FAQ


Program

Q. What is new this year?

First, papers without publication -- you can submit papers, have them reviewed, present them, but they will not be added to the ACM Digital Library (that is, if you prefer it that way). Second, previously published papers -- those works that might have been accepted by another publication but seem relevant for ICTD conversations. Please note that these slots are few. We will also host a doctoral consortium. And finally, we are keen to welcome as many industry and non-profit practitioners as possible, so our open sessions are richer than ever! 

Q. What are Open Sessions?

Open Sessions are meant to be interactive and inclusive. We set aside windows of time in the program when multiple open sessions might take place concurrently. These could have different formats. For example, an open session could include a panel discussion on a pressing topic of concern to the ICTD community (such as careers or ethics), a doctoral consortium (which we have already created space for in our program for ICTD X), a workshop (say on co-design methods), or a fireside chat with someone who may be a prominent personality in a space relevant to ICTD (say Mark Zuckerberg). The list of open sessions at ICTD X can be found here.

Funding

Q. I received a notification that I’ve been awarded funding. How do I use this money?

We will be providing funds through reimbursement. After the conference, organizers will send you more information about completing the reimbursement process.

Registration

Q. I overpaid for registration. How can I get refunded?

Please email both Vimal (vimalkumar.f15005@iimtrichy.ac.in) and Megh (marathem@umich.edu) explaining that you overpaid for registration and providing the transaction number for the payment that you want refunded.

Q. How do I know if my registration was confirmed?

You will receive a Google Forms email displaying your responses. If you paid for registration through the payment portal, you will receive a separate confirmation email for your payment. Please also check your spam folder if you think you haven’t received this email.

Attending the Conference

Q. How should I pick accommodation?

Currently, there are only rooms at IIM-A left. The deadline to book these rooms is December 15th. You can find booking instructions here.

Q. I’m applying for a visa. Who should I provide as a local reference?

Your local reference should be a general chair of the conference. You can find details in the “Visa Information” section here.

Q. My visa application says I need political clearance from MEA and event clearance from MHA. What are those?

These are government processes in India; MEA refers to Ministry of External Affairs and MHA refers to Ministry of Home Affairs. Conference organizers have applied for clearance and are hoping to hear back soon. Once we receive clearance, we will ensure that it is updated on the ICTDX website.

Q. How do I sign up as a student volunteer for ICTD X?

Thank you for your interest! You can fill out this form. This is a great way to get involved with conference organizations and connect with peers, but please note that we will not be offering additional monetary incentives.

Submissions

Q. Does ICTD only accept work done in the Global South?

No. ICTD is about ICT and Development. While Development is a broad and sometimes ill-defined term, it is as relevant, we believe, to the Global North as it is to the South. Just as the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals focus on countries across the Global North and South, we do too. If you have further questions, please email us directly. 

Q. What is the difference between Papers and Posters?

Papers are 7-10 pages long while posters are up to 4 pages long. Papers will be reviewed by at least three (multidisciplinary) reviewers and only the highest quality submissions will be accepted. Posters will be lightly reviewed by two PC members and are seen as Works in Progress. While both will be included in the ACM Digital Library, papers will be orally presented and posters will be presented as posters. In some cases, if the PC considers it fitting, it will recommend that papers be shepherded and/or submitted as posters instead.

Q. What should a Paper or Poster look like?

Papers and posters should be submitted using the SIGCHI Proceedings Format. The LaTeX template can be directly downloaded here. The Microsoft Word template can be directly downloaded here. Please make sure that you're not using the CHI Extended Abstracts format, which looks completely different from the other ACM two column formats. References do not count towards page limits for papers or posters. However, figures, appendices, abstracts, tables, etc. all do. Submissions that exceed these limits will be rejected without consideration. There will be no exceptions to this rule.

Q. What are ICTD’s policies regarding anonymity and conflicts?

Papers and posters will both be blind-reviewed. To ensure that their work is reviewed fairly, authors should remove their and their institutions’ identities from the paper, including the title, header, and metadata. Acknowledgement sections are better left blank during the review process. Citations to relevant previous work by the authors should be included, however, and cited in a way that obscures the authors’ relationship to it, so that reviewers can ensure that prior research has been taken into account in the current work. We reserve the right to auto-reject paper and poster submissions that are not anonymized appropriately.  Also, during the submission process, authors should mark conflicts with any program committee members who they have collaborated with in any capacity over the last two years.

Q. What are reviewers looking for?

ICTD Papers will be assessed based on relevance to ICTD, novelty, methodological rigor, richness of contribution, and clarity of presentation. Acceptance rates have generally been 20-25% for this track in past conferences. The conference reserves the right to desk reject submissions that are obviously not viable research papers. ICTD Posters will be assessed based on relevance to ICTD, evidence that the work being described is taking a promising direction that could result in a finished research product of high quality, and clarity of presentation. Posters may be viewed as "Works in Progress". Works in Progress that are further along will not be rejected on this count!

Reviewing

Q. Who is on the Program Committee?

This year, for the first time, we created 25 slots for individuals to voluntarily serve on the PC, in addition to recruiting 80 ICTD researchers, for a total of 105 PC members listed below. Together, these researchers, who come from a large set of disciplines, geographies, epistemological backgrounds, reviewed papers and posters submissions. Our core PC members, who have all been affiliated with ICTD for several years, provided "insider" or meta-reviews, as well as "outsider" reviews to ensure that the paper was readable by an external audience. The remaining PC members provided full reviews for papers and posters in their areas of expertise. This extended PC consisted of members recommended by the core PC and conference organizers. The full list is here

Q. I'm on the Program Committee. What does the reviewing process look like?

We have posted reviewing instructions here. If your questions are still unanswered, email the papers/posters chairs so that we can extend the list of considerations as needed. 

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