The ITU and Telefónica have launched the third of the ITU’s Green ICT Application Challenges. This year it’s in support of the World Environment Day (on 5 June 2013) and follows up on the ITU/EC Call to Action on “Smart Sustainable Cities”. The aim is to find innovative Information and Communication Technology (ICT) approaches and applications that address global environmental issues in cities and urban areas
With the challenges of a growing population and the rising demand of resources and services, cities need to move towards sustainable growth and development. ICT can provide solutions to make cities of the future smart and sustainable, as well as stimulating positive behavioural changes towards environmental issues.
The 3rd Green ICT Application Challenge invites developers to submit an innovative Concept Paper for an ICT application to help build Smart Sustainable Cities and achieve environmental sustainability in urban areas. Topic areas are:
- Energy management
- Water management and sanitation
- Waste management
- Transport and mobility
- Urban planning, including smart buildings
- Adaptation to climate change
- Smart societies, community engagement and environmental education
The Challenge is open to individuals from ITU Member States. You have until 30 April 2013 to apply – the application form is here. The prize is $5,000 for the best and most innovative Concept Paper and will be presented in Madrid on 5 June 2013 during the 3rd ITU Green Standards Week.
Review: The ITU is becoming increasingly active around sustainability, which is good to see. I seem to mostly report on the impact of IT on sustainability, but communications is at least as important, particularly when it comes to mobile and broadband, and telecommunications is an area in which the ITU has great influence.
If you want to know more about the Green ICT Application Challenge then just search my blog site and you can read about previous competitions.
The Challenge is a good way to raise awareness of the issues, but I do think that the prize is a bit mean. It’s only for a Concept Paper, but it might have more meaning if the prize was enough to at least test out the winning application in the real world.
(And why is the prize for a Europe-only competition clearly specified as 5,000 USD? Are Euros no longer good enough?)