12. Outstanding Mobile Contribution to the UN SDGs in Asia

In September 2015, the UN introduced its Sustainable Development Goals — a 17-point plan to end poverty, combat climate change and fight injustice and inequality.

They are the biggest attempt in the history of the human race to make the world a better place.

Mobile networks have the power to accelerate this journey in a way no other technology can. That is why we are united in support for helping tackle the Sustainable Development Goals – or SDGs – as they are known. As mobile is the first industry to come together and get behind the UN, we will continue to ensure that connectivity plays a key role in helping achieve the 17 targets by 2030.

Connectivity is one of the most important enablers of social development and economic growth in our time. And its prevalence in our everyday lives has transformed the way we live, work, access essential services and communicate with each other. To-date we have connected over half the planet, and we won’t stop here. Our purpose underlies our commitment to continue on this path, and help shape a world in which we all benefit from the opportunities that connectivity delivers.

This new award category has been introduced to highlight and showcase the very best examples of mobile connectivity – by Asia’s mobile eco-system – in supporting and contributing to the goals throughout the region.

Judges will be looking for submissions that demonstrate real mobile innovation and ingenuity to support and contribute to any one or several of the challenges set out in the Global Goals, which should not be conceptual but actual implementations – including at least one Asian country – to date.

Entry Deadlines & Key Dates

The Deadline for entries is Wednesday 19 April 2017 (at 5pm CST). The Shortlist will be published at the beginning of June 2017.  The Winners will be announced at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai on Wednesday 28th June 2017.


Below you will find information on eligibility, criteria, supporting materials as well as the questions that you will be asked on the entry form.

Please also refer to the Rules of Entry and Frequently asked questions sections for additional information. To begin your entry, click the ‘Enter Here’ button, and complete the registration information. Once underway, you can save, return to and amend your entry at any time until you formally submit.

The judges will review and score your entry on the basis of the information that you provide in answer to the questions, so please be as accurate and succinct as possible.

Note on The Importance of Video as part of your entry: While you can also add supporting materials in the form of documents, pictures and presentations within the entry form, a short video (of maximum 3 minutes) linked to your submission will help our judges significantly, in terms of visualising the use case and understanding the innovation and partner, client or user benefits.


Entries are welcome from the widest possible range of organisations both in Asia’s mobile eco-system and the wider global eco-system that utilise mobile connectivity to support and contribute to any one or more of the UN’s goals specifically in the region. The subject of the entry must utilise, support, deploy or be accessible via mobile technologies based on open industry standards. Entrants must also demonstrate “Live” implementation, specifically that the entry is operating and available, during up to end March 2017 in at least one Asian country.

Below are some examples of organisations and entities that this category could be appropriate for, however due to the nature of this sector, it is by no means exhaustive. We very much welcome entries from partnerships or a combination of these entities.

  • Public & Private sector partnerships.
  • Mobile Networks
  • Governments & Local Authorities
  • Equipment Manufacturers/ Network Vendors
  • Application & Software Developers
  • NGOs & Charities
  • Academia, Universities, Legal Institutions, Foundations & Associations
  • Education Authorities, Training, Employment & Recruitment Organisations
  • Healthcare, Emergency Services and Public Safety organisations
  • Agricultural, Marine, Wildlife & Conservation organisations
  • Vertical sector organisations e.g. Financial, Insurance, Banking & Retail Institutions
  • Environmental, Weather & Traffic Agencies
  • Rural & Urban Community Groups, Authorities & social enterprises
  • Water, Transport, Energy & Utility companies

Judges will be looking for entries that successfully demonstrate:

  • A tangible, significant contribution to one or several of the UN’s 17 SDGs
  • Genuine or unique technology or service innovation, driven through connectivity
  • Innovation in the business model and future plans for longevity
  • Positive tangible, measurable beneficial impact for users e.g. easy, affordable access

You can submit additional materials to support your entry through direct upload on the entry form.

Please keep supporting information submitted to a maximum of:

  • A link to one x 3 minute (maximum) video
  • Up to three x 1 page documents (word, pdf, ppt) with further information, images, graphics etc.
  • Up to three x web pages (which should be very specific to the entry) linked by URLs

Video: Please provide a URL link to your video on the entry form (e.g. via YouTube, Vimeo or other public, English language video platforms) and if required, please make sure you provide a password. Videos should ideally be in the English language or with English subtitles.

Other supporting information Documents can include data, extracts from analysts’ reports, testimonials or press articles, graphics etc. Please do make sure this supporting information is succinct and clear.

Web pages: If pointing judges to a website within your supporting materials or entry, please include a URL which is to very specific information relating to your entry, up to a maximum of three web pages, as judges will not have time to search websites looking for the pertinent information.

The on-line entry form includes an upload facility for you to provide the above links and documents. You will have the ability to upload three additional files to accompany your entry. These can be pdfs, jpegs, Word documents or PowerPoint, but please, as above, keep these relevant to your entry.

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions, (Please note the maximum text length for your answers including spaces are shown in brackets below):

Preview of entry form questions

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  1. What is the name of yourOutstanding Mobile Contribution to the UN SDGs in Asia’ entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity. (approx. 25 words)
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations? (approx. 25 words)
  3. Please describe the nature of the entry and which one or more of the SDGs Global it addresses (can be one or several)? (approx. 100 words)
  4. Please confirm that the entered product, application or service was implemented, available or deployed in live service and available by end March 2017, and where is it currently deployed in asia? (approx 100 words)
  5. Please confirm that the entry makes use of mobile technology based on open industry standards? (approx. 100 words)
  6. Please describe how the entry makes a positive, significant contribution to one or several of the Sustainable Development Goals? (approx. 100 words)
  7. Please describe the specific technology or innovation, or other unique elements of the entry? (approx. 250 words)
  8. Please provide evidence of tangible, measurable beneficial impact to users through deployment to date e.g. ease of access, affordability etc.? (approx. 250 words)
  9. Please describe key benefits to other stakeholders involved? (approx. 250 words)
  10. Please provide evidence of how the entry has achieved success in addressing the aims of the UN Goals and meeting strategic objectives? (approx. 250 words)
  11. What makes the entry sustainable for the future? (approx. 250 words)
  12. Other information (not provided above) you wish to be considered as critical to the success of your entry? (approx. 250 words)