World Bank Group Youth Summit 2017 to Hold in December

President, Jim Yong Kim, World Bank
President, Jim Yong Kim, World Bank

The World Bank Group Youth Summit 2017 with the theme: “Technology and Innovation for Impact” is to hold on December 4 and 5, 2017 in Washington DC in the United States.

The Summit will seek to provide youth with a forum to voice their concerns, share their ideas and learn from one another while discussing the challenges and opportunities created by technological shift.

The two-day Summit invites youth who are passionate about expanding the positive impact technology is having in the lives of all. Attendance at the Summit is open to youth aged 18-35 from around the world and will be available globally through livestreaming. The 2017 Youth Summit will have three components – Plenary, Workshops and the Competition.

The Summit will include dynamic high-level plenary sessions which the aim to ignite conversation on fulfilling the opportunities of technological innovation. The plenary sessions will juxtapose youth representatives and speakers from the World Bank Group, the private sector, government, academia and civil society with the objective of engaging a plurality of views on how to reap sizable technological dividends.

Attendees will also participate in workshops that delve into the Summit’s three subthemes – transforming the jobs and skills of tomorrow; leveraging information and communication technologies; and igniting youth entrepreneurship. The workshops will give participants an opportunity to share ideas and experiences and debate how to maximize the potential of Information Communication Technologies all around the globe. More about the subthemes is available in the competition tab.

On the second day of the Summit, the live final of the Youth Summit Competition ‘Technology and Innovation for Impact’ will take place. The competition finalists will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to the audience of attendees and an expert jury. To find out more about how to participate in the competition, visit the competition tab.

A full Summit agenda including speakers is available here.

To register to attend the Summit, please click here. All registration applications must be received by 11:59PM EST on October 10, 2017. This form is to register for the Summit as an attendee, if you wish to participate in the ideas competition you should also register for the competition by visiting the competition tab.

There is no admission fee to attend the event, but all travel and lodging costs are at the sole expense of the attendee. Given the scale of the event, neither the WBG Youth Summit, the Committee, the World Bank Group nor any of its affiliates can provide financial assistance to those attending.

Interested youth are encouraged to find sponsors to pay for their transportation tickets and accommodation for the two days of the event. If attendance to Washington DC is not possible, please send an email to with “WBG Country Office” in the subject line and the Youth Summit Organizing Committee will make an effort to arrange a conference room in the WBG Country Office to watch the event live.

Those who can’t attend in Washington DC, can join online via World Bank Livestream of the sessions. Further details on online viewing will be posted closer to the event date.

To get updates about the Summit please sign up to the mailing list information including blogs, partner events and speaker announcements. Interested persons can also participate in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #wbgyouthsummit.