Have fun and win one of 4 prizes available! This year IEC, ISO and ITU are organizing a video competition to raise awareness of the importance of standards in our daily life. The best video will be awarded 1,500 Swiss francs, with the three runner-ups each receiving 500 Swiss francs.
Your challenge is to imagine a world without international standards. Picture it, life would be much more complicated! For example, it would be much harder for countries to exchange goods and services, or just communicate. Everyday tasks like online shopping or taking money out of the bank would be almost impossible because standards provide a form of common language that makes things work with each other.
Each year on 14 October, the members of the IEC, ISO and ITU celebrate World Standards Day, which is a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards.
This year the theme of the World Standards Day is:
Standards – the world’s common language
Imagine a world where your credit card would not fit into every cash machine or where you could not just stroll into a shop and find the right lightbulb for your lamp. A world without telephone codes, country and currency codes and access to the Internet. How would you know where a call came from, or how to reach a specific region? If we didn't have standards, communication between people, machines, parts and products would be extremely difficult.