Jovana Miljanovic and Milos Kostic win places at Telenor Youth Forum in Norway

Telenor invites 25 innovators from 13 countries to thought leadership forum on #KnowledgeForAll

What do Jovana and Milos from Serbia, , Imon from Norway, and Greta from Bulgaria have in common? They’re all young, passionate about increasing access to knowledge through digital and mobile technology, and will all gather in Oslo, Norway in December.

These four are amongst the 25 delegates who will join this year’s Telenor Youth Forum in Oslo (#TYF15). The annual event, which coincides with the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony week, will this year centre on the theme of #KnowledgeForAll.
“Our delegates bring unique ideas and thoughts based on multiple perspectives and that are rooted in a range of societal challenges. Most importantly, they see opportunities where others see barriers to making an impact. We want to engage with them to discuss and explore how Telenor and mobile technology can be part of driving inclusive change and improving access to knowledge,” says Sigve Brekke, President & CEO of Telenor Group.
The chosen delegates, 14 women and 11 men aged 18-28, are born into a digital age that encourages and enables untraditional and innovative solutions to societal challenges. 

Jovana Miljanovic (25) has international work experience, vast experience with social networks and social entrepreneurship – her “how to” articles in Serbian have over 100.000 unique monthly visits. She believes that social entrepreneurship through the Internet can make that knowledge becomes available to every young person on the planet, whether they are rich or poor. Milos Kostic (25) is a young researcher, currently working on diverse projects that included architectural design, public interest and living environment. He has put forward an interesting idea how to improve segments of our traditional education system on the example of the digitalization of the architectural projects in Historical archives of Belgrade. 
Read more about the 25 delegates here.
An international selection panel consisting of representatives from civil society, academia and Telenor top management selected the final delegates from close to 2,000 applicants in 13 countries. 
“Universal access to education is in our grasp”
Telenor has invited a range of high-level and inspiring speakers for the Forum programme, who all share a passion for knowledge and increasing access to learning. A keynote address will be given by Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, the world’s largest online encyclopaedia.  “I'm excited to be participating in this year’s Telenor Youth Forum.  The youth are the future, mobile is the future. The dream of universal access to education is in our grasp," says Wales.
Other speakers include:

  • Stefan Velja, young innovator from Serbia & gold medal winner at Brussels Innova 2014
  • Justin Ferrell, award-winning journalist & design-thinker, Stanford University’s 
  • Torbjørn Røe-Isaksen, Norwegian Minister for Education and Research
  • Santeri Koivisto from edugaming innovation MinecraftEdu
  • Laila Bokhari, Norwegian State Secretary & owner of an all-girls’ school in Sultanabad, Pakistan
  • Tim Aye-Hardy, founder of Myanmar mobile education project, myME
  • Zihad Zaman, Jaago Foundation, which runs online schools with Grameenphone, Telenor Group’s company in Bangladesh
  • Kelly Steen from Canadian storytelling start-up Wattpad
  • Julia Firestone, Global Business Coalition for Education’s Global Education Platform 
Empowering a generation of digital natives 
Telenor Youth Forum is a global platform where young opinion leaders from Asia and Europe meet to build bridges across borders through innovative ideas, solidarity and exchange of knowledge and thoughts.
"It’s a goal of ours to encourage young people to raise their voice for issues that matter, such as access to education and knowledge for all. The Nobel Peace Center is happy to once again partner with the Telenor Youth Forum because it gives a global stage to some of the most creative, passionate and optimistic of these voices. They have the chance to be a global fraternity of gifted young people with ideas and a drive to keep us all moving forward – towards peace and knowledge for all," says Executive Director Bente Erichsen of the Nobel Peace Center.