Category SDG9 Industry Innovation & Infrastructure

Big Data for big impact: Swisscom’s smart city infrastructure project

17 May is World Telecommunication and Information Society Day with the theme “Big Data for Big Impact.” ITU and our members are exploring how Big Data can help solve the world’s biggest challenges.  Big Data is a valuable tool for 21st century infrastructure projects and the case of Swisscom’s smart city project illustrates how Big Data can help […]

Dubai-based ‘edtech’ startup breaks new ground in youth education

Asafeer Education Technologies, a Dubai-based educational technology (“edtech”) startup that provides online learning resources focusing on enhancing Arabic literacy skills of school kids, was awarded the Transforming Education Prize at the annual Seedstars Summit in early April. The concept of building an audible Arabic digital library came to founder and CEO Amr Abu-Hmeidan when he was having difficulty […]

How Estonia became a leader in tech startups and entrepreneurship

Estonia, the birthplace of Skype, has in recent years enjoyed a well-earned reputation as a startup hotspot — a mini Silicon Valley in the Baltics. But now it’s being recognized as the most entrepreneurial country in Europe — at least according to a recent World Economic Forum (WEF) report that includes analysis of “intrapreneurs” who formulate and implement new ideas within organizations. […]

Agritech app brings Somali livestock farmers into the digital economy

Ari.farm, a new agritech app, is helping to bring nomadic Somali livestock farmers into the digital economy. The idea was inspired by a relatively new concept called “crowd-farming,” an agricultural adaptation of crowd-funding, which connects farmers with investors through a digital platform. As ICT development and access to mobile internet in developing countries is crucial to […]

G20 digital economy meeting highlights key role of ICTs

Last week’s G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Conference in Düsseldorf, Germany marked the first such meeting of digital ministers of the 19 leading economic nations and the European Union (G20). The conference was one of several ministerial-level meetings held to discuss individual G20 topics in-depth in preparation for the G20 Summit on 7-8 July in Hamburg, Germany. It established a general agreement […]

How ICTs can fast forward progress on the SDGs

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) now form the backbone of today’s digital economy. They also have enormous potential to fast forward progress on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and improve people’s lives in fundamental ways. Building the next generation of ICT infrastructure will power the evolution of smart, sustainable cities and communities worldwide. […]

Five ideas to bring the world’s next four billion people online. Which will win?

As we work for progress on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), I believe that there is one intervention that will enable progress on all 17 goals: harnessing the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for social good. Internet, mobile and telecommunication networks have the power to connect people to health care, education and […]