Connecting the World from the Skies

Competition on Non-Terrestrial
Networks for B5G and 6G

It is a global competition that solicits innovative ideas and aspects of the NTN for Beyond fifth-generation (B5G) and 6G networks by submitting a “magazine-style” paper. Organized by the IEEE Future Networks Initiative and sponsored by CITC, the competition seeks students and junior scientists to submit unique ideas to ‘connect the unconnected’ via NTN systems and networks. 

Ten invited/selected applicants will be hosted to present their ideas during the “Connecting the World from the Skies” Forum to be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia between (8-10) November. Furthermore, grand prizes will be awarded to the top three ideas.

A 90-min poster session for 10 invited/selected students and junior scientists will be organized during the “Connecting The World from the Skies Forum” .

Submitted Paper Requirements

  1. Papers should be submitted via EDAS by Sept 8, 2022 at 5 PM Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Time.
  2. The first author of each submitted paper should be a full-time graduate student at the time of submission or should have received his/her PhD in 2020, 2021, or 2022.
  3. The required paper length is up to 6 pages double column (including references, figures, and tables) (Times New Roman, 12-pt font size, and 20-pica column width). The submitted manuscript should not exceed 5000 words in total (inclusive of title, authors’ names/info, abstract, body (introduction to conclusion), figures, tables, captions, footnotes acknowledgements, and references)
  4. Published papers by Sept 8, 2022 cannot be considered but papers under review or in preparation for submission can be considered for this competition.

Selection Process

  1. The first authors of the top 10 papers will be invited for a poster session to be held during the “Connecting the World from the Skies” forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Nov 8-Nov 10, 2022). The selection process will be done through a rigorous review process organized by the IEEE future networks initiative.
  2. The 10 pre-selected papers will undergo a final evaluation for three winners during the poster session. The first authors of the 10 selected papers will have at the beginning the poster session three minutes to present a compelling oration on their paper and its significance and will then move to their poster stand to present it interactively to the delegates/attendees. A jury (selected from the high profile speakers attending the event) will score the first authors based on their 3 minute presentation and posters.
  3. Among the ten finalists, the top-three finalists will be selected based on the jury scores. The winner will be awarded with a Grand prize of 5000 USD. The two runners-up will each receive a runner-up award of 2500 USD.

Summary of Awards

  • One 2022 CITC Grand Prize (first winner – USD 5000)
  • Two 2022 CITC Runner-Up Awards (Second and Third winners – USD 2500 each)
  • Seven 2022 CITC Young Scholar Recognitions (4th to 10th selected candidates). No money prize but invited to attend the “Connecting the World from the Skies” forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Nov 8-Nov 10, 2022).


Franco Davoli 150

Prof. Franco Davoli

Tomaso de Cola 150

Dr. Tomaso De Cola

Giovanni Giambene

Prof. Giovanni Giambene

Joan Bas 150

Dr. Joan Bas

Li You 150

Dr. Li You

Imran Shafique Ansari

Dr. Imran Shafique Ansari

Qinghe Du

Prof. Qinghe Du


Dr. Di Zhang

Abdulah Aljohani

Dr. Abdullah Aljohani

Melda Yuksel

Dr. Melda Yuksel

Felice Manlio Bacco 150

Dr. Felice Manlio Bacco

Fabrizio Granelli

Dr. Fabrizio Granelli

Petros Bithas 150

Dr. Petros Bithas

Manoj Bs 150

Prof. Manoj B.S

Competition Contacts

For any enquiries you can reach the competition organisers using the details below:

Abdulah J. Al-Johani

Communication & Information Technology Commission (CITC), Saudi Arabia

Giovanni Giambene

University of Siena, Italy

Competition Partners