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ITU launches 2014 Young Innovators Competition

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ITU, a leading United Nations agency for information and communication technology, has launched the fourth edition of its popular ‘Young Innovators' competition, seeking out talented young thinkers and social technopreneurs across the globe, and encouraging them to showcase their innovative ideas at the upcoming ITU Telecom World 2014 in Doha in December this year.

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"Open to start-up founders aged 18-30 years from across ITU's 193 member states, the first challenge of the 2014 edition is looking for the most promising tech start-ups that are inspiring the creation, aggregation or digitisation of dynamic local content, particularly in non-Latin scripts," ITU said in its statement.

The first stage of the contest, which focuses on local digital content, has been launched in partnership with Ooredoo, which is supporting Qatar's hosting of ITU Telecom World 2014. With experience in encouraging relevant local content and inspiring start-ups across the Mena region and Asia, Ooredoo will provide key support for the contest.

"Entries can be submitted by start-ups that are involved in script content, resolving the technical challenges of digitising non-Latin scripts through innovative technologies or pinpointing fresh uses for older technologies, such as optical character recognition, voice recognition or translation software," a release said.

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Two start-ups will be selected as winners of this challenge by a selection committee of experts and invited to attend ITU Telecom World 2014.

"At the event itself, they will enjoy mentoring and workshops on entrepreneurial skills, opportunities to meet and network with leading ICT players and the chance to showcase their projects at the Innovation Space, a dedicated show floor pavilion," it said.

In additions, the prize money of up to $10,000 in the form of seed funding will be awarded to implement and bring to scale winning start-ups. The competition will comprise a number of different challenges, the first of which focuses on local digital content.

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