Why the ITU Digital World Awards?

As the UN specialized agency for ICTs, with 193 Member States, over 700 private sector entities and 150 years of sector expertise, ITU understands the critical role of ICT solutions in accelerating social and economic development across emerging and developed markets alike. ICT-based applications, solutions and initiatives are uniquely powerful and effective in improving lives all around the world.
The Awards Programme at ITU Digital World celebrates this innovation and creativity by aiming to:

Digital World Awards - Recognize
Digital World Awards - Highlight
Digital World Awards - Provide


the most promising and effective initiatives using ICTs innovatively for social good – whether created by entrepreneurs, SMEs or large-scale industry players


best practices and the cross-fertilization of ideas
for innovative socio-economic development


a platform to network, mobilize investment and
create new business opportunities for ICT solutions with social impact

The awards and who can enter

The ITU Digital World Awards are open to all exhibitors and sponsors present at ITU Digital World, whether within a National or Thematic Pavilion, as an Independent Stand or with an SME Workstation. The Awards are presented in the following categories:
Digital World Awards - Global SME Awards

Global SME Awards

for the most promising solutions from SMEs
making innovative use of ICTs for social impact.

Digital World Awards - Global Industry Awards

Global industry Awards

for the most promising innovative solutions from
large companies in a range of categories.

Digital World Awards - Government Award
Digital World Awards - Host Country SME Awards

Government Award

for the National Pavilion at ITU Digital World with three or more of the most promising innovative SMEs present at the event who have applied for the Global SME Awards

Host Country SME Awards

for the best and most innovative SME or solution from ITU Digital World’s host country

Recognition of Excellence Certificate

for the best innovative exhibitor within each National Pavilion at ITU Digital World

Why enter the awards?

  • Win UN recognition as an innovative ICT4D solutions provider

  • Benefit from international visibility before, during and after the event

  • Network with potential partners, customers and leads from public and private sectors, emerging and developed markets

  • Engage with governments, policy-makers and regulators at the highest level

  • Take part in the SME Programme of capacity building and skills workshops, business matchmaking and networking events

  • Take home the exclusive ITU Digital World Award Winner trophy and certificate

ITU Telecom World Awards 2019 – Winners and Finalists

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners of the ITU Telecom World Awards 2019!
2019 Winners and finalists

Our jury

A distinguished jury of experts will select a shortlist of Global SME Awards applicants to pitch their solutions onsite at ITU Digital World. Winners in each category other than the Global SME Excellence Award will be selected from this shortlist and announced on the final day of the event. The winner of the Global SME Excellence Award will be chosen following live head-to-head pitches during the high-profile Awards Ceremony.
A second jury with experts in each vertical sector will select the winners of the Global Industry Awards based on social impact, innovative use of ICTs, business model, scalability & replicability, and environmental sustainability.
Our 2019 Global SME Awards Jury
Our 2019 Global Industry Awards Jury

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