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2017 World Standards Day poster and video contest

The World Standards Day competition is back. In past years, we’ve had first poster competitions, then video competitions – this year we have both. 

World Standards Day 2017 competition

Standards make cities smarter

The theme chosen by IEC, ISO and ITU, the three organizations behind the contest, is Standards make cities smarter. We are looking for the most inspired, creative illustration of how International Standards contribute to making cities smarter. 

The message delivered by the three organizers, may help you get a grasp of the topic: 

"Sufficient fresh water; universal access to cleaner energy; the ability to travel efficiently from one point to another; a sense of safety and security: these are the kinds of promises modern cities must fulfil if they are to stay competitive and provide a decent quality of life to their citizens. 

Building a Smart City is highly complex. Every city faces its own challenges and requires its own mix of solutions. However, there is one common denominator that greatly simplifies this task. 

International Standards support the development of tailor-made solutions that can be adapted to the particular circumstances of a given city. They contain expert knowledge and best practices, and are essential enablers in ensuring quality and performance of products and services. In addition, they drive compatibility between technologies and help users to compare and choose the best solution available. 

Standards also open the door to a larger choice of products and services. They help increase competition and foster innovation. In a systems approach they enable the integration of structures or solutions from different suppliers. 

International Standards make things work safely and smoothly together at every level in cities. They provide the foundation for electricity access and all the many devices and systems that use electricity and contain electronics. They support the information and communication technologies that enable data collection, exchange and analysis, and information security. Last but not least they provide important guidance for all aspects of city life, including energy-efficient buildings, intelligent transportation, improved waste management, building sustainable communities and much, much more.

With Standards, we can make our cities smarter, step by step.  Individual islands of smartness can grow together and interconnect. 

It is comforting to know that International Standards will support smooth and integrated Smart City development." 

The competition

Think about how International Standards allow things to work safely and smoothly together at every level in cities – from travel to communication technologies, to waste management and cleaner energy. 

The objective is to get you thinking about International Standards, because they often go unnoticed behind the scenes. The winning poster and video will be used to celebrate World Standards Day 2017. 

Selection and vote

The three organizers of the competition, IEC, ISO and ITU, will get together and select the top 10 favourite posters and videos based on:

  • Relevance: does your poster/video clearly illustrate a way in which International Standards help make cities smarter?
  • Understanding: do you understand the impact of Standards developed by IEC, ISO, ITU on our lives?
  • Creativity and originality: we are looking for a variety of examples, so you will have more chance if you are not doing the same as everyone else
  • Compliance with the rules and specifications (details on the WSD competition web page 

Once the top 10 favourites are selected, they will be put up for vote on social media channels, and then it will be up to the public to decide! 

The winners in both categories will be awarded CHF 1 500. 


The deadline for poster submissions is 5 June 2017 and for videos 14 August 2017

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