The seminar was organized by IPID in collaboration with the ICT4D research group at Örebro University and Institute of Social Informatics and Technological Innovations (ISITI-CRI) Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Malaysia. The presentantion can be found on youtube.com/ipid4u
Seminar on 'Global initiatives on Connecting the Unconnected: Myth & Reality'
IPID Seminar on ‘Global initiatives on connecting the unconnected: Myth and reality’
Date & Venue: November 11, 2011, Örebro University, HSF (Forumhuset)
A seminar (click here) on 'Global initiatives on connecting the unconnected: Myth and reality' was held on November 11, 2011 at the Swedish Business School (Informatics) of Örebro University. The focuses of the seminar were how global initiatives on ICT4D were addressing the needs of poor people, how the challenges and development effects had been evident so far, and how effectively ICT could be applied in the development agenda. Distinguished speakers of this seminar were :
- Rahul De, Hewlett-Packard Chair Professor, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore,
- Maung Sein, Professor of Information Systems, University of Agder, Norway
- John Traxler, Director of the Learning Lab and Professor, University of Wolverhampton, UK
- Dorothea Kleine, Director, MSc Practising Sustainable Development (ICT4D specialism),
UNESCO Chair/Centre in ICT4D, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Åke Grönlund, Professor of Informatics at Örebro University and Chair of AIS Special Interest Group on Electronic Government (SIGeGov) presided over the seminar.
IPID funded domestic travel grants to some of its members for attending this seminar.
The 2011 Annual Conference of the International Network for Postgraduate Students in the Area of ICT4D (IPID) was held at Università della svizzera italiana (USI), Lugano, Switzerland. This conference granted postgraduate researchers the opportunity to present their work to a diverse audience, and to gain positive and valuable experience. It was also an opportunity for young scientists to network and engage with international scholars in ICT4D.
Keynote speakers :
- Dr Wallace Chigona, Associate Professor, Department of Information Systems, University of Cape Town, South Africa
- Dr Gertrudes Macueve, Director of the master’s program in Informatics at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Department of Mathematics within the Faculty of Sciences
IPID 4th Annual Conference 2009: Notice
The 2009 Annual Conference of the International Network for Postgraduate Students in the Area of ICT4D will be held at Royal Holloway, University of London on 11th and 12th September 2009, hosted by the ICT4D Collective and UNESCO Chair in ICT4D (http://www.ict4d.org.uk).
In line with previous IPID events, the conference is intended to be informal. Its main purpose is twofold:
• To let postgraduate students present short papers about their research in a supportive environment where they can gain positive feedback from other participants; and
• To provide an opportunity to discuss key themes of interest to ICT4D postgraduates. The conference organisers would be pleased to hear from potential participants about the themes they would like to have discussed. A formal call for papers and themes will be issued in May 2009.
Research workshop at Örebro University
Dear IPID members, We welcome you to a research workshop at Örebro University June 8-9, 2009!
For those of you struggling with a research paper, a project proposal or a thesis… this is where you want to be! What we offer you is two days of support and discussions in a friendly and creative atmosphere. We will read, listen and discuss during the days and have fun (BBQ at Annika´s place!) in the evening.
The workshop will be a forum where postgraduates can present their ongoing work and get feedback from their peers. The workshop is designed to provide an informal environment where postgraduates can share their research findings and ideas in a non-judgemental way. By attending the workshop postgraduates can improve their understanding of the most significant current research issues and share research ideas and practices in the field of ICT4D. The purpose is also to further strengthen the existing network between researchers within ICT4D.
The workshop is open to all postgraduate students with interests in the area of ICT4D (who are IPID-members!). Further requirements are that you will have to send in a draft or finished paper/thesis/research proposal that you want to discuss and that you are willing to read somebody else’s work in advance. Every one participating will have to make a short presentation of their ongoing work, but focus will be on the discussions. In order to stimulate these discussions all papers will be distributed in advance and each paper will have a main discussant.
To register your interest in the workshop, please send an e-mail to Annika Andersson firstname.lastname@example.org by the latest May 1st. To permit feedback from the selected discussants we will also need your paper no later than May 15th. To maintain the intimacy and richness necessary for this type of event, the number of participants is limited to 15. First come, first served.
There is no registration or attendance fee. There will be hand-outs offered free of charge and IPID will sponsor each participant with up to 1000 SEK for travels and accommodation. We will pay for the food.
Looking forward to your registration and to welcome you to Örebro!
Annika, Gudrun and Mathias
Blended technologies for development
Report from the third seminar on “Blended technologies for development”
On Tuesday March 24th 25 IPID members met in Kista for a seminar on Satellite Communication and its opportunities for developing countries. Olavi Trydhed shared his knowledge and expertise on the potentials for satellite communication within developing and under-developing regions. Topics of the day were: different types of satellite communication including discussions on their bandwidth cost and benefit analysis and comparative analysis with other contemporary technologies.
Discussions also drew on the participants experiences from their own countries. After seven hours of vivid discussions and learning we all returned to our home universities feeling that we now know more about challenges and opportunities for satellite communication in developing countries.
Blended technologies for development
Report from the second seminar on “Blended technologies for development”
On Tuesday February 24th 23 IPID members met in Örebro for a seminar on Fibre Optics, Cables and Broadband opportunities for developing countries.
Professor Björn Pehrsson from KTH shared his knowledge and experiences from Africa with IPID members from Örebro University, Stockholm University, KTH, Göteborg University and Jönköping University – all in all representing 12 different countries.
Topics of the day were network technologies; how to build networks, computer system architecture, typologies, how optical fibre is becoming cheap; and also market considerations, ownership, corruption and so forth.
Discussions drew on Björn´s experiences from Africa which were further enriched by all participants experiences. After three hours of vivid discussions and learning we continued the conversation over a long lunch. We were all very satisfied with the day and feel that we now know more about challenges and opportunities for building networks in developing countries.
"Young" Researchers' Workshop at ICTD2009 Friday 17 April 2009
Call for Papers and Participation
In conjunction with the 3rd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD2009) 17 - 19 April 2009, Doha, Qatar, http://www.ictd2009.org
IPID (the International Network for Postgraduate Students in the area of ICT4D) together with GSHCID (Graduate Students in Human-Computer Interaction and Development) are organising a workshop for "young" researchers to be held on Friday 17 April 2009 8:30am - 5:00pm at Carnegie-Mellon's campus in Doha, Qatar.
Focus: The focus will be on the process of ICT4D research giving the participants an opportunity to discuss and reflect on various aspects of such research.
Program: The workshop aims to provide an informal forum where participants can share their research experiences, initial findings and ideas in a supportive peer-environment. The area of ICT4D includes a wide range of fields of studies. By attending the workshop participants can share and reflect on their research findings as well as on their own experiences in ICT4D research.
The morning session senior academic researcher's panel is now confirmed and includes: Professor Tim Unwin, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, Royal Holloway, University of London, Dr. Michael Best, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Dr. Chris Coward, University of Washington.
Format: Participants will be asked to read everyone's position papers in advance, to maximize face-time at the workshop. The morning session will include presentations of short papers of between 5-10 minutes followed by feedback from both the participants and invited senior academic researchers. The afternoon session of the workshop will revolve around small breakout group discussions, structured around themes to be decided with participants via email prior to the workshop, followed by a closing discussion among all attendees.
Intended Audience: The workshop will be open to all "young" researchers in the area of ICTD/ICT4D. We use "young" broadly to reflect the vibrancy of ICTD as a new discipline, in which we strive to create an inclusive workshop atmosphere where all researchers whether they are students, recent Ph.D. graduates or even senior researchers with a track record in other fields who view themselves as "young-at-heart" researchers congregate to learn from one another about how to do research in the nascent field of ICTD. Space is limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. The morning session will be more generally across ICTD topics, the afternoon session will have a greater focus, though not restricted to HCI issues.
Submissions: If you're interested in attending, submit a short position paper (no longer than 4 pages) describing your prior ICTD research experience and your views on the challenges of ICTD research, and mail it in PDF format to email@example.com by March 1st for review.
Submission of short papers: 1 March 2009
Notification of acceptance: 15 March 2009
Workshop: 17 April 2009
Cost: Workshop attendance is free for ICTD2009 conference attendees.
Attendees however have to be registered for ICTD2009 to attend the workshop, or apply for a waiver.
Attendee Sponsorships: There are very limited sponsorships and waivers for workshop participants. If you need these, you have to apply directly through the website at: http://www.ictd2009.org/scholarships.html (the deadline is Feb 25).
Organisers: IPID has 320 members representing 224 universities in 77 countries and is sponsored by SPIDER, the Swedish Program for Information and Communication Technology in Developing Regions. Behind the program stands Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology. For further information about IPID: http://www.humanit.org/PID/ For further information about SPIDER: http://www.spidercenter.org/
GSHCID was formed by participants at the HCID workshop at CHI '08. It is a virtual group, with biweekly discussions held via teleconference, with participants from North America, Africa and Asia. In each meeting, one person leads the discussion, covering either their work-in-progress research, or presenting research papers or thoughts on issues in ICTD/HCID. Recently, the group has begun inviting ICTD experts to present and discuss their work with the group. To join GSHCID, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Afternoon Session (GSHCID):
Jahanzeb Sherwani, Carnegie Mellon University, USA Matthew Kam, Carnegie Mellon University, USA Divya Ramachandran, Univ of California, Berkeley, USA Tapan Parikh, Univ of California, Berkeley, USA
Blended technologies for development
Report from the first one-day course on “Blended technologies for development”
On Monday January 26th we were 23 IPID members that visited Ericsson in Stockholm for a full day education on Mobile technologies for development.
Ericsson started the day by sharing their view on what is happening in the field of M4D. They told us about their work with the Millennium villages and their project “Communication for All”. Recent trends and applications were discussed as well as the challenges and opportunities they see for the uptake of mobile phones. The major challenges they perceive are: infrastructure, affordable services, regulation and taxation. Solutions suggested mainly concerned the lowering of energy consumption – solar and wind power have produced some astonishingly good results. Furthermore, many personal stories of people in developing countries were presented to show how the use of mobile phones has managed to increase both their quality of life and income.
The most popular themes for the day were, however, the practical, hands-on demonstrations that we were given. The first demonstration took us on a historic journey from the very first telephones to the first “mobile” phone (not so mobile actually) up until today.
The second demonstration was in Ericsson´s Site City where we were physically introduced to different solutions for base-stations, antennas and power supplies. The Site City enabled us to see these solutions in a real life setting, which highly deepened our understanding. After this we were demonstrated the future trends within mobile technology including a miniature beamer that projected what you had in the phone extremely well.
After a long, informative and entertaining day we were all very satisfied with what we had learned. [Pictures from the course]
M4D 2008 - 1st International Conference on "M4D" – “Mobile Communication Technology for Development”
The 1st International Conference on "M4D" was held at Centre for HumanIT, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden, 11-12 December, 2008!
New developments in mobile communication technologies have generated a number of possibilities for economic and social development in low-income countries. M4D 2008 focused specifically on mobile technologies within the broader field of study that has now become known as ICT4D ("ICT for Development"). We strived to have an event where all types of actors were included. There was a research stream with a traditional conference design and a practitioner’s stream where industry, NGOs, and public bodies disseminated their knowledge. M4D 2008 received 134 registrations representing 32 different nationalities. The research keynote was held by Richard Heeks, Univ. Manchester, UK and the industry keynote was held by Chloe Chick, GSMA Development Fund, GSM Association. More information and the final program is available at http://m4d.humanit.org
Graduate course in development theories September 2008
“Development, Globalisation and ICT: Defining the ’D’ in ICT4D”
IPID and Karlstad University invited IPID members to a graduate course in development theories. The course was offered due to several requests from IPID members about an introduction in development theories and a wish to define ‘D’ in ICT4D.
To provide a solid background for advanced studies in ICT4D, this course offers insights into some of the most influential development theories. The selection is made on the basis of classical bodies of ideas with a strong impact on recent notions of development. The course moreover illuminates development theory from various angles, especially the perspectives of different social sciences. It will also investigate development theory in relation to the process of globalization.
The first set of seminars was held in September 2008, over two days. During these seminars, invited guest lecturers provided an overview of the course literature, which was discussed with the students.
After the first set of seminars the students will write a paper on her/his research on ICT4D in relation to ‘development’, based on the course literature. This paper will serve as part of the examination. The participants will return to Karlstad in January 2009. During this second set of seminars the papers will be discussed and peer reviewed. The students will be divided into 3 groups with each lecturer as their supervisor. Each student present and discuss their paper for 30 minutes. The examination seminar is finalised with a discussion of 60 minutes.
Peter Smekal, PhD, Department of Government, Uppsala University
• Development theories
• History and Roots
• Modernisation theories
• The Classics
Anders Danielson, PhD, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Stockholm
• Economics and Development – Changing Views
• The Elusive Poverty
• Do Economists Know What To Do?
• What Can Economists Do?"
Paula Uimonen, PhD, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University
• Theories on ICT and modern development
• ICT4D Policy and WSIS 2003, 2005
The 3rd Annual International Postgraduate Symposium was held in Finland at University of Joensuu, 7-9 of September 2008.
The first ICT4D PG symposium was at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2006 and the second at Karlstad University Sweden with IPID-network (2007). The third symposium was organized in Finland at the University of Joensuu with IPID-network September 7-9, 2008 at the Mekrijärvi Research Station close to the Russian border. The symposium, especially, supports Master-level and PhD students, and each presenter get individual feedback on their presentations. The symposium was supported by Finnish Universities' Partnership for International Development network (UniPID).
Around 60 persons from over 20 countries participated in the Symposium. Keynote speakers were Prof. Tim Unwin, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK and Prof. Seugnet Blignaut; North West University, South Africa
IPID is launching a new seminar theme ‘Academia meets Practice’.The seminars on the theme ‘Academia meets Practice’ will make it possible for postgraduates to meet, to listen to and to discuss ICT4D with practitioners who have wide experience from the ‘real’ world. By attending the seminars postgraduates can improve their understanding of current practical issues in the ICT4D area. IPID will invite practitioners both from the government sector as well as from private companies. The seminars are open to all IPID members. The language of the seminars is English.
The seminars have four main aims:
§ To encourage the sharing of research ideas and practices among postgraduates and practitioners in the field of ICT4D
§ To provide an opportunity for postgraduate students at all stages in their careers to establish contacts with presumptive employers
§ To enable postgraduate students at an early stage in their career to get input from practitioners
§ To network and further strengthen the existing network between researchers and practitioners within ICT4D
Satellite Communication Course 27 May 2008
IPID arranged a one-day Satellite Communication Course on the 27th of May 2008.
The course included presentations about satellite technology as well as a study visit to the Earth Station facility, Stockholm Teleport, Farsta. Below follows a report written by one of the participants Alamdar Ali Khan.
“IPID, in collaboration with SPIDER (The Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions) arranged one day course at Morgana Hotell & Konferens Farsta, Stockholm. The postgraduate students from different universities of Sweden met practitioners from different satellite communication areas and discussed the potentials and possibilities of satellite communication within the developing and under-developing regions. The course started an introductory presentation of Gudrun Wicander. The key speaker Mr. Olavi, with experience from Telia and Swedish Teleport, thrown light of the potential of satellite communication. Mr. Olavi presented the different types of satellite communication, their bandwidth, satellite footprint, their cost and benefit analysis, comparative analysis with other contemporary technologies. The key speaker also indicated the specific areas and purposes where satellite communication could be beneficial. He said that with the introduction of new satellite technologies the cost of satellite communication has been tremendously decreased. After the presentation and lecture by Mr. Olavi Trydhed and Gudrun Wicander the group of students, teachers, and practitioners went to Earth station, Swedish Teleport in Stockholm. At the Swedish Teleport students were introduced to different working processes, that how Teleport is being used for commercial and business purposes. They saw how commercial TV channels are being operated and how they are getting airtime from the Teleport. The Swedish Teleport covering a lot of TV channels from Europe. At the end of course certificates were distributed among the participants." (Reported by Alamdar Ali Khan) Links to photos from the meeting
UNESCO Paris 24-25 April 2008
IPID The International Network for Post Graduate Students in the Area of ICT4D and its program ’Academia meets Practice’ arranged a study visit to UNESCO headquarters in Paris the 23-24th April 2008. Gudrun Wicander (IPID Coordinator) organized the event together with Tim Unwin (UNESCO Chair in ICT4D) with the financial support of SPIDER. The aim of this event was to allow IPID members to explore the contributions of UNESCO’S Information Society Division to ICT4D research.
Among the UNESCO key speakers we have: Mr. Tarek Shawki (Chief of Section for ICT in Education, Science and Culture), Cédric Wachholz (Program Specialist, Education Sector), Jean Claude Dauphin (Open Source and Open Access), and Armelle Arrou (Information Society Division). The key speakers described the mission, structure, finances, and future of UNESCO as a global organization. They also explained the role of UNESCO in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which promotes the concept of the ’knowledge society’ and its principles: freedom of expression, universal access to information and knowledge. Moreover, the key speakers described some of UNESCO programs for Communication and Information such as The International Program for the Development of Communication, The Information for all programs, Creative Content, Memory of the World Program, and global uses of Open Source.
The participants were 20 PhD students researching in the area of ICT4D from all over the world affiliated to IPID. During this event, the PhD students shared their experiences in current research using ICT4D in countries such as: Tanzania, Iraq, Iran and Venezuela. In summary, 20 ICT4D research cases were explored focusing on ICT, infrastructure, social impact and challenges for each region.
This event was highly appreciated by its participants because of its relevance in their current ICT4D research. This event contributed to a deeper understanding of ICT4D in several ways. First, this event explores the contributions of UNESCO to ICT4D research. Secondly, it explores the contributions of 20 PhD students working with ICT4D all over the world to ICT4D research. Finally, it provides a forum for the understanding of challenges using ICT in different development countries.
IPID arranged a one-day visit to Sida (the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) on the 21st January 2008 in conjunction with the launch of the ICT4D helpdesk activities at Sida.
The event included presentations about ICT in development cooperation and ICT for sustainable development held by:
*Bo Göransson (Ambassador at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the SPIDER Board from January 2008)
*Anders Wijkman (EU parliamentarian, Chairman of the SPIDER Board from 2004-2007)
*SAREC (the department for research cooperation at Sida)
In the afternoon IPID members were invited to the ICT Secretariat at Sida. The staff at the ICT Secretariat presented their activities as well as the process for funding of ICT4D projects. Report from the seminar
Academia meets practice - Nils Jensen 12 December 2007
The first seminar within the newly launched theme was held in Stockholm, Sweden the 12th of December 2007. The first invited speaker was Mr. Nils Jensen. Mr. Jensen is a systems analyst by profession and has worked as an IT-consultant for more than 30 years, mostly abroad (Latin America, Spain, Switzerland, Jordan and Tanzania). For the last 10 years his interest and work has been focused on ICT4D. This work varies a lot from doing a National ICT Survey in Honduras to eLearning for teachers in Tanzania. Further he has been employed at the Swedish Embassy in Tanzania for 4 years as the ICT Adviser.
The Karlstad ICT4D Symposium, the 2nd Annual International Postgraduate Symposium, was held in Sweden at Karlstad University the 30-31 of August 2007.
Here follows a report from the Karlstad ICT4D Symposium by Marcus Duveskog,
University of Joensuu, Finland
As representative of the Symposium committee I would like to thank everyone who made it to Karlstad for the second symposium in ICT4D as your participation contributed to its success. The Symposium had 40 registered participants representing almost as many nationalities giving 23 presentations including speeches from senior researchers. It has become one of the academic highlight of the year for many of us as it is not often we get to share our research ideas in such a friendly and encouraging atmosphere. New for this year was that presenters received written feedback from the keynote speakers and that the presentation also resulted in 3 ECTS points. Additionally, all participants got a certificate from Karlstad University to verify their attendance at the symposium.
Through the symposium the IPID network has been growing bigger and stronger. For a long time many of us was feeling very lonely being the only one at our universities in ICT4D but now we are a community and together we can make a difference. We would especially like to thank our keynote speakers Prof. Tim Unwin, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, Royal Holloway University of London, UK, Prof. Erkki Sutinen, University of Joensuu, Finland and ass. Prof. Khalid Rabayah, Arab American University, West Bank, Palestine for great inspiration and support. We would also like to thank Karlstad University for hosting the event and SPIDER for the financial support. Many participants have also expressed gratitude towards Gudrun for opening up her home and throwing a great Swedish crayfish party and God knows how many hours she spent preparing for the symposium and to make sure we all felt most welcome. Now we are looking forward for next year’s event that will be hosted by University of Joensuu in Finland.
Several IPID members took part in the SPIDER workshop on eLearning for developing countries. The workshop was held 13-14 June at Örebro University, Sweden. There was a wide range of participants; national as well as international with experience from e-learning. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss how eLearning could be made possible where it is most needed. The Örebro workshop served as a continuation of the eLearning Africa conference in Nairobi, May 2007, with the aim of planting the best seeds from eLearning Africa and making them grow to future realistic projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The workshop started by analysing needs and resources in Sub-Saharan Africa today (based on discussions at the eLearning Africa conference) followed by discussions on the challenges, barriers and best practices experienced by people from the field and research. The workshop had three tracks, on technology, pedagogy and content respectively, and by the end of the workshop the three tracks were combined with the aim of delivering a framework for future doable projects. The Örebro Workshop attempted to outline a set of criteria and courses of action on eLearning, suitable for the needs of learners and educators in Africa. Some photos from the workshop has been uploaded to the website. http://www.electronicgovernment.se/eLearning/images.asp e-learning Africa http://www.elearning-africa.com/
On the 14th of March 2007 an IPID workshop took place at the IT University in Kista, Stockholm, Sweden. The workshop was organised by Karlstad and Örebro University in cooperation with SPIDER. The event hosted presentations from SPIDER on its activities and projects as well as participating researchers on their ongoing researchs and research plans. You will find a report from the workshop together with the PowerPoint
presentations here: Report and presentations
ICT4D Collective Postgraduate Symposium
Several PID-members participated in a symposium held at the Royal Holloway, University of London, during 14th - 15th September 2006. The symposium was organised by the ICT4D Collective, led by Professor Tim Unwin, and it was the first annual symposium for postgraduate students in ICT4D. The symposium provided a supportive environment for research dialogues among the 35 postgraduate students from13 countries affiliated to 20 different institutions. The symposium included presentations, themed networking, career discussion, and several social activities among which the BBQ hosted by Prof. and Mrs. Unwin was the most outstanding. To take part of the presentations see: http://www.gg.rhul.ac.uk/ict4d/sympapers.html.
The first IPID workshop took place at Forum, IT University in Kista on the 8th of May 2006 between 13.00-16.00. The workshop was held in conjunction with The Stockholm Challenge Event May 8-10, 2006.