Forum communities & initiatives


BT experts are actively involved in a number of the WEF communities, initiatives and industry projects ranging from Technology Pioneers selection to Mental Health.

Technology Pioneers

The Technology Pioneers programme has been running for over 11 years and continues to uncover exciting new technologies in the fields of Biotechnology/Health, Energy/Environment and Information Technology, Telecommunications or New Media.

BT partners with the Forum to select the Technology Pioneers that offer greatest potential for long-term impact on business and society. Jean-Marc Frangos, Managing Director of External Innovation, BT is on the Forum’s nomination and selection committee. Typically 30 Technology Pioneers are selected from over 200 innovative nominations.

To read more visit the Forum’s web site

Young Global Leaders

The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a unique, multi-stakeholder community of exceptional young leaders who share a commitment to shaping the global future. Each year the World Economic Forum identifies 200-300 extraordinary individuals, drawn from every region of the world. Together, they form a powerful international community that can dramatically impact the global future. BT's Chief Sustainability Officer Niall Dunne is a member of the Young Global Leaders community and is involved in a number of their initiatives.

Global Agenda Councils

BT experts participate in three of the Forum’s Global Agenda Councils on Climate Change, Mental Health and the Economics of Innovation. Each Council, of approximately 20 members, is tasked with advancing the global agenda on the issues faced per topic with multi-stakeholder action-oriented programmes.

Industry Projects

BT collaborates with the Forum on several industry-led projects and the output and recommendations are summarised in several reports published by the Forum.

Risk & Responsibility in a Hyper-connected World

This Initiative provides a platform for decision-makers to undertake coordinated action to set in place the risk evaluation, detection and response mechanisms necessary to protect networked communications and future growth in the online networked economy.

BT is a leading contributor to this project and one of the founding signatories to the Partnering for Cyber Resilience initiative. To date more than 100 organisations (signatories) have joined the WEF initiative to address cyber resilience as a community.

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Delivering Digital Infrastructure Phase II – 2020

High availability, universal access digital infrastructure is required globally, but may be put at risk by challenges such as market influences, shifting business models and a diverse set of regulatory environments. The project has presented case studies and industry visualisations with scenario planning for 2020, through analysis of the impact and role of regulation, the key trends reshaping connectivity and digital services, and the challenges and opportunities for stakeholders. BT is a leading contributor to this initiative and project. 

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Shaping Norms and Values in Digital Media (Phase III)

This project focuses on three pillars – freedom of expression, privacy, and intellectual property.

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Future of Urban Development Initiative

This initiative helps cities around the world to address major urban challenges and adopt new urban development models. The Steering Board members work with the Forum’s IT and TC communities to explore the implications of tech and big data for cities.

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Engaging Tomorrow’s Consumer

This project is about driving activity for changing consumer patterns. One of the outcomes is “Future Awesome”, which is a youth engagement platform to drive awareness and change in consumer patterns. Another is the “Positive Change Effie Award” whichwill showcase how effective marketing programs can make a positive difference for the environment and for brands

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