Call for Participation

The tenth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD 2019), to be hosted at the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad) January 4-7, 2019, invites you to submit your work. To be held in cooperation with ACM SIGCAS, ICTD 2019 will provide an international forum for scholarly researchers to explore the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the context of social, political, and economic development.  

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.


Full Papers

An ICTD Full Paper, 7-10 pages in the ACM two-column format (excluding references, but including figures and tables), must make a new and complete research contribution, articulate how it is advancing the field of ICTD,  and provide complete and substantial support for its results and conclusions. Papers will be evaluated via double-blind peer review by a multidisciplinary panel of at least three reviewers, one of whom will come from outside the paper’s disciplinary domain in order to ensure broad readability. Authors of accepted papers will be invited to give an oral presentation at the conference. Papers are archived by default in the ACM Digital Library (unless otherwise requested by authors). A subset of these papers will be selected for publication in the Information Technology and International Development (ITID) journal as well. Submit here:


Full Papers without Publication

New this year! We recognize that in some disciplines, papers in conference proceedings have less publication value. Handing over the copyright to ACM may also be undesirable. To allow scholars in these fields to present their research at ICTD, we welcome an additional kind of submission under Papers--papers accepted for publication in the preceding year and a half (from Jan. 1, 2017 through July 15, 2018). Inclusion of these papers into the conference program will depend on relevance to the conference program and availability of slots. Accepted papers will be invited for an oral presentation. Authors are requested to submit the paper as an email attachment with information about the (1) authors, (2) publication venue, (3) publication status, and (4) (expected) date of publication to by Sep 1, 2018.



An ICTD Poster, up to 4 pages in the ACM two-column format (excluding references, but including figures and tables), can report on practitioner projects, research work in progress, dissertation progress, and other content that would enrich the conference. A complete research contribution is not mandatory. Posters will be reviewed in the same timeline as (but differently than) Papers. Accepted Posters will be presented as posters at the conference and will be archived in the ACM Digital Library (unless otherwise requested by authors). Submit here:


Open Sessions

Open Sessions will welcome a variety of submissions and formats. These will be submitted in the form of extended abstracts and will include proposals for panels, workshops, doctoral colloquium submissions, and more. While some open sessions have been pre-decided (doctoral colloquium, young researchers, etc.), others are up to the authors to define. They can choose to submit to the sessions that have been determined in advance, or propose one of their own. To participate, please fill out this <link TBD> Google form.


Dates to Remember

Jul 22, 2018: Deadline for Full Papers and Posters

Sep 7, 2018: Notifications sent

Oct 15, 2018: Camera-readies due

January 4-7, 2019: Presentations at ICTD 2019 in Ahmedabad

All submissions are due at 11:59 pm Indian Standard Time.