. As highlighted in the 2016 World Development Report “Digital Dividends”, we find ourselves amid the greatest information and communications revolution in human history and must take advantage of this rapid technological change to make the world more prosperous and inclusive. , share their ideas and learn from one another while discussing the challenges and opportunities created by this technological shift.
Youth Summit 2017: Technology & Innovation for Impact will take place December 4th and 5th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC.
The technology of tomorrow will continue to reshape the world as we know it. Here are a few facts to think about.
“In 2016, the Dubai government announced its 3D Printing Strategy, which aims to see 25% of buildings in the city constructed using 3D printing technology by 2030.” Source: CNN
“After watching 5,000 hours of TV, Google’s Deepmind AI was able to lip-read 34% more accurately than a professional lip-reader” Source: New Scientist
The 2017 Youth Summit will include dynamic high-level plenary sessions which aim to ignite conversation on fulfilling the opportunities of technological innovation. Following the plenary session, attendees will participate in training sessions that delve into the subthemes and debate topics previously discussed. The second part of the Summit will feature a live ‘pitch’ competition, which represents the last round of the Youth Summit 2017 Competition ‘Technology and Innovation for Impact’.
Transforming the Jobs and Skills of Tomorrow
The rapid technological changes we are experiencing nowadays are revolutionizing the future of jobs and businesses. Automation is among the main protagonists of this story, as it is expected to eliminate many existing jobs. Thus, many economies face increasingly polarized labor markets and rising inequality, as technology augments higher skills while replacing routine jobs. But just as technology is destroying jobs, it is also creating new ones, generating a demand for new skills to be competitive in the 21st century.
Leveraging Information & Communication Technologies
and no opportunities of participating in the technological revolution. Large parts of these unconnected population are predominantly rural, with low income and high level of illiteracy. Citizens and private sector, as well as governments and regulators all have a critical role to play in addressing these barriers and improving the reach and affordability of ICTs. of the world?
Igniting Youth Entrepreneurship
All around the world, young people see entrepreneurship as a mean to achieve social and economic development. By lowering information barriers and costs, the Internet and other technologies increase experimentation and give rise to new opportunities for entrepreneurship, both in the ICT and the ICT-enabled sectors. How can the next generation of tech entrepreneurs help unleash private sector-led growth, increase productivity and benefit their societies?
Rapid technological changes have created both challenges and opportunities around the world. Would it support the WBG twin goals of ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity?
If yes, then contribute to building the inclusive tech-world of tomorrow by sharing your idea!
Come to the World Bank Group Headquarters and share your idea! Participate in the 2017 competition or register as an attendee.
Deadline for Competition Submission: September 29, 2017
Deadline for Event Registration: October 10, 2017
If you are interested in partnering with YSOC in any capacity, please contact [email protected] or visit our webpage.
Past WBG Youth Summits:
2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013