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CIPS Founding Fellow Only Canadian Receiving Two UN Honours for Innovation

The International Federation for Information Processing (IFI) announced, Stephen Ibaraki, CIPS Founding Fellow and founding managing partner for REDDS Venture Investment Partners, received the Silver Core Award for excellence. Given out every three years, he is the only Canadian recognized and one of two from North America. IFIP President Mike Hinchey, lauded Stephen for developing and progressing the profession over many years. IFIP founded in 1960 by UNESCO, is the largest federation of ICT societies from more than 50 countries representing over half a million scientists and professionals.

In June, Stephen was the only Canadian to receive the United Nations ITU WSIS Champion Prize for founding the IFIP Global Industry Council. The UN International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the UN agency responsible for technology, represents 193 countries, 800 organizations including 130 universities and research institutes. Earlier in 2017, Stephen was recognized by Microsoft with the Most Valuable Professional Awardfor his work as a world leading technologist, top 5 blogger and his contributions and speaking with the UN General Assembly. In May in recognition of his global standing,  Stephen keynoted at the International Conference on Software Engineering, the world’s top conference in the field funded by the National Science Foundation.

In November Stephen was the only Canadian invited to review and edit the first UN ITU Emerge reporton technology startups and SMEs entrepreneurship and innovation. The publication, A Review of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in the ICT (Information Communication Technology) Sector, provides a review of micro, small and medium sized-enterprises in the ICT sector (tech MSMEs), as well as the environment and stakeholders which support these firms to grow and create jobs. Stephen was invited to the jury for the global innovation awards and chaired the B2B dialogue between MSMEs and Multinationals. Stephen also chaired the first UN ITU sessions on AI (artificial intelligence) at their flagship annualUN ITU Telecom World conferencefor governments and industry and their annual flagshipUN ITU Kaleidoscope conferencefor academia.

In October, Stephen was the only one from North America invited to chair the 60th Anniversary Special Sessionsat the United Nations ITU World Telecommunications Standardization Assembly held every four years. The results of the work is highlighted in the UN WTSA snapshotsummary report that went out to 77,000 leaders in government, industry, and academia. He keynoted the sessions on digital financial services and AI, introduced the session keynotes and then moderated the panel sessions that followed. Stephen is now organizing the first UN ITU conference on AI and the only Canadian receiving the distinction as IBM Watson AI XPRIZE Ambassador.

 

References

IFIP news release: http://www.ifipnews.org/ifip-presents-eight-silver-core-awards/

Microsoft MVP at the UN: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/mvpawardprogram/2016/03/28/two-mvps-speak-to-major-government-and-industry-leaders-2/

UN ITU Champions: http://groups.itu.int/stocktaking/WSISPrizes/WSISPrizes2016.aspx#champion-projects

[page 17 C10: Ethical Dimensions—Creation of the Global Industry Council]

http://www.itu.int/net4/wsis/stocktakingp/en/Database/Search?pId=1453854226

 

UN ITU Emerge report:

http://newslog.itu.int/archives/1437

http://www.itu.int/en/mediacentre/Pages/2016-PR48.aspx

http://www.itu.int/dms_pub/itu-s/oth/06/36/S06360000013301PDFE.pdf

https://www.itu.int/pub/S-GEN-EMERGE.01-2016/en.

 

From the Jury (judges):

Awards: http://telecomworld.itu.int/2016-event/awards/

Jury: http://telecomworld.itu.int/2016-event/awards/jury/

 

B2B dialogue between MSMEs (startups, small, medium enterprises) and MNCs (multinationals)

http://telecomworld.itu.int/daily-highlights-3/b2b-dialogue/

Founder and Chairman Technology Advisory Council Financial Services Roundtable (FSR:~ 100 top CEOs in US financial services, $92.7 Trillion USD managed assets, $1.2 Trillion annual revenue) FinTech Ideas Festival (FIF—200 technology and financial services CEOs/leaders invite-only summit)
 

Story on the impact of technology as chair of FSR technology council:
http://fsroundtable.org/big-ideas-series-ai-of-everything-driving-a-financial-services-digital-quake/

http://ai.xprize.org/about/partners-supporters

XPRIZE AI web site together with other articles we have written.  http://ai.xprize.org/news

 

In the news: United Nation ITU News

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE STANDARDS: WHAT’S NEXT? (VIDEO)

https://itu4u.wordpress.com/2016/10/28/artificial-intelligence-standards-whats-next-video/

 

COULD TECHNICAL STANDARDS FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE HELP US ACHIEVE THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS?

https://itu4u.wordpress.com/2016/09/13/could-technical-standards-for-artificial-intelligence-help-us-achieve-the-sustainable-development-goals/

 

The growing signs of AI planning and implementation

http://telecomworld.itu.int/blog/the-growing-signs-of-ai-planning-and-implementation/

 

 

Managing Partner REDDS Venture Investment Partners: 

http://www.reddsvip.com/

 

CIPS Fellow:

http://www.cips.ca/stephen-ibaraki

 

IDG-IT WORLD writer:

http://www.itworldcanada.com/author/sibaraki

 

LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sibaraki

 

In the News:

http://bit.ly/29miw49

http://www.itworldcanada.com/blog/jeff-dean-talks-large-scale-deep-learning-with-tensorflow-for-building-intelligent-systems/384318

http://www.ifip.org/images/stories/ifip/public/Newsletter/2015to2016/news_jun_2016.pdf(page 4)

global News360:
http://news360.com/article/354977545

http://www.itworldcanada.com/blog/the-fourth-industrial-revolution-every-enterprise-needs-a-plan/383980

http://fsroundtable.org/fsr-launches-fintech-collaborators-program/

http://www.ifipnews.org/ict-un-sustainable-development-goals-wsis/

IFIP News (see pages 5 and 6)
http://www.ifip.org/images/stories/ifip/public/Newsletter/2015to2016/news_mar_2016.pdf

Microsoft MVP impacting global governments and industry

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/mvpawardprogram/2016/03/28/two-mvps-speak-to-major-government-and-industry-leaders-2/

UN/ITU IFIP: http://www.ifipnews.org/professionalism-at-un-wsis-review/

UN IFIP: http://www.ifipnews.org/global-ict-community-un-general-assembly-2015/

UN Speech: http://www.itu.int/en/itu-wsis/Documents/UNGASideEvents/Speech-IFIP.pdf

UN GA IDG: http://bit.ly/1i9RGdX

WCC/UN IDG http://bit.ly/1j9rctI

WCC IFIP http://www.ifipnews.org/ifip-world-computer-congress-2015-begins-in-south-korea/

UN IFIP http://www.ifipnews.org/united-nations-references-importance-of-ict-professionalism-in-driving-sustainability-outcomes/

UN IFIP http://www.ifipnews.org/ifip-ip3-chair-global-industry-council-speaks-to-un-general-assembly/