IPID 7th International Annual Symposium 2012

Wednesday, 5th September 2012 at 8am - 5pm Thursday, 6th September

Location: University of Agder (UiA), Kristiansand, Norway. Room nr HU-022, Ground floor, H-building, Campus Gimlemoen (close to the main entrance)

This event is in the past.

List of participants with presentations are here.
Some photos of this event are here.
Final program schedule is avalable here

The 7th Annual Symposium of the International Network for Postgraduate Students in the area of ICT4D (IPID) will be held 5-6 September, 2012 at University of Agder (UiA), Kristiansand, Norway. IPID is a network of postgraduate students doing research in ICT4D and operates through inter alia support to doctoral and master students and increased visibility at international conferences. The network is administered by the School of Business (Informatics) at the Örebro University and funded by the SPIDER/SIDA.  

Like previous years, the 2012 symposium will provide postgraduate researchers with the opportunity to present their work to a diverse audience and gain valuable experience. It is also an opportunity for young scientists to network and engage with international ICT4D scholars . The symposium will consist of two parts - paper presentations and interactive panels focusing on both professional and academic related questions (e.g. getting published, working in the field of ICT4D, ethical and moral issues in ICT4D research and implications/possibilities of ICT for Development). The aim is to have creative and friendly days where we can discuss and help each other.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

•    Bridging the digital divide
•    Applications of ICT for development
•    Mobile technology for development
•    ICTs role in development practice
•    Theoretical frameworks
•    Methodological applications in ICTD research
•    Gender issues and ICT4D
•    Evaluation of ICT4D projects and research  
•    Sustainability and scalability of ICT4D projects

Please note that ICT4D is concerned about “[u]nderstanding precisely how ICTs can make a difference to the lives of the poor and marginalized [...]” (Unwin, 2009, p. 1). Read

Submission and presentation guidelines

Right after IPID 2011 a group of participants gathered informally to discuss the symposium formula and suggested some possible improvements. Everyone agreed that the traditional format of a sequence of oral presentations, while still being common practice in international conferences, has grown unsatisfactory as a method to effectively share experiences among young scholars and enable mutual learning, so to constitute a truly new generation of scholars. Building on this stimulus, we designed the following 3 innovative formats to choose from when submitting a proposal:  

1.      Paper + conventional oral presentation (15 minutes)


a) Both practical and theoretical papers, completed as well as research in progress, are welcome. Papers should be submitted to M. Sirajul Islam (sirajul.islam@oru.se).

b) Max length of the paper 3500 words, along the guidelines of ITD Journal.

c) Max length of the talk: 6 minutes, to allow for 9 minutes of Q&A;

 2.     TED talk (20 minutes)


a) It has to contain a story from your direct personal experience as a researcher;

b) Max 1 keyword per slide: use images - descriptive,  iconic, metaphorical - instead of text. No bullet points allowed.

c) Max length of the talk: 10 minutes, to allow for 10 minutes of Q&A;

d) Use a clicker/remote control and do not stand behind the podium.

 3.     Role-play (30 minutes )


a) The researcher presents his work by setting up a short sketch of a problematic situation related to her/his research;

b) S/he will ask other IPID attendees to volunteer as actors and will provide them with a detailed description of their role as well as with a minimal plot of the simulation, to be acted out without long preparation.

c) The researcher will have 7 minutes for the preparation of the scene, selecting and briefing actors, 3 minutes for the first performance. After that, the researcher has 20 minutes to animate the debate with the audience linking it to her/his research, explaining why the scene captures her/his core interest and/or what makes it problematic and possibly ask other audience members to substitute one of the actors and replay the scene differently, while preserving its plausibility.

IPID “veterans” Paolo Brunello and Inés Bebea are available to assist via Skype any candidate who would like to choose the third format to clarify how to prepare the role-play.

On the evening of the 4th of September they will animate an ICT4Drama workshow as a warm-up socialising activity to help create the informal, collaborative atmosphere that has always characterized IPID PG symposia and that will break the ice for truly interactive sessions in the following days.  

The scientific value and academic professionalism of the presentation will still hold as the main beam for the selection of the proposal by the organising committee. Should two proposals be assessed equal under these main criteria, the one adopting a more innovative format will be favored. 

All presentations will be video-recorded and published on IPID YouTube channel, Ustream and on IPID website (http://www.ipid.se), unless the presenter asks otherwise.

Certificates and best presentation awards

At the end of each presentation, all attendees will be required to provide a personalised feedback to the presenter via a websurvey (please see the sample here). Senior researchers' feedback will be weighted differently in the calculation of the best three presentations, one for each of the 3 format.

'Certificate of Participation' will be given to all the registered attendees.

Keynote speakers

  • Rahul De, PhD, Hewlett-Packard Chair Professor in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Sustainable Economic Development, Quantitative Methods & Information Systems Area, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB), Bangalore, India
  • Øystein Sæbø, PhD, Associate Professor, Head of the E-Government research group, University of Agder, Norway 

Panel session 

"All the questions you have on doing research in ICT4D ... and are not afraid to ask"

  • Professor Maung K. Sein, University of Agder (UiA), Kristiansand, Norway [Panel moderator]
  • Professor Sharon S. Dawes, Senior Fellow, Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany/SUNY, USA 
  • Øystein Sæbø, PhD, Associate Professor, Head of the E-Government research group, University of Agder, Norway 
  • Dr. Bjørn Furuholt, Associate Professor & Head of Department, Department of Information Systems, University of Agder (UiA), Kristiansand, Norway
  • Dr. Iskra Popova, Senior project officer, SPIDER/SIDA, Sweden
  • Devinder Thapa, PhD, Assistant Professor, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden


Important dates

Deadline for paper submission   : 2012-06-15 (Expired)
Notification of acceptance         : 2012-06-25 (Expired)
Early-bird registration ends       : 2012-07-30 (Expired)
Registration ends                   : 2012-08-30 (Expired)
Symposium                           : 5-6 September 2012 (Expired)

* Those who need travel visa, please submit your paper as soon as possible together with the following information for processing of your invitation letter : (1) a proof of your postgraduate studentship (e.g acceptance letter and/or current status), (2) name of your supervisor, or program manager/Coordinator with email address, (3) passport number , (4) nationality, and (5) your address, from the country where you will apply for visa. 

A draft program schedule is now avalable. Please check it above. 

Fees and Registration

Mandatory non-refundable registration fees: €115 (or NOK 838)

(Fees will cover two lunches, sight-seeing (boat-trip) with light dinner, transport between the city center and UiA campus, refreshments and other administrative expenses). 

Please pay securely by PayPal ( A detail payment instructions will be emailed to all the interested attendees. Please let us know if you would like to to Register to this symposium without giving any presentation)  

Travel grants

A LIMITED number of travel grants worth of SEK 4500 each will be awarded to the participants with accepted papers (and with deserving background). This is indeed a partial funding and will be reimbursed after a few weeks of the symposium. If you are interested in it, please submit your paper together with an applcation for travel grants. 

Getting to Kristiansand, Norway and Accommodation 

Getting to the University of Agder (UiA), please follow this link.
Transport to and from UiA

Note that we will arrange transport between UiA campus and the Kristiansand City centre. IPID particiants are suggested to gather sharply at the front of Kick cafe/Hotell Norge at 8:00 on the 5th and at the front of Scandic hotel at 8:30 on the 6th September. You are expected to return to city center from the campus by taxis on the 5th at 16:30 and on the 6th at 17:30.


For Public bus transport between Airport (Kristiansand lufthavn, Kjevik) and City center, please click here

Links for searching cheaper (economy restricted)  flights : SkyScannerDoHop

Link for traveling from Oslo to Kristiansand : NSB


College Taxi and Taxi South offer fixed prices to and from the airport (Travel time:  15-20 minutes)

For Booking:   
Taxi Sør (+47 38 02 80 00)
Agder Taxi (+47 38 00 20 00)

Recommended accommodations (but at your OWN discretion)

Book now, pay on arrival at the hotel : Please visit booking.com (Please check the 'Cancellation policy' of the respective hotels)

Some 'less expensive' hotels : Yess hotel, Budget hotel.

How to reach the University of Agder

Please click here to see the point of departure.

IPID will arrange taxies for both the days departing from Hotel Norge/ Kick Cafe at 8 o'clock.

The University of Agder has good bus connections from the airport, train and bus stations. Be aware that UiA has two campuses, one in Grimstad and one in Kristiansand. The symposium is hosted in Kristiansand.

By bus to Gimlemoen, Kristiansand:

Campus Kristiansand at Gimlemoen (click here for map) has bus stops for local and long distance buses (to and from east of Kristiansand centre). Schedules can be found at
http://www.177-agder.no/. The nearest bus stop is "Spicheren/UiA".

Arrivals by car to Gimlemoen, Kristiansand:

Please see instructions at

Currency & Banking

The currency in Norway is Norwegian Kroners (NOK). Credit cards are accepted at restaurants and shops.


Standard power supply in Norway is 220V/50Hz (two-pin power outlet).

Social activities organized by IPID 

Pre-symposium get-together followed by ICT4Drama workshow and appetizers : 'Kick Cafe' at 18:30. Location : Dronningens gate 8, 4610 Kristiansand

Boat trip with 'light dinner' at 17:30 from this place.  Please note that alternative amusement will be arragned in case of bad weather. 

* IPID Sponsored participants can spend their funded grants even for the purposes of social activities, such as buying extra foods for the dinner during the boat trip.

Further enquiries

If you have any questions about this symposium, please contact any of the organizers below:

Organizing committee

- M. Sirajul Islam, IPID Coordinator (sirajul.islam[at]oru.se)
- Mathias Hatakka, Örebro University (mathias.hatakka[at]oru.se)
- Annika Andersson, Örebro University  (annika.andersson[at]oru.se)

- Paolo Brunello, Royal Holloway University of London, UK
  (Email)  & Event Co-ordinator, IPID2012, Norway

- Øystein Sæbø, Associate Professor, Head of the E-Government
  research group, University of Agder, Norway  (oystein.sabo[at]uia.no)
  Co-chair/Local Host, IPID2012, Norway

Åke Grönlund, Professor, Informatics,  Örebro University
   School of Business, Sweden. Chair, IPID2012, Norway                           

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