IPID 8th International Annual Symposium 2013

Monday, 9th December 2013 at 8am - 6pm Tuesday, 10th December

Location: University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

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The 8th Annual Symposium of the International Network for Postgraduate Students in the area of ICT4D (IPID) will be held December 9th -10th , 2013 at University of Cape Town, South Africa (Google map).

IPID is the world’s largest 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 Informatics department at Business School, Örebro University and funded by the SPIDER.

In collaboration with University of Cape Town, the symposium is expected to provide postgraduate researchers with the opportunity to present their work to a diverse audience and allow young scientists to network and engage with international ICT4D scholars and experts. The symposium will consist of two parts; the paper presentations and interactive panel discussions focusing on professional and academic related questions for example 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 a creative and friendly environment where researchers can discuss and help each other on their topics.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

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

Papers and presentations

IPID will receive and accept to review papers from postgraduates participating in the conference, who need feedback from fellow researchers. We ask for complete short papers (both practical and theoretical) as well as research in progress. Papers should be submitted in Word format and not exceed 5000 words. All papers will be reviewed by the organizing committee for quality and relevance. Please send your papers to Edgar Napoleon A. (ena@du.se).

To maximize the number of post-graduate papers at the conference, actual presentations will be restricted to 20 minutes.

The formats of the respective presentation are as below.

 1.      Paper + conventional oral presentation (20 minutes)


a) Both practical and theoretical papers, completed as well as research in progress, are welcome. Papers should be submitted to the co-coordinator (s) of IPID.

b) Max length of the paper: 3500 words, guidelines to be communicated.

c) Max length of the talk: 20 minutes, and 4 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: 20 minutes, 4 minutes of Q&A;

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

 3.     Role-play (20 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 14 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.

The scientific value and academic professionalism of the presentation will still hold as the main beam for the selection of the proposal by the organizing committee. Should two proposals be assessed and emerge 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, 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 for the best presentation, for all 3 formats. Certificate of Participation' will be given to all the registered attendees.

Important dates

Deadline for submission of abstract    : 4 May 2013 (submit to ena@du.se)
Notification of acceptance for Abstract :12 May 2013
Deadline for full paper submission      :16 August 2013 (submit to ena@du.se)
Notification of acceptance                : 10 Septermber 2013
*Early registration ends                  : 20 September, 2013
(late registation starts from : 21 September, 2013)
Application for travel grants (open)    :10 September
Travel grants application deadline      :18 September (CLOSED)

As IPID2013 is taking place in conjunction with the ICTD2013, IPID members with accepted papers will be required to register through ICTD2013. Thanks to the organizing committee of ICTD2013 as this arrangement will also allow the IPID members to attend all the sessions of ICTD2013 between December 7th and 10th 2013. Students will receive a reduction on the regular  'Full registration' fees which includes lunch and two evening meals. More information will be announced on IPID website. For registration, please click on this link and select 'Student Full Registration'.

Travel grants

A LIMITED number of travel grants worth USD 900 (SEK 6000) each will be awarded to the deserving participants with accepted papers.

The grant covering conference registration and or travel fees. 13 students will be supported. You can send your application for the grant by e-mail to ena@du.se with subject "Application for IPID Grant". The applicant  MUST be a member of IPID! (you can become a member by registering here: http://groupspaces.com/ipid/join/) and MUST meet one or more criteria below:
- Be a Post-graduate student
- Have his/her paper accepted at the Symposium
- Be from a developing country
- Be a Post-graduate student at a Swedish University

If you do not meet the above criteria but you think you deserve to recieve the grant please write to ena@du.se with subject "Special Request for IPID Grant".

Organizing committee

  • Edgar Napoleon A., IPID Coordinator (ena@du.se)
  • Van Zyl Izak Jakobus, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa (izak.jakobus.van.zyl@usi.ch)
  • Dr. M. Sirajul Islam, Örebro University, Sweden (sirajul.islam@oru.se)
  • Gary Marsden, Professor, University of Cape Town, (gaz@cs.uct.ac.za)
  • Åke Grönlund, Professor, Informatics, Örebro University, School of Business, Sweden

Further enquiries

If you have any questions about this symposium, please contact Edgar Napoleon A., IPID Coordinator (ena@du.se) .

Download the Call for Papers (CLOSED!)

Keynote speakers
We are previlaged to have the following keynote speakers at this year's IPID symposium:
Prof. Dorothea Kleine, Director ICT4D Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Prof. Lorenzo Cantoni, Università della Svizzera italiana (USI, Lugano - Switzerland).
Prof. Kentaro Toyama, University of California, Berkeley, USA.
Prof. Richard Heeks, Manchester University, UK.

We will also have the last panel session where students can ask contemporary ICT4D questions to practioners and senior reseachers. This panel session will be chaired by Prof. John Taxler, University of Wolverhampton, UK.

Details of the symposium programme (sessions, venue details, social activities) can be downloaded below:
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Presentations: Day 1
Keynote Address: Technologies of Choice – Beyond growth-focused or technocentric approaches in ICT4Dent
Prof. Dorothea Kleine, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D at RHUL

Presentation 1: Investigating Students’ Behavioural Intention to Adopt and Use Mobile Learning in Higher Education in East Africa
Joel S. Mtebe, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Roope Raisamo, University of Tampere, Finland

Presentation 2: Introducing Indigenous Knowledge Governance into ICT-based Indigenous Knowledge Management System
Tariq Zaman, Alvin Yeo Wee, Narayanan Kulathuramaiyer, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia

Presentation 3: Social Network Analysis in Understanding Mechanisms Influencing ICT in Health Initiatives among Peruvian Youth
Komathi Ale, University of Southern California, USA

Presentation 4: A mobile based services for information delivery in maternal health – The case of KaTembe, Mozambique
Cíntia Banze, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Presentation 5: ICT for Development of Agriculture in Rural India: Case on Digital Green
Rakesh Kumar Pati, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, India

Keynote Address: The Awareness Campaign about World Heritage in Southern African Development Community: An ICT4D Perspective
Prof. Lorenzo CANTONI, Università della Svizzera italiana (USI, Lugano - Switzerland).

Presentation 6: Design reality gap issues within an ICT4D project: an assessment of Jigawa State Community Computer Center
Rislan Abdulazeez Kanya Dr Alice Good, University of Portsmouth UK, and Surajo A. Musa, Jigawa State Institute of Information Technology

Presentation 7: The impact of International legislation on the sustainability of livestock traceability systems in Southern Africa: Cases from Namibia and Swaziland
Tania Prinsloo & Carina de Villiers, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Presentation 8: The Impact Of Saving Using Mobile Money Transfer Technology Services Among Rural Wage- Earning Women: A Case Study In Maragua District, Kenya.
Nduta Mbarathi, University of Kwa Zulu-Natal

Presentation 9: The information cost of youth unemployment
Andisiwe Jukuda & Kathleen Diga, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Presentation 10: Contextual Assessment of Adoption and Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) by Small Businesses in Lagos, Nigeria.
Fortune Nwaiwu, University of Leicester

Presentations: Day 2 (updates in progress)
Introduction to SPIDER
Dr. Katja Sarajeva, SPIDER, Sweden

Keynote Address: Which Comes First? Social Media or Social Development
Prof. Kentaro Toyama, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Presentation 1: Pilot Study of Social Media Use by Dutch Development Organizations
Anand Sheombar, Manchester Metropolitan University & Utrecht University of Applied Sciences

Ted-Talk on An introduction to design in the real world: the techno-social ecology of the mobile phone as a cultural production tool amongst the “Born-free” generation of cultural intermediaries
Anja Venter, University of Cape Town

Presentation 3:
Using Comparison for Qualitative Data Analysis - An Illustrative Case Study
Ammar Halabi, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Presentation 4: Can you hear me now? Possibilities of an engaged citizenry by way of Izwi loMzansi community radio and mobile phone convergence
Lauren N. Fox, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane

Presentation 5: Government's ICT Strategy and Initiatives in South East Mexico
Claudia Inés Flores Saviaga, Carnegie Mellon University

Keynote Address: The implications for ICT4D research priorities of the post-2015 development agenda
Prof. Richard Heeks, Manchester University, UK

Presentation 6: The Diffusion of the Community-based Monitoring System toward Good Governance: an inter-organizational network perspective
Rong Wang, University of Southern California

Presentation 7: ICT Disparity and Digital Inequality in Emerging Economies: The role of technology innovations in mobilizing information and communication flow in India’s marginalized communities
Niharika Garud, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, India


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