Giga

Giga Connectivity Forum

Geneva, 8-10 July 2024

About Giga Connectivity Forum

Taking place from 8-10 July at ITU headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland, the first ever Giga Connectivity Forum convenes high-level representatives from Ministries of Education, ICT and Communications Regulatory Authorities from countries engaged with Giga (by invitation only) to meet, network, take stock of where we are today and chart a course to achieving universal school connectivity by 2030.

Objectives

  • Evaluate progress made towards school connectivity in countries where Giga is actively engaged and explore opportunities for enhanced regional collaboration.

  • Create a networking platform for government ministries and the broader multistakeholder community dedicated to school connectivity to share best practices, address challenges and identify opportunities for enhancing school connectivity.

  • Outline Giga Centres, the Barcelona Tech Centre and upcoming Geneva Global Connectivity Centre and Learning Hub and explore their role in supporting country advancements.

Programme

Our three-day programme spotlights Giga’s core activities and two centres, with knowledge-sharing and networking opportunities throughout:

18:00 – 20:00 

WELCOME RECEPTION  

Venue : RESTAURANT CERCLE DU RHÔNE. Rue de Saint-Jean 98, CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland) 

Informal gathering for country delegations, international experts and ITU and UNICEF teams.

ITU Headquarters, Geneva 

Entrance through the Montbrillant Building: 2 rue de Varembé, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland 

SEGMENT I – GIGA OVERVIEW & COUNTRY PRESENTATIONS 

08:00 – 09:00 

Badging at ITU Montbrillant Building Entrance

09:00 – 12:35

Popov Room

09:00 – 09:15 

Welcome and Opening

09:15 – 09:45 

Destination 2030: Giga Vision and Outlook

09:45 – 10:15  

Key Learnings, Challenges and Priorities From the Countries Engaged With Giga

Part I: The Experiences of Giga’s Earliest Country Partners  

This session will allow Giga’s earliest country partners to share Key Learnings, Challenges and Priorities on their journey towards school connectivity.  

With the participation of: 

  • Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) 
  • El Salvador 
  • Honduras 
  • Kenya 
  • Niger 
  • Rwanda 
  • Sierra Leone

10:20 – 10:30

Keynote Address: Special Topic I

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break at the Foyer of the Popov Room 

11:00 – 12:30

Key Learnings, Challenges and Priorities from the Countries Engaged With Giga (Part II) 

Organized by region, this session will allow countries to share Key Learnings, Challenges and Priorities on their journey towards school connectivity.  

11:00 – 11:35

A: Key Learnings, Challenges and Priorities from Africa 

  • Benin  
  • Botswana 
  • Guinea 
  • Lesotho 
  • Namibia 
  • Sao Tome & Principe 
  • Zimbabwe 

11:35 – 12:15 

B:  Key Learnings, Challenges and Priorities From Latin America and the Caribbean  

  • Antigua and Barbuda 
  • Belize 
  • Dominican Republic 
  • Grenada 
  • Trinidad & Tobago 
  • Brazil 
  • Panama 

12:15 – 12:35 

C:  Key Learnings, Challenges and Priorities From Europe and Central Asia 

  • Bosnia & Herzegovina 
  • Kyrgyzstan 
  • Mongolia 
  • Uzbekistan 

12:45 – 13:45 Networking Lunch at the Foyer of the Popov Room 

SEGMENT II – WORKING SESSIONS ON CORE GIGA PROGRAM AREAS: MAP, MODEL, FINANCE, CONTRACT, CAPACITY BUILDING  

13:50-17:30 

2nd floor of Montbrillant building 

13:50 – 14:00 

Keynote Address: Special Topic II 

14:00 – 14:30 

Introduction to the Giga Model: Map, Model, Finance, Contract, Capacity Building 

This session will give attendees an overview, and the opportunity to discuss in detail experiences and priorities associated with the key Giga program areas. 

14:30 – 17:30 

Coffee & Tea Stations available during the Demo Session at Montbrillant Lobby Ground Floor, Grab and Go station  

14:30 – 17:30 

 

Giga Product Showcase: Map, Model, Finance, Contract and Capacity Building for School Connectivity 

Through three rounds of 60-minute demo sessions, participants will get a deeper look at Giga Products ready for deployment.

17:30-18:00 

Transfer by coach to the Reception – Departure from Montbrillant building.

18:00 – 20:00 

RECEPTION  

Hosted by the Swiss Government and Canton de Genève at the Residence of the Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the Office of the United Nations in Geneva 

Venue: Villa Saladin, 2 Plateau de Frontenex, 1224 Cologny, Switzerland

20:00 – 20:45 

Transfer by coach from the Residence of the Swiss UN Mission Representative to Cornavin Geneva Train Station 

ITU Headquarters, Geneva  

Entrance through the Montbrillant Building: 2 rue de Varembé, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland 

07:30 – 09:00 

Badging at ITU Montbrillant Building Entrance 

07:45 – 08:45 

Working Breakfast at Montbrillant 2nd floor 

“Increasing Impact Through Collaboration: Joining Forces to Harness African Union’s Year of Education for Connectivity and Inclusive Digital Transformation” (invitation only for African constituents) 

This session will engage African representatives and the broader Giga community to spotlight successful collaborations taking place in the region during the Year of Education and Digital Transformation. A special emphasis will be placed on how to replicate and adapt these collaborations, and how stakeholders can contribute to this process.

SEGMENT II: CONTINUATION – WORKING SESSIONS ON CORE GIGA PROGRAM AREAS: MAP, MODEL, FINANCE, CONTRACT, CAPACITY BUILDING 

09:00 – 12:30 

2nd floor of Montbrillant building 

09:00 – 11:00 

Giga Product Showcase: Map, Model, Finance, Contract and Capacity Building for School Connectivity 

Through two rounds of 60 minutes demo sessions, participants will get a deeper  look at Giga Products ready for deployment.

11:00 – 11:30 

Coffee Breakfast Breakfast at Montbrillant Lobby Area, Grab and Go Station 

11:30 – 12:20 

Giga Product Showcase: Map, Model, Finance, Contract and Capacity Building for School Connectivity: Conclusions and Wrap-up

12:20 – 12:30 

Keynote Address: Special Topic III

12.30-13.30  

Networking Lunch at Montbrillant 2nd Floor

SEGMENT III – SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MODELS FOR SCHOOL CONNECTIVITY  

13:30 – 15:30 

2nd floor of Montbrillant building

13:30 – 15:30

Sustainable Business Models for School Connectivity  

This session will explore ideas, policies and practices to help ensure the financing for school connectivity is sustainable, affordable and adopts a whole-of-government approach. 

15:30 -16:00

Coffee Breakfast Breakfast at Montbrillant Lobby Area, Grab and Go Station

 SEGMENT IV- SPECIAL TOPICS 

16:00 – 17:30 

2nd floor of Montbrillant building

16:00 -17:00

SEGMENT IV- SPECIAL TOPICS 

These special topics, though not part of the core Giga programme, are critical if Giga is to help achieve the broader outcomes that are enabled by universal school connectivity.

16:00 -17:00

Sessions in parallel: Session 1: Safe Digital Connectivity for Children and Schools

The session will bring unique knowledge, insights and expert voices from the Safe Online portfolio of grantees and key partners, including highlights about multistakeholder collaborations. Panelists will share the latest insights on trends, safety policies, successful strategies and future visions to ensure children are safe in a world of universally connected schools. The conversation will be framed to promote exchange and alignment between different perspectives and agendas. Key points and potential opportunities will be shared with participants after the event to facilitate further engagement.

16:00 -17:00

Sessions in parallel: Session 2 The Power of Soft Infrastructure: The Case for DPI for Education 

Building upon the concept paper that ITU is developing with other UN Agencies, entitled “The Case for DPI 4 Education,” we will present an interactive workshop / guided discussion to explore the potential of DPI 4 Education in countries where Giga is active. 

16:00 -17:00

Sessions in parallel: Session 3: Device Access (to be confirmed)

17:00 -17:10

Keynote Address: Special Topic IV

17.10 -17.30 

Giga Connectivity Forum Closing Session

 Further details on speakers and individual session flows will be provided shortly. 

Information for delegates

Organized by ITU and UNICEF, the Giga Connectivity Forum will gather key government representatives in digital education and infrastructure from the countries engaged with Giga to achieve its goal of connecting every school in the world to the internet by 2030. The Connectivity Forum will deepen understanding of Giga’s activities, from mapping school locations to developing sustainable business models, and provide practical lessons from various countries as they pursue their journey to school connectivity. An essential outcome of the event is to increase regional collaboration and accelerate the impact of Giga at the global level through knowledge exchange and community building. Along with high-level representatives from the Ministries of Education; Information and Communication Technologies, and Communications Regulatory Authorities, the event will include the participation of high-level experts and organizations for achieving universal school connectivity.

The event will take place on 9 and 10 July at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva. Participants are welcome to join a networking reception on 8 July.

An official evening reception at the residence of the permanent representative of Switzerland to the Office of the United Nations in Geneva will take place on 9 July (Address: Villa Saladin, 2 Plateau de Frontenex, 1224 Cologny, Switzerland)

The Giga Connectivity Forum is an invitation-only event. If you are interested in attending, please send a request to: giga@itu.int

Invited participants include: 

  1. Representatives of the Ministries of Education, Ministries of Information and Communication Technologies, and of the Communications Regulatory Authorities from the countries engaged with Giga;   
  2. High-level leaders and experts from the private sector, civil society, international organizations and academia partnering with Giga. 

The meeting will be in-person only, but we may record some sessions.

All in-person participants must register in advance and will have to collect their badge at the reception desks in the Montbrillant building of the ITU. 

Please note that there will be no onsite registration. 

For more information, please access the logistic note here

Location and point of contact

Location

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Place des Nations 1211, Geneva 20 Switzerland.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact: giga@itu.int