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Monday, April 16, 2012

ITU 2nd Green ICT App Challenge Focuses on Smart Energy

International Telecommunication Union (ITU) along with Telef√≥nica earlier in the year announced two ICT Application challenges to uncover the innovative role of ICT in Sustainable Energy to support the 2012 UN declared International Year for Sustainable Energy for All. The first challenge known as "Green ICT Hackathon" was held on February 28-29, 2012 during World mobile congress held at Barcelona, Spain. The 2nd challenge focuses on innovative concept paper for which the deadline is extended till 31st May, 2012 is open to all ITU member state including India. 

ITU Press Release 
"The 2nd Green ICT Application Challenge invites innovative Concept Papers for ICT applications that support ‘sustainable energy for all’. As the global economy undergoes a necessary shift towards renewable energy sources and sustainable energy production, ICT is playing a key role in transforming energy distribution, with technologies such as smart grid, smart metering, smart billing and electro-mobility allowing people to exert more direct control over the volume of energy they consume. ITU encourages entrants to submit Concept Papers that build on these exciting innovations, suggesting new ways in which users can improve their own energy efficiency.The winning entry will receive a cash prize of USD 3,000 at an award ceremony to take place during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012. For more information on the 2nd Green ICT Application Challenge." 

Ideas for the Challenge 
Below are some ideas for topic areas, but these are simply suggestions and should not limit your imagination
  • Energy efficiency: in sectors such as smart buildings, intelligent transport systems, smart homes, etc.
  • Access to Energy: smart metering, energy billing systems, energy management, etc.
  • Renewable Energy: smart grids, renewable energy potential, electric vehicles, etc
Who Can Apply 
The Challenge is open to individuals from "member state" of the ITU. Individuals must be of the age of majority in their country at the time of entry.Staff of the ITU and of the sponsor(s) of the Challenge as well as members of the Jury are not eligible to participate in this Challenge.

Prizes
A cash prize of USD 3,000 will be awarded by the ITU for the best and most innovative Concept Paper.

Timeline 

The submission period begins on 1 February 2012 at 12:00 PM Central European Time (“CET”) and ends on 31 May 2012 at 12:00 PM CET.

Award Ceremony
The author of the best and most innovative Concept Paper for a “Sustainable Energy for All” ICT application will be awarded the cash prize of USD 3,000 in Paris, France, on 18 September 2012 during the 2nd ITU Green Standards Week

Information about the Challenge, including Rules, Timeline, Award, is available on the ITU-T website at: http://itu.int/ITU-T/climatechange/greenict/

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