The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the United Nations specialised agency for information and communication technologies, is working with Crowdicity, Google and Ripple on unique global project to mobilise youth to join forces and create solutions for social good.
The BYND2015 Global Youth Summit, in September this year, will bring young people together – online and offline – who are helping their world through technology, to inspire and challenge one another, and mobilise others to do the same. Young people are pioneering the use of new technologies, and driving trends in what is a dynamic and major growth industry. The good news is they are using ICTs, the challenge is to inspire use of ICTs in constructive and empowering ways.
Specific challenges on the themes of the Summit will be explored using the Crowdicity platform, which facilitates advanced feedback which sees users polled on and critiquing others’ ideas through a series of phases in the run up to BYND2015 in September. To help measure the online conversation and ensure a truly global perspective across multiple platforms, Ripple will provide unique analytics and metrics on the key issues being discussed and top trending discussions across the entire web.
What I really like about the Crowdicity platform is how easy they make it to get your crowdsourcing challenges up and running quickly. With a slick front and backend interface, they’ve done a brilliant job of masking the complexity of setting things up. I particularly like their implementation of ‘funnels’, i.e, customisable named and timed ‘stages’, that allow you to build granularity into a crowdsourcing challenge to drill down to better results.
A key attraction to the BYND2015 Summit is the innovative platform it provides for youth to speak to world leaders about their priorities for the ICT sector. A major outcome of the event will be developed around a short policy statement which captures the key issues and recommendations as identified by a worldwide community of young people.
BYND2015 Summit participants will be provided with live updates as well as real time analytics on the nature of the Crowdicity debate in the run-up, and will have the opportunity to drive a truly global discussion around the issues. This will be used as input to frame dialogue and workshops onsite, where additional brainstorming and polling will see a final set of priorities crowdsourced using Crowdicity and ultimately delivered to the United Nations General Assembly by the President of Costa Rica – Laura Chinchilla – in late September.
Visit the Crowdicity BYND2015 ideas community