ITU seeks solutions in tackling climate change

ITU Telecom World Young Innovators Competition has launched a Challenge on Smart Cities and Climate Change in partnership with WHO, seeking innovative ideas on how ICT can help smart cities mitigate or slow down the effects of climate change.

Two winning entries will be showcased at ITU Telecom World 2014 in Doha, Qatar, 7-10 December 2014.

The challenge calls for young people around the world to work together on concepts for new and innovative social start-ups within the field of smart cities to help future communities adapt to or reduce climate change. This might include, for example, new technologies, novel combinations of existing technologies, services and systems, physical devices such as smart grids, software such as big data processing, or services such as community building programmes.

“Extreme weather conditions, epidemics, outbreaks of infectious diseases and air pollution exacerbating non-communicable diseases are examples of how climate change is affecting the health of people around the world,” said Hamadoun I Toure, Secretary-General, ITU.

“ICTs can provide solutions to deal with these situations. This Challenge can entice socially conscious young innovators to find solutions to tackle climate change by developing smart cities that will help reduce emissions, improve economic sustainability and promote innovative use of green technologies,” added Toure.

Dr Toure noted that it is vital to give young people an opportunity to engage with these key issues and  work together as a community, as they will be the ones living with the negative effects of climate on health for generations to come.

Compared to former Challenges, which targeted existing start-ups, Challenge-3 is the first co-creation challenge in the 2014 series, where applicants from around the world submit seed ideas and work together to discuss, exchange ideas and elaborate their contributions to a concept. The ideas with the greatest potential will be identified and further refined into concepts, before the final two winners are selected to join ITU Telecom World 2014 in Doha.

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