WSIS Forum 2017 – 12-16 June

The IEEE Internet Initiative will participate in the World Summit on the Information Society WSIS Forum 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland, 12-16 June. The Forum represents the world’s largest annual gathering of the ‘Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) for development’ community, gathering global multi-stakeholders to discuss the role of ICTs as a means of implementation for the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

IEEE’s position statement, “Building a Sustainable Global Information Society,” shares its vision of a people-centered, inclusive and development-oriented information society as outlined by the UN through WSIS. As part of its commitment to working with all categories of stakeholders to implement the WSIS vision, IEEE will participate in the following WSIS Forum 2017 programs:

First-ever WSIS Hackathon

IEEE is co-sponsoring the WSIS Forum 2017 Hack for Health on 11-12 June. At the first-ever WSIS hackathon, student teams will develop innovative technology solutions to reduce exposure to common risk factors for non-communicable diseases in middle- and lower-income countries and to promote smart, healthy cities.

The WSIS Forum Hack for Health is presented by WSIS Forum, organized in association with ITU and IEEE in collaboration with Be He@lthy, Be Mobile (ITU-WHO).


IEEE intervention at High Level Policy Segment

IEEE President Karen Bartleson will deliver IEEE’s intervention at the High Level Policy segment of the meeting on 13 June. Policy Statements are delivered by high-ranking officials of the WSIS stakeholder community, representing the government, private sector, civil society, academia and international organizations. Bartleson will share IEEE’s support for the WSIS process and working together with stakeholders to develop tangible and actionable programs.

IEEE facilitates High-level Policy Sessions

IEEE Technology Policy and International Affairs Senior Advisor Justin Caso will serve as a High Level Track Facilitator (HLTF) representing the Technical Community for 13-14 June WSIS Forum High-level Policy Sessions, which are organized around themes identified as important by the WSIS stakeholders.

WSIS Prize Ceremony Honors IEEE SIGHT Project in Tunisia

The IEEE SIGHT (Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology) Tawasol project will be recognized during a 13 June WSIS Forum ceremony as one of 90 Champions in the prestigious WSIS Prizes contest. WSIS stakeholders voted for nominees to honor outstanding projects that leverage the power of ICT to accelerate socio-economic development. 

IEEE Tunisia, IEEE Internet Initiative, International Connector and People Centered Internet are collaborators with IEEE SIGHT on the project. Tawasol was designed to create an internet-empowered next generation throughout Tunisia – starting with schools and scaling to reach surrounding communities to increase awareness among families, businesses and local community leaders.

Overview video about the Tawasol project.