ICTD Conferences

The ICTD conferences have been taking place every 12-18 months since 2006. The first ICTD conference was organized in 2006 at UC Berkeley and the conference has  since been hosted in Bangalore (2007), Doha (2009), London (2010), Atlanta (2012), Cape Town (2013), Singapore (2015), Ann Arbor (2016), and Lahore (2017). 

ICTD X will be held in cooperation with ACM SIGCAS, January 4-7, 2019: ICTD 2019 in Ahmedabad, India.  ICTD 2019 will provide an international forum for scholarly researchers to explore the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in social, political, and economic development. 

The ICTD community is methodologically and conceptually diverse, including, for example, anthropologists who study how underserved individuals and communities engage with technology, computer scientists who design novel technological interventions to target development outcomes, data scientists who examine human-centered aspects of big data, political scientists looking at how national and state governments implement ICTD projects, economists who evaluate the developmental impact of such projects, and practitioners who implement them on the ground.

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have become more pervasive in the lives of people around the world. They are being used in various facets of daily life ranging from markets to health care, education to governance, family life to artistic expression. Diverse groups across the world interact with, are impacted by, and can shape the design of these technologies. The ICTD conference provides a forum for analyzing, critiquing, refining,  and inventing new ways in which individuals, communities, and societies interact with and make use of these tools and platforms. There are multidisciplinary challenges associated with the engineering, application, and adoption of ICTs in “developing” regions and/or for development, with implications for design, policy, and practice.

For the purposes of this conference, the term “ICT” comprises electronic technologies for information processing and communication, as well as systems, use of big data, interventions, and platforms that are built on such technologies. “Development” includes, but is not restricted to, poverty alleviation, education, agriculture, healthcare, general communication, gender equality, governance, infrastructure, environment, and sustainable livelihoods. The conference program will reflect the multidisciplinary nature of ICTD research and publishing traditions, with anticipated contributions from fields including (but not limited to) anthropology, computer science, communication, design, economics, electrical engineering, geography, human-computer interaction, information science, information systems, political science, public health, and sociology.