Share your Ideas at Crowdsourcing Platform for BYND 2015:Global Youth Summit

Deadline: 16 August 2013 (to get to attend the BYND2015 Global Youth Summit); 6 September 2013 (to win an Android tablet)
Open to: youth aged 18-25 from member countries of  the International Telecommunication Union (see HERE)
Prizes: two fully funded trips to to participate in the BYND2015 Youth Summit in Costa Rica, plus two Android tablets awarded weekly


Calling on people under 25 to submit your ideas on how tech could/should change our world for the better! The top 2 ideas will win a trip to Costa Rica, other great ideas are already winning Android tablets weekly, and all ideas submitted are being voted on through an ITU crowdsourcing platform for youth to be presented to global leaders at the UN.

One of the main outcomes of the BYND2015 Global Youth Summit is a short policy statement which encapsulates the key issues and recommendations as identified by a worldwide youth community. This is to be presented by President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica to the United Nations General Assembly in September 2013.

Until the Summit in September, there will be extensive online outreach via social media where young people will be engaged to identify key challenges and ideas to help further clarify their priorities for the World We Want post-2015. In line with the Summit, the focus will be on how ICTs can contribute to socio-economic development as well as how young people can make a greater contribution to global policy decision-making processes.

This exercise IS NOT about awarding seed funding or in showcasing projects (or project proposals). This is not a space for marketing or self-promotion, but in highlighting your priorities for ICT use in the context of development priorities, for inclusion in a high-level policy document.

See the video HERE for more details!


  1. 2 Android tablets awarded on a weekly basis every Wednesday.
  2. 2 fully funded trips (“Grand Prizes”) to participate in the BYND2015 Youth Summit in Costa Rica, 9-11 September 2013. To be awarded to the best long term contributors to the platform before 16 August 2013.

The overall winners will be further honoured through a dedicated space on the UN Special Envoy’s website and a signed certificate.

Winners of the Grand Prize will receive from ITU: one (1) roundtrip ticket to San Jose, Costa Rica in economy class (travelling dates from 7 September 2013 to 12 September 2013) and accommodation for five (5) nights in a hotel chosen by the ITU. Meals will be provided.


Individuals must be aged 18 to 25 as of 16 August 2013 to be eligible for BYND2015 crowdsourcing prizes. The weekly prizes will not be awarded to the same recipient more than once, and may be subject to an identity check via email and/or telephone.

The Challenge is open to individuals from Member States of the International Telecommunication Union (see HERE).


Participants must register and submit ideas on the crowdsourcing platform set up for BYND2015, available HERE. Only submissions submitted through the crowdsourcing platform will be considered.

Participants may submit their ideas until 6 September 2013. Participants may submit more than one idea. Submissions will be shortlisted by the BYND2015 Youth Advisory Board and evaluated by a Jury comprised of 3 members of ITU senior management.

The winners of the weekly prize of the Contest shall be selected by the Jury each week (two winners per week), starting Friday 26 July 2013 and ending Friday 6 September 2013. The winners shall be selected through a combination of leaderboard points and the quality / substance behind their ideas and submissions.

Decisions of the Jury are final and without appeal. The evaluation criteria are as follows:

  • Objectives – Does the idea address a key issue faced by the ICD4D community? Is it forward-looking? Does it propose solutions?
  • Impact – How does the idea impact social, economic or environmental development?
  • Innovation – How inspired and original is the idea?

The two (2) winners of the Grand Prize will be selected by the Jury and announced on Wednesday 16 August.

For further details see the terms and conditions HERE and the official website HERE.

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