The Young ICT Leaders’ Forum is a platform for the Youth from worldwide to gather together in order to learn and to share ideas about ICT development and innovations. It is also a forum where they can pursue their career advancement and opportunities to realize their entrepreneurship through a network of professionals and experts as well as capacity building programme.


The Young ICT Leaders’ Forum was established by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Busan Metropolitan City under their MoU to establish a framework of cooperation on the ‘Busan Initiative’. The MoU, which was signed at the ITU Plenipotentiary Meeting 2014 (PP-14) in Busan city, sets out the following purposes:

Promoting the engagement youth in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)

Develop the capacity of youth to benefit from the use of ICTs, promote the employment of young professionals (with special focus in the ICT sector), and engage and incorporate the views of youth in international ICT fora.

Promoting research on emerging ICT technologies, particularly Internet of Things (IoT)

 Highlight the need for interoperability and international standards enabling the interconnection of IoT devices, system, and services; and facilitate participation in ITU activities related to IoT.

Decreasing the digital divide

Activities to further measure the digital divide among groups with specific needs, including youth, promote affordable access to ICTs, support educational program and highlight global best practices on this matter.

The first forum jointly convened by ITU and Busan was held at the ITU PP-14 known as ITU Youth Forum. Subsequent forums under the new brand of ‘Young ICT Leaders’ Forum’ were organized in 2015 and 2016 both in Busan city.

YILF 2015

The Young ICT Leaders’ Forum 2015 was held during 9-11 December 2015 at BEXCO, Busan city. Out of 110 applications from 44 countries, 35 applicants from 26 countries were selected to join the forum.

The objectives of the forum were to present a community to Young ICT Leaders whereby they could share ideas and innovative concepts for the advancement of future IoT industry. More importantly the forum is aimed to provide networking opportunity between participants and the industry for professional development.

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Young ICT Leaders’ Forum & Busan Global Smart Cities Challenge

YILF 2016 was held during 7-9 September 2016 in Busan City. The forum for the first time featured ‘Busan Global Smart Cities Challenge’, which was a competition opened for young people to present their innovative ideas on harnessing the power of digital technologies in making a city smarter, safer, and friendlier to environment thereby improving quality of life of the citizens. The forum was organized in collaboration with and the National Information Society Agency (NIA) and the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (Republic of Korea), and supported by LG CNS, and ATDI.


This 2016 Forum was attended by 235 participants from 22 countries over 3 days. Out of 235 participants, 39 participants came from about 22 countries; 27 foreign participants currently stay in Korea; and 168 people are Koreans.

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Busan Global Smart Cities Challenge

The Busan Global Smart Cities Challenge, organized as part of the Forum was open to applications from around the world. Out of 246 applications, 25 people were selected to join the forum. The successful applicants were sponsored by Busan Metropolitan City for their air travel and hotel accommodation.

Winners were awarded a round-trip air ticket and hotel accommodation for attending the ITU Telecom World 2016 to be held in Bangkok, Thailand during 14-17 November 2016.

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The Young ICT Leaders’ Forum is open for participants in the age group of between 18 and 35 years old and from any sectors and organizations such as public sector, industry and private sector, academia and R&D organizations, media and journalists, and etc.



The Busan Metropolitan City and ITU are providing fellowships for participants from ITU-fellowship eligible countries which are Least Developed Countries (LDCs) or Low-Income Developing Countries. Those who wish to request for the fellowship must submit an essay describing, inter alia, their academic and/or professional experience and their aspirations during the online registration. Selection for fellowship awards will be made based on these essays.

  1. Round-trip Air Ticket
  2. Accommodation
  3. Local Transportation
  4. Meals




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