The ITU Digital World 2021 Opening Ceremony will be live-streamed from Viet Nam here on October 12, 14:00 CEST / 19:00 Ha Noi time

an ITU Telecom event Building the digital world. Together. The 50th anniversary edition of the UN global tech event for government and industry ITU Digital world 2021 Register now Online, September to December 2021 RRT Balancing Priorities Post-Pandemic How can regulators ensure that customers are protected and innovation can flourish as digitalization accelerates? What are the biggest challenges in developing new regulatory approaches? Regulatory Roundtable See full event calendar Expert analysis, international perspectives: join the debate online,
free and open to all.
Wednesday 27 October, 13:30-15:00 (Geneva time)
SME Opening opportunities for SMEs Masterclass: Sustainable startups and SME-corporate collaboration
Thursday 28 October 15:00 - 16:30 (Geneva time)
SME Programme and Awards See full event calendar Catch our ITU Digital World Awards shortlisted SMEs pitching innovative solutions on connectivity live to our ury. And commit to sustainabilty as an SME in our expert-led masterclass. Pitching Day 1 - Connectivity
Tuesday 26 October, 12:00 - 14:00 (Geneva time)
networking Join participants, speakers and ITU staff from around the world on our online networking platform. Click on the link available after each session, pick an avatar - and video chat, visit different spaces or celebrate our 50th! Digital world,
digital networking.

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.  World-class content, whatever the format.

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

Virtual Exhibition. Real value.

Explore 2D and 3D National Pavilions and business booths showcasing digital innovations, technologies, projects and initiatives - online, in the ITU Digital World 2021 Virtual Exhibition.
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Visit the Virtual Exhibition

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

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, 15:00-16:00 (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 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 

2021 highlights









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

Nguyen Manh Hung

Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC)
Viet Nam

Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy
Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy

Paola Vega Castillo

Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones
Costa Rica

Rashad Nabiyev

Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Tan Sri Annuar Musa

Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia

What they said

Nguyen Manh Hung Digital transformation is a mindset Minister of Information and Communications, Viet Nam
Nguyen Manh Hung
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
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
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
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
Miro Salem If you change the economics, you get automation, autonomous networks and solutions – and you get everybody the access we all have Global Head of AI and Autonomous Networks, Rakuten Mobile, Inc.
Miro Salem
Jocelyn Karakula AI will be key: we cannot manage on a legacy mode such complex and enhanced modern networks CTIO, Orange Middle East and Africa
Jocelyn Karakula
Jean Philbert Nsengimana The digital divide is not about being on line or off line but about meaningful connectivity – everyday use on an appropriate device with fast connection Honorary Chairperson, Alliance for Affordable Internet
Jean Philbert Nsengimana
Luis Felippe Zoghbi Spectrum harmonization sets the scene for investment, industrial planning and the present and future of ecosystems....guaranteeing economies of scale, lower prices and better services Spectrum Policy Manager, GSMA
Luis Felippe Zoghbi
Stephen Michael Talbot Spectrum does not respect borders Head of International Spectrum Policy, Office of Communications
Stephen Michael Talbot

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