The World Health Organization (WHO) has partnered with the ITU Telecom World Young Innovators Competition to invite young people to develop their ideas to provide solutions to create smart cities that will slow down or mitigate the effects of climate change.

Using information and communication technologies (ICTs), social entrepreneurs who are 18-30 years old from all around the world can research, post and discuss solutions to real world problems. These include new technologies or fresh uses of existing technologies, services, and systems which would shape a smart city. Ideas may focus on monitoring of or reporting on climate change, mitigating or adapting the impact of climate change on society, or on changes in technology and society that lead to a greener community.

The ideas with the greatest potential or most enthusiasm will progress to the collaboration stage and be turned into complete business concepts. At the end of the competition, two winners will join ITU Telecom World 2014 in Doha, Qatar, from December 7-10 to pitch their ideas in front of industry leaders and national governments, participate in workshops, benefit from a year of ongoing mentorship, and win up to $5 000 in seed funding.

To learn more, visit ITU Telecom World.