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Break times for all days are as follows: Tea Break 10:30 am - 11 am | Lunch 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm | Tea Break 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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Friday, May 15
 

9:00am

Community cellular networks: Bringing cellular connectivity in rural areas - Workshop
Recent technological advancements have enabled the design of cellular networks that are several orders of magnitude cheaper than their commercial counterparts. Entrepreneurs in rural areas have begun harnessing this technology to build community cellular networks that provide valuable services and bring local revenue. In this session you will hear about the state of the art in rural cellular and discuss the future of the space, including regulatory, technological, and social.

Moderators
KH

Kurtis Heimerl

UC Berkeley
MZ

Mariya Zheleva

University at Albany SUNY

Speakers
SH

Shaddi Hasan

UC Berkeley
LS

Lakshminarayanan Subramanian

New York University


Friday May 15, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Lecture Theatre 12 (LT12) Block NS2 NS2-04-13

9:00am

Digital Youth as Global Wayfarers - Guided Discussion
Immigrant youth play a major role in helping their families, friends, and others in their communities gather, create, share, and curate information needed to survive and prosper, often through creative uses of ICT.  This open conversation addresses a critical social phenomenon—how immigrant and refugee youth internationally are serving as “ICT wayfarers” and “information mediaries” in low resource settings, including refugee camps, villages and cities, and how they can be better supported through design.

Speakers
BA

Ban Al-Ani

User Experience Researcher, ADP
AP

Ann P. Bishop

University of Illinois, Information School
KE

Karen E. Fisher

University of Washington, Information School


Friday May 15, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Lecture Theatre 11 (LT11) Block NS2 NS2-04-15

9:00am

Public Access ICT: What we know about impact and how to amplify it - Panel / Roundtable
What is the development role of telecenters, cybercafés, libraries and ICT training centers in a world increasingly inter-connected through mobiles? The discussion will focus on five topics: a review of recent public access impact findings, and a dialogue centered on four critical impact challenges: i. serving rural communities; ii. increasing women’s participation; iii. empowering low-income people; iv. expanding digital literacy.

Moderators
avatar for Osama Manzar

Osama Manzar

founder & director, digital empowerment foundation
Osama Manzar works towards Eradicating Information Poverty in India through Digital Interventions. Enabling people @ the edge of information and empowering unserved communities with access to information using Internet, Broadband and Wireless access through the use of open spectrum. Osama has written several books and writes regularly for Mint at http://livemint.com and sits at various committees at Ministry of Comm & IT and also Ministry of... Read More →

Speakers
NA

Nor Alias Aziah

Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam, Malaysia
DK

Dorothea Kleine

Reader, Director, ICT4D Centre, Royal Holloway University of London
MM

Marhaini Mohd N.

Senior Lecturer, Policy Studies and Development, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam, Malaysia
PP

Patricia Peña

Assistant Professor of Digital Communication and Journalism, Instituto de la Comunicación e Imagen (ICEI), Universidad de Chile
FJ

Francisco J Proenza

Amy Mahan Research Fellowship Project to Assess the Impact of Public Access to ICT, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
MW

Marion Walton

University of Cape Town


Friday May 15, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Lecture Theatre 6 (LT6) Block NS2 NS2-02-05

9:00am

Understanding the impact of mobile money in development: an in-depth look at experiences from Bangladesh - Workshop
The ability to send money from mobile phone to mobile phone is transforming financial activity in many countries.  Bangladesh is one of the largest mobile money markets and growing.   To truly leverage mobile money for financial inclusion (i.e. to enable the poor to participate in formal financial institutions), grassroots level support and promotion is required.  The organization BRAC will share its early learnings from a portfolio of projects using mobile money in education and microfinance and generate brainstorming on appropriate research frameworks to capture benefits to clients and organizations.

Speakers
PH

Paroma Hussain

BRAC Microfinance programme
AS

Asif Saleh

BRAC Strategy, Communications and Capacity

Sponsors

Friday May 15, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Lecture Theatre 13 (LT13) Block NS2 NS2-04-11

9:00am

Gary Marsden Memorial Session - Special Session
Speakers
avatar for Bill Tucker

Bill Tucker

Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of the Western Cape
I work with community-driven ICTs in resource limited environments: assistive technology for Deaf people in Cape Town and inverse infrastructure in rural South Africa; learning how to realise community ideas in a sustainable way.


Friday May 15, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Nanyang Auditorium 50 Nanyang Ave, Singapore 639798

9:00am

Bridging the North-­‐South Divide in Mobile Research: Assumptions, Questions, and Strategies - Roundtable
We propose a space for an invigorating debate about whether the kinds of questions adressed by M4D research are, in the ways that they are commonly framed, less ‘relevant’ for the global north; and why the work done in the north, even when oriented towards socioeconomic outcomes, are not often in conversation with ‘4D’ research. Are the different contexts that radically opposed, and how might research so influenced by geographic frames be bridged? 

Moderators
avatar for Komathi Ale

Komathi Ale

Doctoral Candidate, University of Southern California
ICTs in education | Autonomous/self learning | Mobile learning | Teacher training | OLPC | Primary education
SA

Seyram Avle

University of Michigan
JB

Joseph Bayer

University of Michigan
TC

Tian Cai

Michigan State University
RW

Rong Wang

University of Southern California

Speakers
FB

Francois Bar

USC Annenberg
RL

Rich Ling

Shaw Foundation Professor in Media Technology, Nanyang Technological University
JP

Joyojeet Pal

University of Michigan, School of Communication
avatar for Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith

Senior Program Officer, IDRC
Matthew Smith is a Senior Program Officer for the Information and Networks program, and oversees research on how information networks can be used to promote open, inclusive, and rights based information societies in the south. Before joining IDRC in 2008, Smith completed postgraduate research on the interaction between technology and society, specifically the impact of e-government systems on citizens’ trust in the government in... Read More →


Friday May 15, 2015 9:00am - 12:30pm
Lecture Theatre 5 (LT5) Block NS2 NS2-02-07

9:00am

Development Challenges in a Developed Island - WKWSCI Students Open Session
Student researchers from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information shed light on the challenges faced by marginalized communities in Singapore

Moderators
Friday May 15, 2015 9:00am - 12:30pm
Lecture Theatre 14 (LT14) Block NS2 NS2-04-09

9:00am

IPID Symposium 2015
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Moderators
Friday May 15, 2015 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre Block NS4 NS4-02-36

11:00am

Life of Electronics - Panel
The electronic devices we own only spend a bit of their existence with us. Life of Electronics shows their whole life and issues associated, from mining conflict minerals to e-waste disposal, passing by manufactoring workers' rights, ethical consumption and extending lifespans.

Relevant people and organisations all across the life cycle are presented, including the relevant local organisations, offering a comprehensive view on the problems and solutions associated with electronic devices.

Moderators
Speakers
RW

Ron Wong

Deputy Director at the Waste and Resource Management Department of the National Environment Agency, Singapore


Friday May 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Lecture Theatre 11 (LT11) Block NS2 NS2-04-15

11:00am

Panel Discussion on Global Knowledge Sharing of Implementing a Digital Manufacturing Lab ( FabLab) for Rural Development in Sri Lanka
Digital Manufacturing is changing the way the world has seen manufacturing. Some consider this as “the next industrial revolution”. A group of Sri Lankan Social Scientists from Sri Lanka, Europe and United States has been conducting a project to explore the opportunities for digital manufacturing in post -conflict economic development in Sri Lanka. The group has been collaborating over the internet in setting up of a Fabrication Laboratory (FabLaB) for empowerment of a rural community in Sri Lanka. This session will discuss the objectives, process and challenges faced in this project. It is expected to conduct a panel discussion with the participation of project members in the session physically and members joining from Sri Lanka, Europe and U.S connected via Google Hangout. It is also expected to webcast the session live.

Moderators
CH

Chaminda Hettiarachchi

International Consultant, Researcher and Visiting Lecturer, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
PP

Priyantha Palapathwala

CEO, George Steuart Optimize (Pvt) Ltd, Sri Lanka

Speakers
GF

Greshan Fernando

Boeing Corporation
BJ

Buddika Jayasena

Georgia Institute of Technology
TJ

Thilan Jayathilake

University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
CJ

Chinthaka Jyananda

Dundee Business School, Scotland
PS

Pubudu Sanaratne

Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Sri Lanka
avatar for Gayan Srinath

Gayan Srinath

MBA Student, University of Colombo


Friday May 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Lecture Theatre 12 (LT12) Block NS2 NS2-04-13

11:00am

Seed Alliance: Helping ideas grow - Panel
This round table will introduce the Seed Alliance as a platform to support Internet development in the global south through a variety of funding mechanism, capacity building strategies and networking opportunities. The organizers will share information about their regional programs operating in Africa (FIRE), Latin American and the Caribbean (FRIDA) and Asia Pacific (ISIF Asia). A group of recipients from the regional funds will share about their projects and the challenges they face to bring about positive change to their communities through ICTs. Lessons learned from this strategic alliance and the realities faced by organizations working on Internet development on the field will be discussed.



Confirmed contributors: 

FIRE recipients (Adongo Benard Benedict Owuor, Ehui Khan Jean-Delmas, Wussah Amos Olertey, Fakuade Oluwaseun Bamikole, Opondo Isaya Owino, Mutamiri Ian Nyasha)

FRIDA recipients (Matías Di Santi, Marta Ortega Portillo, Pablo Lecuona, María Laura Lecuona, Jorge Iván López Jaramillo)

ISIF Asia recipients (Gurpreet Lehal, Tariq Zaman, Samnang Vin, Chen Hui Jie, Teddy Mantoro)

Speakers
avatar for Sylvia Cadena

Sylvia Cadena

Community Partnerships Specialist / ISIF Asia coordinator, APNIC
Internet development, capacity building, funding for innovation


Friday May 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Lecture Theatre 6 (LT6) Block NS2 NS2-02-05

11:00am

Systematic Reviews in ICTD: the hype vs. the reality - Panel
A systematic review (SR) synthesizes best available evidence on a specific intervention. A common tool in medicine, the method is now used in social science, championed (with funding) by international agencies like UK-DFID, the World Bank. Four SRs in ICTD topics (mobile money, ICTs in education, ICTs for MSMEs and mobiles in rural livelihoods) will be presented; donors will discuss how SRs are used in funding decisions; a critic will point out methodological limitations. 

Speakers
EA

Erwin Alampay

Professor, National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) University of the Philippines
SG

Sujata Gamage

Team Leader, Human Capital Research Program, LIRNEasia
VI

Vigneswara Ilawarasan

Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-Delhi)
NK

Nilusha Kapugama

Senior Research Manager, LIRNEasia
RM

Robin Mansell

Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science


Friday May 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Lecture Theatre 13 (LT13) Block NS2 NS2-04-11

1:30pm

Careers in ICT4D (Panel and Career Surgery)
ICT4D is maturing as a field and university courses relating to ICT4D are proliferating. Increasingly, employers in international agencies, development funders, private sector companies and NGOs are looking for graduates with an ICT4D skillset, even if advertised under different terminology. This panel brings together educators, employers and graduates to discuss careers in ICT4D – where they are and how we prepare students for them. Following the panel, the panelists will offer  1-to-1 career advice slots.

Moderators
DK

Dorothea Kleine

Reader, Director, ICT4D Centre, Royal Holloway University of London
avatar for Bill Tucker

Bill Tucker

Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of the Western Cape
I work with community-driven ICTs in resource limited environments: assistive technology for Deaf people in Cape Town and inverse infrastructure in rural South Africa; learning how to realise community ideas in a sustainable way.

Speakers
avatar for Arul Chib

Arul Chib

Director & ICTD2015 Chair, Singapore Internet Research Centre
Chair
RL

Rich Ling

Shaw Foundation Professor in Media Technology, Nanyang Technological University
HM

Hannah McCarrick

Embassy of Sweden Lusaka
JP

Joyojeet Pal

University of Michigan, School of Communication
avatar for Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith

Senior Program Officer, IDRC
Matthew Smith is a Senior Program Officer for the Information and Networks program, and oversees research on how information networks can be used to promote open, inclusive, and rights based information societies in the south. Before joining IDRC in 2008, Smith completed postgraduate research on the interaction between technology and society, specifically the impact of e-government systems on citizens’ trust in the government in... Read More →
BT

Bill Thies

Microsoft Research


Friday May 15, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Lecture Theatre 4 (LT4) Block NS4 NS4-02-34

1:30pm

GIS for Development - Workshop
This workshop is a chance for practitioners to share, discuss, and critique maps.  How can GIS be used to make maps in support of development projects?  Examples are gathered from workshop participants and map-work derived from geoweb, mobile, and traditional sources.  We will examine project goals, constraints, and capabilities in terms of both online and offline mapping methodologies and outputs. 

Moderators
avatar for Gwilym Eades

Gwilym Eades

Lecturer, Royal Holloway University of London
Member of the ICT4D centre and Lecturer in Human Geography. My book is called Maps and Memes, and is published with McGill-Queen's University Press. I am interested in development in the circumpolar north, especially Canada.

Speakers

Friday May 15, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Lecture Theatre 11 (LT11) Block NS2 NS2-04-15

1:30pm

Delivering health service through ICT in rural communities- Stories from Bangladesh - Workshop
With 1 doctor for 2500 patients, where most doctors are concentrated in urban hubs while 70% of the country resides in rural communities, access to healthcare in Bangladesh is a significant challenge. Efforts are already underway to leverage the country’s extensive mobile network coverage to connect rural patients to urban doctors in a manner that allows sound diagnosis and treatment. This session is an opportunity to learn about these efforts and ask “What’s next?”

Moderators
avatar for Rubayat Khan

Rubayat Khan

Chief of Research & Innovation, mPower Social Enterprises
Design thinking (HCD) for ICT4D, predictive modeling and data science for development, mobile based health & agri service delivery in underserved areas.

Speakers
AB

Abbas Bhuiyan

Deputy Executive Director, ICCDRB
MG

Matthew Guilford

Head of Global Health, Telenor Digital


Friday May 15, 2015 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Lecture Theatre 13 (LT13) Block NS2 NS2-04-11

1:30pm

ICTD World Cup - Workshop
This workshop offers attendees, who will not formally present a paper, a note or a demo, a forum to introduce and discuss the projects or initiatives in which they are currently involved in their country in a fast track way. This platform will allow presenters and attendees to have a different perspective and understanding of the realities of ICTD in different countries. We anticipate participation from the community to discuss how ICTD has influenced government and citizen response to terrorism, emergency crisis and natural disasters particularly in different countries.

Speakers
avatar for Benjamin Akinmoyeje

Benjamin Akinmoyeje

ICTD & IT Manager, MSH IdeaLab
ICTD enthusiast presently working with MSH Nigeria where I help to develop strategies and solutions to address public health challenges especially in the areas of HIV/AIDS, Orphans and Vulnerable Children. | I started MSH IdeaLab - a space to engage mHealth, eHealth and Internet Governance4 Development. | We have a handful of ICTD 4 Health pilots projects under our belt. | My main thrust is how can we use Internet access and Technologies... Read More →


Friday May 15, 2015 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Lecture Theatre 12 (LT12) Block NS2 NS2-04-13

1:30pm

Thinking about Market Information Systems: Bridging Theory and Practice - Workshop
Market Information Systems (MIS) for farmers of the Global South are typically designed to deliver price, weather, and crop details using mobile phones. This session will re-examine the premise and design of MIS by bringing into conversation researchers and practitioners who study agricultural practices or deploy MIS in the Global South. Our objective is to explore how to better ground MIS in the social relations and practices of individual farming communities.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Joshua Blumenstock

Joshua Blumenstock

Assistant Professor, University of Washington
avatar for Dr. Jenna Burrell

Dr. Jenna Burrell

Associate Professor, School of Information, University of California Berkeley
EN

Eduardo Nakasone

Michigan State University


Friday May 15, 2015 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Lecture Theatre 6 (LT6) Block NS2 NS2-02-05

1:30pm

Towards a shared understanding of the Comprehensive Nature of Evaluating ICT in Development: Trends in Current Practice - Workshop
Many evaluation frameworks in ICT4D have been proposed theoretically or in practice. However, a number of challenges still exist in ICTD that relate to a lack of the comprehensive and participatory nature of evaluation to inform the process of ICT intervention in development programmes. This workshop aims to critically reflect on trends of evaluation, limitations of current practice, and evaluation approaches. The workshop aims to identify keys aspects towards a shared understanding of comprehensive evaluation.

Speakers
JO

Joshua Osah

Rhodes University
CP

Caroline Pade-Khene

Rhodes University


Friday May 15, 2015 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Lecture Theatre 5 (LT5) Block NS2 NS2-02-07

3:30pm

Data for Development (D4D): The good, the bad and the ugly - Panel
This open session has two related purposes. First, to showcase ongoing studies based on user-generated data by researchers from DIRSI (Latin America), RIA (Africa) and LIRNEasia (South Asia), three leading ICT4D research networks. Second, to engage researchers, policymakers and practitioners in an honest discussion about how we gather, analyze and present evidence in ICT4D. The session will seek an interactive format, with short presentations followed by discussions with the audience (including online participation).

Speakers

Friday May 15, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Lecture Theatre 4 (LT4) Block NS4 NS4-02-34

3:30pm

Debating Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology - Book discussion and Panel
On May 26, 2015, Kentaro Toyama’s book, Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology will be released. The goal of this panel is to host a critical discussion of the book’s main ideas. In the first half, panelists Mike Best, Richa Kumar, and Kentaro Toyama will preview, challenge, and debate the theses of the book. The latter half of the session will open the discussion to all attendees.

Moderators
Speakers

Friday May 15, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Lecture Theatre 11 (LT11) Block NS2 NS2-04-15

5:15pm

Book Launch and Cocktail Reception
ICTD2015 delegates are invited to enjoy a complimentary cocktail reception to meet the authors of three outstanding ICTD books. 

Books:
Impact of Information Society Research in the Global South edited by Arul Chib, Julian May and Roxana Barantes

Participatory Archives in a World of Ubiquitous Media by Natalie Pang, Liew Kai Khiun and Brenda Chan

Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology by Kentaro Toyama
 

Friday May 15, 2015 5:15pm - 7:00pm
Foyer Nanyang Auditorium
 
Saturday, May 16
 

9:00am

Opening Ceremony - Welcome Address by Dr. Arul Chib, ICTD2015 Chair and Memorial Session
Welcome Address by Chair & Memorial Session
 

Speakers
avatar for Arul Chib

Arul Chib

Director & ICTD2015 Chair, Singapore Internet Research Centre
Chair


Saturday May 16, 2015 9:00am - 9:30am
Nanyang Auditorium 50 Nanyang Ave, Singapore 639798

9:30am

Keynote
Speakers
MS

Mr. Som Mittal

Som Mittal is the former Chairman and President of NASSCOM, the premier trade body for the IT-BPM Industry in India. He held the position of President, NASSCOM from 2008-13 and steered the industry through one of its most challenging phases. Under his leadership, the industry crossed the USD 100 billion milestone and significantly expanded its value offerings. | Som has held corporate leadership roles in the IT industry at companies such as... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Nanyang Auditorium 50 Nanyang Ave, Singapore 639798

10:30am

Tea Break 1
Saturday May 16, 2015 10:30am - 11:00am
Nanyang Auditorium 50 Nanyang Ave, Singapore 639798

11:00am

Plenary Session 1: Education
Papers:


  1. The Creation of Capital through an ICT-based Learning Program: A Case Study of MOOC Camp - Carleen Maitland; Eric Obeysekare*, Penn State University

  2. Data-Driven Intervention-Level Prediction Modeling for Academic Performance - Mvurya Mgala*, University of Cape Town; Audrey Mbogho, University of Cape Town

  3. Using a Principal Agent Model to Explain User-Centered Design Challenges for Mother Tongue Reading in Kenya - Ariel Schwartz*, UT Austin / Maria’s Libraries; Eva Kaplan, Maria’s Libraries; Evviva Weinraub Lajoie, Oregon State University; Trey Terrell, Oregon State University; Esther Ajambo, Makerere University


Speakers
EO

Eric Obeysekare

Penn State University


Saturday May 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:15pm
Nanyang Auditorium 50 Nanyang Ave, Singapore 639798

12:15pm

Demos Madness
Saturday May 16, 2015 12:15pm - 12:45pm
Nanyang Auditorium 50 Nanyang Ave, Singapore 639798

12:45pm

Lunch and Demos Session
Saturday May 16, 2015 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Nanyang Auditorium 50 Nanyang Ave, Singapore 639798

2:00pm

Plenary Session 2: Disability, accessibility and infrastructure
Papers:

  1. Learning to Fix: Knowledge, Collaboration and Mobile Phone Repair in Dhaka, Bangladesh - Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed*, Cornell University; Steven Jackson; Md. Rashidujjaman Rifat, BUET

  2. Gender and accessibility in Rwanda and Malawi - Joyojeet Pal*; Maura Youngman, University of Michigan; Terence O’Neill, Michigan State University; Priyank Chandra, University of Michigan; Cyprien Semushi, African Lobelia

  3. "The technology done empower we": Exploring amplified capabilities for people with disabilities in Sierra Leone - Jasmine Jones*, University of Michigan; Joyojeet Pal

  4. Solar vs Diesel: Where to draw the line for cell towers? - Talal Ahmad*, NYU; Shankar Kalyanaraman; Fareeha Amjad; Lakshminarayanan Subramanian

 

Speakers
SI

Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed

Cornell University
JJ

Jasmine Jones

University of Michigan
JP

Joyojeet Pal

University of Michigan, School of Communication


Saturday May 16, 2015 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Nanyang Auditorium 50 Nanyang Ave, Singapore 639798

3:40pm

Tea Break and Demos Session
Saturday May 16, 2015 3:40pm - 4:10pm
Nanyang Auditorium 50 Nanyang Ave, Singapore 639798

4:10pm

Plenary Session 3: Agriculture and small business
Papers:

  1. The Mobile Divide Revisited: Mobile Phone Use by Smallholder Farmers in Malawi - Charles Steinfield*, Michigan State University; Susan Wyche; Hastings Chiwasa, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Tian Cai, Michigan State University

  2. Real Mobiles: Kenyan and Zambian Smallholder Farmers' Contemporary Attitudes Towards Mobile Phones - Susan Wyche*; Melissa Densmore

  3. The Impact of Mobile Value Added Services: The Case of Women Micro-entrepreneurs in Indonesia - Cai Tian, Michigan State University; Han Ei Chew*, SIRC; Mark Levy, Michigan State University

  4. e-Business Adoption and Use among African Women-Owned SMEs: An Analytical Study in Nigeria - Ritse Erumi-Esin*, Center for Development Informatic, IDPM, University of Manchester; Richard Heeks, Center for Development Informatic, IDPM, University of Manchester

 

Speakers
HC

Han-ei Chew

Nanyang Technological University
RE

Ritse Erumi-Esin

IDPM, University of Manchester
CS

Charles Steinfield

Michigan State University


Saturday May 16, 2015 4:10pm - 5:50pm
Nanyang Auditorium 50 Nanyang Ave, Singapore 639798

5:50pm

Wrap-up
Saturday May 16, 2015 5:50pm - 6:00pm
Nanyang Auditorium 50 Nanyang Ave, Singapore 639798

6:00pm

Gala Dinner
6:00pm - Lion Dance - Nanyang Foyer

6:30pm - Conference Dinner - Level 3 Nanyang Auditorium building

Saturday May 16, 2015 6:00pm - 9:30pm
TBA
 
Sunday, May 17
 

9:00am

Plenary Session 4: Mobile banking and mobile phones
Papers:

  1. Understanding Mobile Phone and Social Media Use in a Nairobi Slum: A Case for Long-Term Approaches to Design in ICTD - Susan Wyche*

  2. The Persistence of Paper:  A Case Study in Microfinance from Ghana - Ishita Ghosh*, UC Berkeley; Jay Chen, New York University, Abu Dhabi; Joy Ming, Harvard University; Azza Abouzied, New York University, Abu Dhabi

  3. Work-related Use and Positive Livelihood Outcomes among Mobile Phone Users in Asia - Komathi Ale*, Uni. of Southern California

  4. Promises and Pitfalls of Mobile Money in Afghanistan: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial - Josh Blumenstock*, University of Washington; Michael Callen, Harvard University; Tarek Ghani, UC Berkeley; Lucas Koepke, University of Washington

 

Speakers
avatar for Komathi Ale

Komathi Ale

Doctoral Candidate, University of Southern California
ICTs in education | Autonomous/self learning | Mobile learning | Teacher training | OLPC | Primary education
IG

Ishita Ghosh

UC Berkeley


Sunday May 17, 2015 9:00am - 10:40am
Nanyang Auditorium 50 Nanyang Ave, Singapore 639798

10:40am

Tea Break
Sunday May 17, 2015 10:40am - 11:10am
Nanyang Auditorium 50 Nanyang Ave, Singapore 639798

11:10am

Notes Madness
Sunday May 17, 2015 11:10am - 12:30pm
Nanyang Auditorium 50 Nanyang Ave, Singapore 639798

12:30pm

Lunch and Notes Session
Sunday May 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Nanyang Auditorium 50 Nanyang Ave, Singapore 639798

1:45pm

Plenary Session 5: Health
 Papers:


  1. See My Work: Sustaining a Data Reporting Practice by Mental Health Clinicians in Liberia - Ellen Zegura*; Elena Derkits, Emory University; Janice Cooper, Carter Center, Emory

  2. Projecting Health: Community-Led Video Education for Maternal Health - Neha Kumar*, USC; Trevor Perrier, University of Washington; Michelle Desmond, PATH; Kiersten Israel-Ballard, PATH; Vikrant Kumar; Sudip Mahapatra, ; Anil Mishra, ; Shreya Agarwal, ; Rikin Gandhi, ; Pallavi Lal, ; Richard Anderson, University of Washington

  3. The Effects of ICT-enabled Information Provision on Sexual Health: Experimental Evidence from Kenya - Risa Kitagawa*, Stanford University


Speakers
RK

Risa Kitagawa

Stanford University
avatar for Neha Kumar

Neha Kumar

Postdoctoral Researcher, USC Annenberg
mobile phones; social media; mHealth; visual media; gender&tech
EZ

Ellen Zegura

Georgia Tech


Sunday May 17, 2015 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Nanyang Auditorium 50 Nanyang Ave, Singapore 639798

3:00pm

Tea Break and Notes Session
Sunday May 17, 2015 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Nanyang Auditorium 50 Nanyang Ave, Singapore 639798

3:30pm

Plenary Session 6: E-Government and politics
 Papers:


  1. The Politics of Anti-Poverty Artefacts: Lessons from the Computerization of the Food Security System in Karnataka - Silvia Masiero*, London School of Economics ; Amit Prakash, IIIT Bangalore

  2. Twitter Democracy: Policy versus identity politics in three emerging African democracies - Michael Best*; Amanda Meng, Georgia Tech

  3. Revisiting CGNet Swara and its Impact in Rural India - Meghana Marathe, Microsoft Research India; Jacki O’Neill, Microsoft Research India; Paromita Pain, University of Texas at Austin; William Thies*

  4. Building Citizen Engagement into the Implementation of Welfare Schemes in Rural India - Dipanjan Chakraborty*, IIT Delhi; Aaditeshwar Seth, IIT Delhi


 


Speakers
MB

Michael Best

Georgia Tech
DC

Dipanjan Chakraborty

Doctoral Scholar, IIT Delhi
SM

Silvia Masiero

London School of Economics
BT

Bill Thies

Microsoft Research


Sunday May 17, 2015 3:30pm - 5:10pm
Nanyang Auditorium 50 Nanyang Ave, Singapore 639798

5:10pm

Conclusion and Discussion (Future of ICTD Conference)
Sunday May 17, 2015 5:10pm - 6:00pm
Nanyang Auditorium 50 Nanyang Ave, Singapore 639798
 
Monday, May 18
 

9:00am

Practitioner perspectives: Taking big-data evidence to development policy - Panel
The practical challenges and opportunities of obtaining, analyzing and taking evidence from mobile network big data to policy are buried in the fog of imaginations fuelled by hype and pessimism. This session goes to the heart of the issues, allowing the audience to engage with actual practitioners. In addition to showcasing concrete policy relevant applications of big data, the session will articulate the attendant challenges in obtaining data, ensuring privacy as well as in taking big-data evidence to developmental policy

Moderators
Speakers
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Joshua Blumenstock

Assistant Professor, University of Washington
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Sriganesh Lokanathan

Team Leader - Big Data Research, LIRNEasia


Monday May 18, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Lecture Theatre 11 (LT11) Block NS2 NS2-04-15

9:00am

OCSDNet: Catalyzing Open & Collaborative Science for Development Opportunities in the Global South - Panel
How open approaches to science could lead to equitable and inclusive change in knowledge production and sharing, particularly in the Global South, is still poorly understood. In this session, we share insights from 13 projects in the Global South that form part of a new research network on Open & Collaborative Science in Development. The session will be a sounding board of ideas, eliciting insights from attendants, as we share what we think, know, don’t know and imagine for the field of Open and Collaborative Science.


Monday May 18, 2015 9:00am - 12:00pm
Lecture Theatre 12 (LT12) Block NS2 NS2-04-13

9:00am

ICT and Development in Myanmar: Creating Bridges, Fostering Coordination - Panel
Myanmar has recently embarked in a series of reforms that are transforming the economy, creating new opportunities but also increasing inequality. With this workshop we aim to create a space where local and international organizations and individuals involved in projects that include Information and Communication Technologies can share their experiences, be aware of one another’s projects in the field, and create new partnerships. The workshop is open to Burmese and international organizations, as well as researchers, involved in sectors such as healthcare, agriculture, digital literacy, etc. 

Speakers
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Rajiv George Aricat

Nanyang Technological University
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Chris Coward

Technology and Social Change Group, University of Washington
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Rich Ling

Shaw Foundation Professor in Media Technology, Nanyang Technological University
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May Oo Lwin

Nanyang Technological University
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Moe Ko Oo

Mekong Basin Disease Surveillance Foundation, Thailand
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Joanne Yoong

Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore


Monday May 18, 2015 9:00am - 12:30pm
Lecture Theatre 6 (LT6) Block NS2 NS2-02-05

9:00am

Innovation Accelerator: Connecting ICTD researchers and practitioners - Workshop
ICTD researchers and ICTD practitioners or implementers should but seldom work together. With increasing demand from funders for innovation using ICTs for development, practitioner run programs provide the grounds for researchers to jointly pilot and research ICTD innovations. This session will bring leading researchers, practitioners and funders together in a focused and participatory format to learn about each other’s work and priorities, partnership mechanisms, and to begin collaborating.

Speakers
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Jennifer Aquino

Atelier Education
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Michael Best

Georgia Tech
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Andrea Bosch

Chemonics International, Indonesia
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Carol Bothwell

Catholic Relief Services
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Matthew Kam

Google for Education
Dr Matthew Kam co-leads Google for Education’s user experience (UX) research efforts to invent the future of teaching and learning around the world. Prior to Google, Kam was a senior researcher with the American Institutes for Research’s International Development, Evaluation and Research program, and was previously an Assistant Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University. He has led research on and... Read More →
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Ayan Kishore

Creative Associates International
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Aditya Vashistha

University of Washington


Monday May 18, 2015 9:00am - 12:30pm
Lecture Theatre 4 (LT4) Block NS4 NS4-02-34

9:00am

Sharing Experiences: Applying the Capabilities Approach in ICT4D - Workshop
There are a few key theories which are applied by scholars in the ICT4D field. One of the most recognized is the capabilities approach, which argues that development should be seen as the freedom of people to live the lives they have reason to value (Sen 1999). This session uses the platform of ICTD2015 to bring together researchers and practitioners who are using the capabilities approach in a workshop to share experiences applying this theory.

Moderators
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Dorothea Kleine

Reader, Director, ICT4D Centre, Royal Holloway University of London

Speakers
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Mario Marais

CSIR, South Africa
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Sammia Poveda

ICT4D Centre, Royal Holloway University of London


Monday May 18, 2015 9:00am - 12:30pm
Lecture Theatre 5 (LT5) Block NS2 NS2-02-07

11:00am

Being Gender-Aware in ICTD Research - Panel
Persistent gender inequality in the field of technology has received much attention in recent times, whether through Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In circles, Satya Nadella’s discussion with Maria Klawe at the 2014 Grace Hopper Conference, or the GamerGate controversy that foregrounded misogyny and harassment in video-game culture. Does the field of ICTD suffer from its own gender biases that mirror the above? If yes, what are they, and how can we mitigate their impact as a community?

Moderators
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Nicola Dell

University of Washington
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Neha Kumar

Postdoctoral Researcher, USC Annenberg
mobile phones; social media; mHealth; visual media; gender&tech

Monday May 18, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Lecture Theatre 11 (LT11) Block NS2 NS2-04-15

12:00pm

SIRCA III Call for Proposals on Open Development: Q&A for Interested Applicants
SIRCA III is a theory and capacity building research programme that began in April 2015 and will run for a period of two years. SIRCA III will fund research projects led by teams of two senior researchers and/or practitioners investigating open development topics in developing countries - the deadline is June 19, 2015 for proposal submission. This Q & A session is intended to present the programme structure and to answer any questions about project ideas and proposal submission.

Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Bentley

Caitlin Bentley

Research Associate, Singapore Internet Research Centre
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Arul Chib

Director & ICTD2015 Chair, Singapore Internet Research Centre
Chair
avatar for Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith

Senior Program Officer, IDRC
Matthew Smith is a Senior Program Officer for the Information and Networks program, and oversees research on how information networks can be used to promote open, inclusive, and rights based information societies in the south. Before joining IDRC in 2008, Smith completed postgraduate research on the interaction between technology and society, specifically the impact of e-government systems on citizens’ trust in the government in... Read More →


Monday May 18, 2015 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Lecture Theatre 12 (LT12) Block NS2 NS2-04-13

1:30pm

Is the hotspot the new telecentre? Exploring community access points as complements and alternatives to mobile Internet - Workshop and Consultation
An open & affordable Wi-Fi connection blurs the lines between luxury and necessity. This session explores important continuing roles for Wi-Fi and shared access (both community and commercial) as both complements and substitutes for mobile internet among resource-constrained communities in the Global South. Building on findings from a draft report on internet access and use, in preparation for late-2015, brainstorming groups will identify priorities for re-imagining community access in ICTD theory and practice. Additional session details here.  

Speakers
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jonathan donner

Director, Research, Caribou Digital
An author & researcher, I study the impacts of the internet & mobiles on the developing world, and vice-versa. I have a new book coming out later this year from the MIT Press: After Access: Inclusion, Development, and a More Mobile Internet (http://amzn.com/0262029928)
avatar for Charlotte Smart

Charlotte Smart

Research Assistant, Caribou Digital


Monday May 18, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Lecture Theatre 4 (LT4) Block NS4 NS4-02-34

1:30pm

Photo Stories: an interactive photo exhibition based on participatory photography with Hispanic migrants at the US-Mexico border - Photo Exhibission and Discussion
Photo Stories is an interactive photo exhibition and discussion session based on our work using participatory photography with Hispanic immigrants at the US-Mexico border. The exhibition includes photos and stories by migrants, photos and short texts by the research team, and interactive features to engage deeper reflection and discussion with conference participants. The discussion present the emerging findings from the interactive features of the exhibition. This process uses ICT in novel ways to elicit life experiences of underserved communities in the context of migration between Mexico and the US.

Speakers
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Sara Vannini

Visiting Scientist - PostDoctoral Researcher, University of Washington Information School - TASCHA
Job Positions! :)


Monday May 18, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Lecture Theatre 5 (LT5) Block NS2 NS2-02-07

1:30pm

The Persistence of Paper in Low-resource Setting - Panel
Paper persists as a medium of information in low-resource settings and especially across the developing world. With this in mind, we have three broad goals for this open session:

i) encouraging participant accounts of the multifarious role of paper in the low-resource settings that they have observed in the course of their own fieldwork,

ii) evaluating the properties of paper that are uncovered through these accounts and that particularly contribute to their endurance in low-resource settings, and

iii) abstracting these properties to reveal design opportunities for improving existing paper tools and platforms, especially in situations where blanket digitization may be infeasible or expensive. 

Moderators
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Jay Chen

Assistant Professor, NYU Abu Dhabi
Jay Chen is an Assistant Professor at NYU Abu Dhabi and the Co-Director of the NYU Abu Dhabi Design Technology Lab. I am also a research scientist at the Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED) and a visiting faculty at NYU-Poly. In general, I am interested in Distributed Systems, Networking, Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD). My research interests lately include information access under poor... Read More →
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Ishita Ghosh

UC Berkeley

Monday May 18, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Lecture Theatre 6 (LT6) Block NS2 NS2-02-05

1:30pm

Is a Transformatory ICT4D possible (& how would we know it if we saw it)? Workshop
Is an emancipatory ICT4D possible and how could we design it / evaluate it? Ineke Buskens developed a gender analysis framework for IDRC that classifies development research using a matrix of Conformist / Reformist / Transformist intent. Can this gender analysis be extended to social relations including race and class? Can Busken's categories be used to differentiate between ICT4D initiatives that entrench existing power and privilege and those that contribute towards liberation?

Speakers
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Tigist Shewarega Hussen

Gender Studies Department, University of Western Cape
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Sammia Poveda

ICT4D Centre, Royal Holloway University of London


Monday May 18, 2015 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Lecture Theatre 11 (LT11) Block NS2 NS2-04-15

3:30pm

Fluid Boundaries – Film Screening followed by Q&A session with Vladimir Todorovic
Fluid Boundaries

A film by Vladimir Todorovic, Mun Jeonghyun, and Daniel Rudi Haryanto.

The three directors of Fluid Boundaries explore how migration and marginalization is experienced through stories of people who cross borders. They showcase testimonies of people from all sorts of backgrounds who come to Singapore to find work, as well as refugees and families who migrated within South-East Asia. The film portrays how the rigidity of borders are wearing away and serves as a point of departure to discuss how ICTs are likewise changing how migrants find their way within new and old places.

After the film, we’ll host a panel discussion and a small reception. The panel will explore how ICTs are changing how migrants find their way within new and old places and will be formed by: 

-          Vladimir Todorovic, Film Director

-          Dr. Arul Chib, ICTD2015 Chair and SiRC Director

-          Claire Cravero, University of Malaya

-          Jaye Nias, Bowie State University

-          Mr Alex Au, Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2)

Please sign-up for this special event using this form: 

https://www.cognitoforms.com/ICTD2015/ICTD2015SpecialEvents

Speakers
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Alex Au

Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2)
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Arul Chib

Director & ICTD2015 Chair, Singapore Internet Research Centre
Chair
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Claire Cravero

University of Malaya
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Jaye Nias

Bowie State University



Monday May 18, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre Block NS4 NS4-02-36