Call for Open Sessions

We’re excited to open our call for Open Sessions: discussions between and across researchers and practitioners working in allied areas of ICTD. Open Sessions are (mainly) 90-minute sessions to start a dialogue on important, cross-cutting themes in domains of ICTD. These sessions are typically collaborative and bring together a group of people to create new dialogue.

What topics can I propose?

Any topic concerning technology and global development. This year, we are especially seeking proposals that encourage interdisciplinary collaborations as well as ties between research and practice. For example:

  • Conducting ICTD research in industry

  • The role of gender in ICTD projects

  • Tracking success in medical health projects

  • New ML and AI techniques for low Internet contexts

  • The future of mobile money in the Global South

  • Ethics and politics of funding in ICTD projects

  • Running successful social enterprises

What formats can I propose?

Open sessions will be 90 minutes in length by default. They can also be 180 minutes long, but only if there is sufficient justification. Although sessions will be expected to be held in English, we are open to proposals for sessions in other languages, as well. In such cases, please note the proposed language and indicate why it is important to the session topic. See examples from previous conferences here: ICTD 2016, ICTD 2013, and ICTD 2012. Session organizers may extend invitations to particular participants to attend, or present, based on emerging themes in ICTD; likewise, participation is open to any conference attendee who wishes to join in on the day of the session.

 Proposals for sessions will be reviewed and assessed according to the criteria below.

  • They should be accessible to a highly interdisciplinary ICTD audience.

  • They should be lively, inclusive, and participatory in style and content.

  • They should be on topics relevant to the ICTD community.

  • They should demonstrate careful planning and a clear agenda.

Formats of sessions are encouraged to be engaging and participatory.  All sessions should be inclusive, relevant and excellent. Sample formats are listed below. But go ahead and be creative!

  • Panels

  • Workshops

  • Design sprints

  • Debates

  • Immersive sessions like tours and field interviews

  • Unconference

  • Film screenings

  • Live performance

  • Open discussions

New this year: Pecha Kucha

Submit 5-minute lightning talks on various ICTD topics. Have an early stage idea? Have a new critical framework? Created a new research method? Encountered and solved a design challenge? Submit a proposal to give a talk!

I’m in. How can I submit?

To propose an open session, please fill out this Google form, providing a 75-word summary and an additional 2-page description (template here), detailing your goals for the session and how you plan to achieve them.  

Deadline: October 1, 2018 at 11.59pm Anywhere on Earth time
Notifications: November 8, 2018


Open SessionS Chairs

Michaelanne Dye (Georgia Tech, USA)
Aditya Vashistha (University of Washington, USA)
Nithya Sambasivan (Google, USA)