The 2019 and 5th edition of the Youth Global Forum is to be held in Amsterdam between 2 and 6 December. Over 100 talented young leaders and innovators are set to come together to consider, discuss and debate the theme ‘Industry 5.0 vs Inclusive Development: Where is the Future?’
It will involve workshops, keynotes and masterclasses and will provide the opportunity for many young entrepreneurs to pitch their innovative ideas and concepts in front of some of the world’s leading Industry 5.0 and/or Inclusive Development experts. Furthermore, it will provide an excellent networking opportunity for young people to engage and network with one another, policy makers, industry experts and other important stakeholders.
The Forum’s website notes, “We are rapidly moving towards a future where machines and technology are beginning to dominate the work place but how do we deal with this challenge? It seems that whether it be Education, Security, Business or Manufacturing, no aspect of society will be exempt from the continued integration of man and machine. Hence, it’s important to understand how this next Industrial revolution will apply to us so that we can ensure future development is both equal and inclusive for all of us.”
Aspiring entrepreneurs will have the chance to win a Youth Time grant of up to 10,000 Euros or two fully funded scholarships to study a bachelor or master degree of their choice at Zagreb School of Business in Croatia and IPMI International Business School in Indonesia. One lucky attendee will win the opportunity to complete a paid internship at the International Youth Society of Eco Friendly Renewable Technology in India.
Applications are now being accepted. Partial funding or sponsorship is available and the Forum will be open to young people aged between 20 and 35 and fluent in English (reading, writing and speaking). Masters and PhD students are encouraged to apply along with social entrepreneurs, young professionals, persons involved with start-ups, incubators and accelerators.
Applicants can also apply to speak at the conference where they will be given the chance to pitch their project and be in contention to win one of the prizes available. Presenters might also have the possibility of working on their business or concept proposal with an expert in setting up business initiatives prior to the event.
In 2018, the Forum was held in Paris and was attended by participants from over 30 countries. The 2018 Forum reiterated the belief that it is the responsibility of young people to change the world for the better and that knowledge, skills and wealth need to be shared more widely as part of this transformative development process.
For more information visit the Forum’s website.