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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Global meeting place
Expert, international perspectives
Government and industry leaders
Technology, policy & strategy trends
Universal connectivity
ICTs for development

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How to take part

World class forum


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


Your brand, message and thought-leadership. At the heart of the international ICT community.

SME Programme


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


A global virtual exhibition platform for the tech industry, featuring National Pavilions and business booths.

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
SME Awards

2021 Speakers

Mohammed Alotaibi

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

Arman Biturganov

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

Julie Zoller

Head of Global Regulatory Affairs, Project Kuiper
United States

Sonia Jorge

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

David Goldman

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

What they said

Roberto Sanchez It is a human centric strategy, putting the person in the core of the digital transformation Secretario de Estado de Telecomunicaciones e Infraestructuras Digitales, Spain
Roberto Sanchez
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
Pham Minh Chính Digital transformation must revolve around people as the subject and object for development. This process will only truly succeed when every citizen can actively participate in digital transformation and reap its benefits Prime Minister, Viet Nam
Pham Minh Chính
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
Victor D Sparrow Adjacent or alternative service allocations are becoming a threat, encroaching on protected bands. Assistant Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN), Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA
Victor D. Sparrow
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
Ruy Pinto We need a better way of harmonizing national regulations with ITU guidelines as otherwise we will end up with less spectrum, not more CTO, SES
Ruy Pinto
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
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
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

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