Nº 6 2015 > ITU Telecom World 2015
New focus on young innovators
The ITU Telecom World 2015 event held from 12 to 15 October in Budapest, Hungary, brought together more than 4000 participants from 129 nations to discuss critical issues facing the information and communication technology (ICT) industry.
This year’s Telecom World focused on the role Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs play in driving innovation. It provided a unique international platform for participants representing a wide range of stakeholders from the private sector, government, international organizations, and academic institutions to connect with new innovators, to explore partnership solutions and investment opportunities, and to share ideas and best practices.
The event began with inspiring messages from Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, and ITU Secretary-General, Houlin Zhao, and culminated in a series of Young Innovator awards to highlight ITU’s emerging focus on boosting start-ups and SMEs in the ICT sector.
Discussions were both wide ranging and substantive, but three broad themes central to ITU’s ongoing work emerged as dominant and particularly rich with implications for future ITU activity:
- Boosting the growth of SMEs: What can governments do better?
- Regulatory changes to accelerate connectivity and ICT growth.
- Ensuring trust in the “Internet of Things” era.
The following articles focus on each core theme. They aim to synthesize the discussions in the forum sessions, the exhibition floor, and ad hoc hallway networking, to bring the key issues of the Telecom World 2015 event home to you.