1. Share your ideas
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has launched an online consultation platform to “crowdsource” the priorities of youth, which will be channeled into the Summit by the President of Costa Rica, H.E. Laura Chinchilla, who will also take this voice of youth to the General Assembly in New York.
While anyone can participate in the crowdsourcing platform, it’s important to get youth under the age of 25 to participate online at http://ideas.itu.int. To date, youth have submitted 500 ideas on how to address development challenges using ICTs. These ideas have generated 10,000 votes from peers, as youth select the most promising proposals.
What to do: We want you to join in the discussion! Submit your ideas, vote for the ones you like, and give suggestions in the online consultation platform. To get started, go to http://ideas.itu.int, register, and get started! Don’t forget to identify Telecentre.org Foundation as your source when asked where you heard about the Summit. Online consultation will remain open until the BYND2015 Summit begins.
What you get: Aside from the chance to make new friends and make an impact on global policy regarding youth and ICT, people who register and participate in the online consultation will automatically become part of the ITU-Youth Global Network and get the chance to win exciting prizes. There are 2 all-expense paid trips to the Summit in Costa Rica to be won, and another 50 Android tablets up for grabs: who knows, the next one might go out to you! Note: The deadline for winning the free trip is August 16.
2. Host/attend a Mini-Summit
Although not everyone will be able to attend the BYND2015 Summit in Costa Rica, we’d like to invite those who can to hold a Mini-Summit in their telecentres. Selected sessions will be streamed live during the days of the Summit and people can join in by watching the sessions, participating virtually, and holding workshops of their own.
What to do: To hold a Mini-Summit of your own, first, check to make sure your telecentre meets the minimum technical requirements:
Next, check out the Programme of Sessions that will be streamed live. Once you’ve determined the session(s), you want to follow, send an email to Seuwandi Yapa (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than Friday, Aug 23, with the following information:
Once we hear from you, we’ll email you back with some materials for the Mini-Summit.
What you get: In addition to getting the opportunity to engage with and learn from peers worldwide, telecentres who hold a Mini-Summit will also receive an electronic certificate for their role as a remote hub for the BYND2015 Summit. Participants in your Mini-Summit will also receive an electronic certificate of attendance.
So what are you waiting for? Join the BYND2015 Summit activities now and help us spread the word about this opportunity for youth! You’ll not only get the chance to win exciting prizes and make new friends, you’ll actually get to be part of the solutions to issues affecting youths all over the globe.