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

ITU Digital World 2021 is now taking place virtually from September to December 2021.

Join us online for a series of high-level Forum debates and Ministerial Roundtables on digital transformation, the SME Programme and virtual exhibition elements.  World-class content, whatever the format.


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Technology, policy & strategy trends
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Universal connectivity
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ICTs for development

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World class forum

Debate

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

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Connect with speakers, peers and participants in our informal online networking sessions.
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Exhibit

A global virtual exhibition platform for the tech industry, featuring National Pavilions and business booths.
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ITU Digital World 2021 SME Programme and Awards

Opening the door to opportunity for innovative tech SMEs with real social impact. A programme of free, expert-led online SME masterclasses. UN credibility, visibility, partnership and networking in our SME Awards.

SME Programme
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2021 Speakers

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Mohammed Alotaibi

Deputy Governor for Radio Spectrum
Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC)
Saudi Arabia

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Arman Biturganov

Head of Division
Ministry of Digital Development, Innovations and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan

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Julie Zoller

Head of Global Regulatory Affairs, Project Kuiper
Amazon
United States

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Sonia Jorge

Executive Director and Director of Digital Inclusion Programs
Alliance for Affordable Internet (Web Foundation)
United States

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David Goldman

Director of Satellite Policy
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX)
United States

What they said

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
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
Phan Tam, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, Viet Nam
New technologies and digital solutions are providing more and more choices and alternatives for affordable connectivity particularly in under-served and unconnected areas.
Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, Viet Nam
Phan Tam
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
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
Nguyen Manh Hung Digital transformation is a mindset Minister of Information and Communications, Viet Nam
Nguyen Manh Hung
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
Nguyen Manh Hung Digital transformation is a fundamental change – developing countries have less to replace, and less to remove, so can move more quickly and make changes faster Minister of Information and Communications, Viet Nam
Nguyen Manh Hung
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
Mohammed Alotaibi The satellite sector is well placed to drive truly global digital transformation, but this ‘gift to society’ must be managed in a sustainable manner. Deputy Governor for Radio Spectrum, Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Saudi Arabia
Mohammed Alotaibi

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