Youth Summit 2024: Powering Progress: Youth Leading the Digital Transformation

May 30
 – May 31

The World Bank Group Youth Summit is back for its 11th edition, engaging youth on the most pressing topics facing their generation and bringing together thousands of participants from around the world. This year’s edition will focus on Digital Inclusion, AI, and Sustainable Technology.

The Youth Summit is the largest annual gathering of youth (aged 18-35) hosted by the World Bank Group worldwide. The Summit will take place on May 30-31, 2024, with activities and engagements in different regions and at the World Bank Group headquarters in Washington DC.

The Summit’s mission is to:

  1. Empower youth to explore innovative ideas that tackle development challenges;
  2. Provide youth with the tools to build and engage in impactful projects; and
  3. Promote dialogue between youth, the WBG, and other key stakeholders globally.

Learn more about the different activities coming up and the theme below!



  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 25th, 2024 at 11:59 PM ET
  • CONTACT: Youth Summit Steering Committee
  • [email protected]


The WBG Youth Summit 2024’s theme is Powering Progress: Youth Leading the Digital Transformation, spotlighting youth using technology to solve development challenges. In alignment with the World Bank’s Digital Development Practice, the summit will focus on three subthemes:

1) Digital Access and Inclusion

2) Artificial Intelligence

3) Sustainable Technology for a Livable Planet

When discussing these subthemes, the summit will focus on three fresh perspectives on technology: Youth in areas affected by Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV), Women in Tech and Rural Youth. By giving recognition to these groups, pioneering ideas will be presented on the world stage that tackle the digital divide, promote inclusive and sustainable development, and explore the opportunities and challenges associated with emerging technologies. With the aim of empowering youth to harness the potential of technology, the summit will bring together young minds, experts, and stakeholders to shape the digital future and drive progress towards a more inclusive and sustainable world.

Why is relevant?

In today’s fast-paced world, young people are confronted with a multitude of complex challenges, ranging from the threat of climate change to unemployment and violent conflicts. These challenges demand innovative solutions, and that’s where digital technologies come into play.​

Digital tools not only help us tackle global challenges and respond to unexpected shocks, but they also open new avenues for job creation, market expansion, and improved efficiency. Technology allows for urban planning in smart cities, digital financial services for previously unbanked populations, disease surveillance data platforms to stop the spread, and unlimited other possibilities. ​

However, a glaring digital divide is hindering progress and limiting opportunities, with 2.6 billion people offline globally. The World Bank Youth Summit 2024 will be dedicated to addressing this divide by discussing digital access and the development solutions that can follow using AI and sustainable and green technology.

The Summit will bring together young people, the World Bank Group, and the international community to discuss the impact of digital transformation. Historically marginalized voices, including women in technology, FCV-affected youth, and rural youth will be showcased as we explore ways to bridge the digital gap by providing skills, infrastructure, and promoting technological literacy.