Education and livelihoods leaders to speak at the ICT4D Conference, Hyderabad

New Delhi: The speakers for the Education & Livelihoods track at the ninth annual ICT4D Conference have been announced and include sector leaders and technical experts from India and around the world.

The use of technology in education can help accelerate progress to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. 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.

Cherian Thomas, CEO, World Vision India, Dr. Kyriacos M. Koupparis, Regional Science, Technology and Innovation Advisor, Asia, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Dr. Partha Pratim Chakrabarti, Director and Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Kharagpur, will speak on the plenary panel ‘Frontier Solutions and their Impact on Livelihoods, Access to Essential Services and Management of Scarce Resources’. The session, on Thursday 18 May at 9am, will explore how technology can help disadvantaged communities build sustainable livelihoods, access information and services and create more effective impact.

Emma Winiecki, Global Coordinator for Digital Development, Plan International, will introduce the Solar Media Backpack unit, designed for remote and resource-scarce settings, detailing the process of designing and testing as well as discussing practical examples of how it has been used in the field in Plan’s programmes.

Dr. Pratik Gohil, Manager, Software Development, Anudip Foundation, will present Anudip’s technology platform, Digital Inclusion of Young Aspirants (DIYA); this innovative technology helps address poor connectivity through offline server syncing, and captures large amounts of data to offer analytics for management, process improvement, and courseware evolution.

Other sessions will explore MOOCs and the disruptive skilling they can provide in remote locations, how a mobile mentoring program is overcoming the distance between vulnerable young girls and female mentors,and an SMS-based program which disseminates behavior-change information to mothers on child-care, child rights and protection and managing family income. The full agenda of speakers and topics is available here:

The ICT4D Conference is being held in India for the first time this year, and it offers a platform to showcase ICT4D experience, and stimulate discussion regarding implementation challenges and best practices. More information on how to get involved:

Exhibiting at the conference – Showcase services and products and share experience with an engaged audience.
Attending the conference – Network with global colleagues, discover new partnerships and discuss best practices for fully leveraging technology to improve development outcomes.