tech and industry specialists, investors and mentors. SMEs present their short-listed Connectivity solutions for 5 minutes - and then face 5 minutes of questions from the jury.

Jury members

Marta Arsovska Tomovska

Advisor

Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications

Serbia

Jeremy Wilks

JOURNALIST

Euronews

France

Raymond Gbegbe

Teacher Researcher

L’Institut National Polytechnique

Côte d'Ivoire

Betty Bonnardel-Azzarelli

Director

AB5 Consulting

United Kingdom

Tony Azzarelli

Founder and CEO

Azzurra-Telecom Ltd

United Kingdom

Speakers

Neha Satak

CEO

Astrome Technologies Private Limited

India

Eduard du Plessis

The Disrupter (CEO)

Fixed Mobile Telecoms

South Africa

Anamol Mittal

GP Advanced Projects

Italy

Stefan Kostic

CEO

IPification

China

Hazimah Sabri

Corporate Executive

Nuara Group

Brunei Darussalam

Pitching session 2: Connectivity
SME Awards
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Follow live as our SME Awards finalists from around the world pitch online before an expert jury of tech and industry specialists, investors and mentors. SMEs present their short-listed Connectivity solutions for 5 minutes - and then face 5 minutes of questions from the jury.

Jury members

Raymond Gbegbe

Teacher Researcher

L’Institut National Polytechnique

Côte d'Ivoire

Tony Azzarelli

Founder and CEO

Azzurra-Telecom Ltd

United Kingdom

Betty Bonnardel-Azzarelli

Director

AB5 Consulting

United Kingdom

Speakers

Dayn Amade

Chief Executive Officer

KAMALEON

Mozambique

Stéphane Coillet-Matillon

CEO and Co-founder

Kiwix

Switzerland

Kelly Odhiambo

CEO

Upeo Kenya

Kenya

Jean Stephane Davy Yoro

CEO

Wirco Technologies

Côte d'Ivoire

Monday, 23 November 2020

Preparing the investor pitch deck
SME Masterclasses
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The CEO of The Startup Club, a global community of entrepreneurs connecting startups with funding opportunities across the world, will present a masterclass on preparing the investor pitch deck. The session will go through the essential elements of a successful pitch and how to best structure an investor-targeted presentation, as well as sharing a template to use in designing your next successful pitch deck.

Speaker

Olga Kuznietsova

CEO

The Startup Club

Italy

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

The ultimate tech startup guide to international expansion
SME Masterclasses
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There is no doubting the growing momentum of tech startups. But despite increasing influxes of capital, questions remain on their ability to scale into new markets. This e-masterclass will provide best practices and guidelines to tech startups seeking international expansion. It will address the big challenges underlying successful internationalization and provide insights into how tech startups can create structures to support high growth and develop a successful, executable Go-to-Market Strategy. Experts will presentcase studies of tech startups, sharing their mistakes and successes. This e-masterclass is targeted at tech startups aiming to expand internationally, entrepreneurs, VCs, angel investors, tech hubs and anyone interested in the growing tech ecosystem.

Speakers

Cathy Sall

Asociate Programme Officer, NTF IV Programme

International Trade Centre

Switzerland

Kô Goma

International Trade Centre

Switzerland

Thursday, 12 November 2020

Keeping safe in cyberspace: cybersecurity for SMEs
SME Masterclasses
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As our presence online expands, so too does your vulnerability to cyber attack. Breaches in security, whether malicious or accidental, can put your data, finances, business and personal live at risk. What does the cybersecurity landscape look like for tech SMEs, startups and entrepreneurs specifically, and what measures can you take to ensure you and your business are as safe as possible? This masterclass explores the importance of cyber hygiene, including the role of human behaviour and culture. It includes recommendations on creating strong passwords and password policies, multi-factor authentication, and anti-virus software, in particular when preventing phishing attacks. And it outlines the importance of timely software updates, backups and recovery – so that your data is secure and your business as successful as possible.

Speakers

Lessie Longstreet

Global Director of Outreach and Partner Engagement

Cyber Readiness Institute

United States

Shehzad Mirza

Global Cyber Alliance

United Kingdom

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Achieving high levels of productivity and quality in your business
SME Masterclasses
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Recent evidence confirms that the quality of management, as well as certain management practices, have a significant impact on enterprise level performance. This masterclass will teach you how to effectively use productivity and quality tools to plan, implement and measure better results in your firm. You will learn how to effectively engage with employees to manage projects for maximum performance. The following practices will be presented: Overview of Kaizen / Lean Manufacturing; Workplace Cooperation; Enterprise Improvement Teams; 5S; 7 Wastes; Measuring results, PDCA. The management practices presented are considered best global practices in industry and have been taught to hundreds of SMEs in over 19 countries by the International Labour Organization's SCORE Programme.

Speakers

Jayantha De Silva

National Project Manager

International Labour Organization

Switzerland

Michael Elkin

Chief Technical Advisor and Global Coordinator for SCORE

International Labour Organization

Switzerland