9th ICT4D Conference to take place on 15-18 May

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The 9th Annual ICT4D Conference will take place on 15-18 May, 2017 at Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC), Hyderabad.

The ICT4D Conference provides a platform for sector experts, program managers, technical advisors and executives to come together to discuss best practices, explore possible applications of frontier technology and evaluate the impact they create in the journey to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The plenary sessions will examine how the power of data can be harnessed to create development impact. Senior government of India officials will deliver keynote addresses on Digital India, and in a joint session with Kate Wilson, CEO, Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL)on how India’s eGovernance transformation is advancing ICT4D innovation for the SDGs.

Later in the morning, Schuyler Thorup, EVP, Overseas Operations, Catholic Relief Services, will deliver a keynote on strengthening a culture of data use in organizations.

The plenary session on May 16 will discuss innovations in data visualization and analytics. In this session, Rebecca Moore, director, Engineering, Google Earth and Earth Engine & Earth Outreach at Google, will present a case study on ‘Unleashing the Power of Data for Decision Making’.

The 17 May plenary sessions will cover enablers and barriers to open data sharing. Michael Duggan, chief information officer (Global), Oxfam International will deliver a trends keynote speech as a call to action for responsible program data. Later in the day, Frank Schott, vice president, Global Programs, NetHope will present a case study on appropriate data sharing and protection strategies.

This year’s organizing team includes: Catholic Relief Services, Mercy Corps, World Vision, NetHope, the Anudip Foundation, Dalberg, the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL), the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri), iMerit Technology Services, and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). The team is supported by Microsoft, Google Earth Outreach, CGIAR, Cyient, Digital Globe, DuPont, Oxfam, aWhere/GDA and RTI International.

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