Nº 4 2013 > ICT Discovery
ICT Discovery, one year old
ICT Discovery, ITU’s interactive museum, celebrated its 1st anniversary on 17 May 2013 having attracted 3000 visitors since its official opening a year ago. This is nearly half the number of delegates that come to ITU every year. ICT Discovery is a truly international museum, with 70 per cent of its visitors coming from outside Geneva.
The creation of ICT Discovery was endorsed by the ITU Council in 2008. And its construction was made possible through the generous support of the founding partner, the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates.
Visitors can see the past, the present and the future of communications. The exhibits highlight the history of information and communication technologies and how they have transformed our lives — from the very beginning of humanity, up to the Internet and the mobile devices we carry around today.
The celebration took place in the presence of Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, ITU Secretary-General; Majed Al Mesmar, TRA’s Deputy Director General; Mohamed Ezzeddine Mili, a former ITU Secretary-General, and other distinguished guests.
Expressing ITU’s deep gratitude to the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of the United Arab Emirates for its patronage of this high-tech museum, Dr Touré said: “It is a great pleasure to be able to demonstrate the results of our joint efforts to visitors from around the world. The displays in ICT Discovery provide a snapshot of the interconnected world we live in, and the journey towards instant, global, multimedia communications in the knowledge society of tomorrow. ICT Discovery is a great resource for ITU, for everyone associated with the world of ICT, and for the public at large.”
Mr Al Mesmar said: “ICT Discovery is an exciting and distinct initiative of ITU which showcases the proud history of ICT and provides a preview on prospective ICT artefacts. We, at the United Arab Emirates, are delighted and honoured to be associated with ICT Discovery as its sole founding partner.”
ICT Discovery provides an excellent outreach and education platform for ITU, educating different target audiences, including the general public. It has become a popular venue, where ITU staff give lectures on current ICT issues to students according to their academic profile and needs. Content is integrated into classroom materials, and college students consult ITU Human Resources Management on careers.”
Mr Al Mesmar commented that the growing number of visitors was “very encouraging and inspiring”. He described the children’s programme and educational outreach as “outstanding initiatives, which will help in raising awareness on ICT”.
Concluding his remarks, Mr Al Mesmar said: “The ICT Discovery museum is an excellent addition to the city of Geneva, which houses so many wonderful museums. The setting up of temporary exhibitions and partnership programmes with other museums are also helping ICT Discovery to grow further. We wish the management team of ICT Discovery the very best of luck in their future endeavours and pledge to continue supporting ITU in upcoming projects and initiatives.”