About the challenge
The world today has 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24; almost to 90 per cent of whom live in developing countries. Africas population is 1.2 billion. Forty-one per cent of its population is below the age of 15; and 19 per cent are between 15 and 24 years old. Young people especially girls and young women in many developed and developing countries face disproportionate exposure to poverty and unemployment.
Internet connection provides opportunities for young people to access education, quality health care and other necessities. Generation Connect, ITUs youth strategy initiative, aims to improve the lives of young people around the world and ensure meaningful participation of youth as key stakeholders in ITUs implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Generation Connect aims to engage youth globally and encourage their participation as equal partners alongside the leaders of todays digital change, empowering young people with the skills and opportunities to advance their vision of a connected future. Young voices in the international digital development dialogue should be amplified as we all push to connect the unconnected and bridge the youth digital divide. This challenge also exemplifies ITUs long-term commitment to provide youth with platforms to participate in ITUs initiatives.
The Generation Connect Video Pitch Challenge seeks promising and meaningful ideas to connect the unconnected to close the digital divide, highlighting the importance of youth involvement.
Young ICT enthusiasts aged between 18 to 30 years are eligible to participate in this challenge.
Participants must share their ideas through a story on how ITU can achieve its goals to connect the unconnected and close the digital divide.
This story must be conveyed through a video recording no longer than one minute.
Applicant’s video pitch must fit to one of the following categories/topics: