IPID 9th International Annual Symposium 2014

Monday, 3rd November 2014 at 8am - 6pm Tuesday, 4th November

Location: Kadir-Has University, Istanbul, Turkey

This event is in the past.

The 9th Annual Symposium of the International Network for Postgraduate Students in the area of ICT4D (IPID) will be held November 3rd-4th, 2014 at Kadir-Has University, Istanbul, Turkey (Google map). See Call for Papers.

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 Boğaziçi University, Kadir-Has University and the 13th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning, 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 research topics.

The main theme of the symposium is, "Making Learning Possible through ICT". However, other ICT4D submissions are invited. 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 sent to senior researchers that are members of IPID for review and will be further reviewed by the organizing committee for quality and relevance. Please send your submissions to 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 presentations 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, and 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 favoured. 

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 web survey (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(300 words): 15 June 2014 (submit to ena@du.se)
Notification of acceptance for Abstract  :25 June 2014
Deadline for full paper submission       :30 July. 2014, Extended to 6th August (submit to ena@du.se)
Notification of acceptance                 :18 Aug. 2014
Early registration (Opens)                 :20 Aug. 2014  upto 30 Aug.
(late registration starts from: 31 August, 2014)
Application for travel grants (opens)     :10 Aug. 2014
Travel grants application deadline        :20 Aug. 2014 (Extended)
Announcement of travel grant receivers :24 Aug. 2014  (latest)


As IPID2014 is taking place in conjunction with the mLearn2014, IPID members with accepted papers will be required to register through mLearn2014. Thanks to the organizing committee of mLearn2014 as this arrangement will also allow the IPID members to attend sessions of mLearn2014 between November 3rd and 5th 2014. Please carefully follow the information on how to register for the symposium/ conference participation and accommodation:

  1. Visit: www.mlearn.org
  2. Download the registration and accommodation forms on home page, fill them in and send the forms to mlearn2014@figur.net or fax them to +90 (212) 258 60 78. CC. to ena@du.se. If you want to arrange your own accommodation, don't send the accommodation form.
  3. On the forms register as Student (member) BUT add  /IPID Student e.g., Student (member)/IPID Student

Note that the early bird registration ends on 31st August, 2014

Keynote Speakers

Prof. John Traxler, University of Wolverhampton, UK
Prof. Traxler is a professor of Mobile Computing and a full professor at University of Wolverhampton. He is the director of the Learning Lab at the University of Wolverhampton and at Built Environment, Information Systems and Learning Technology Research Centre.

Prof. Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, The Open Univesity, UK
Kukulska-Hulme is Professor of Learning Technology and Communication, and Associate Director (Learning & Teaching) in the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University, UK. She is President of the International Association for Mobile Learning, and serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning.

Travel grants

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

The grant covers conference registration and or travel fees. 13 students will be supported. You can apply for a 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 (Masters, PhD.)
- Have his/her paper accepted at the Symposium/conference
- 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 receive the grant please write to ena@du.se with subject "Special Request for IPID Grant".

Organizing committee

  • Edgar Napoleon A., Örebro University
  • Assist. Prof. Senem Yildiz, Boğaziçi Üniversitesi
  • Dr. M. Sirajul Islam, Örebro University
  • Prof. Yasemin Bayyurt, Boğaziçi Üniversitesi
  • Prof. Åke Grönlund, Örebro University

IPID 9th Symposium Programme

The symposium programme can be downloaded below:

Further enquiries

If you have any questions about this symposium, please contact IPID Coordinator at ena@du.se




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