Demos at the ICT4D Non-Conference are intended to provide researchers and practitioners with a venue for showcasing live demonstrations of their work, which may include novel hardware or software systems, video footage, physical artefacts, or any other relevant ICT4D activity.

We are delighted to announce acceptance of the following demos to be presented at the ICT4D Non-Conference (listed in first name alphabetical order of presenters):

  • GAIUS: Powering Hyperlocal Content Ad Ecosystems in Emerging Markets (Dr. Arjuna Sathiaseelan, GAIUS Networks). GAIUS is a B2B platform that enables organisations in emerging markets to empower their users to create and interact with relevant local content in their own languages, have community interactions, and support local businesses within their communities, without needing to access the World Wide Web.
  • Virtual Reality Learning Environments: reconfiguring healthcare education (Denyse King, Bournemouth University; supervised by Isa Rega and Wendy Marsh). This offers participants the opportunity to immerse in demos of a Virtual Reality Learning Environment being used for research with healthcare students. It uses avatars to interact with simulations of patients, their families and other healthcare professionals to practise a range of clinical skills from practical hands on applications, to the more intuitive aspects of healthcare competency (Poster relating to this project).
  • S+ Platform: A Digital Solution for Health Facilities at the First Mile (Nico Christofi, Bryan Plummer, SIGNALYTIC). This demo showcases an offline-first Health Facility networking solution designed to work in areas with little/no electricity or cellular network. It demonstrates how health workers can perform digital workflows developed by multiple stakeholders in a single data-entry mechanism, and how data can be shared through a Distributed Ledger between Health Facilities, and vertically to all stakeholders in a unified platform despite available infrastructure.
  • Bridging the digital divide at primary schools in deprived contexts with Raspberry Pi, Open Source software and Design Thinking (Shane Deconinck, Howest University of Applied Science, Founder of KUBO). This shows how ICT-class infrastructure using Raspberry Pi with a custom-developed casing, and an offline school platform with minimal backups through mobile data was developed in The Gambia.

Mobile midwife demo from ICTD2010

The first round of demo proposals closed on 15th March 2020. Given its popularity, we have now created more space for further demos to be included, and we invite submissions of new demo proposals on a rolling basis .  Accepted demo presenters will be able to share their work through dedicated sessions on each day of the conference.

Demo proposal information

Those wishing to submit a demo proposal should send a one A4-sized abstract (preferred .pdf format) to as soon as possible, which should include:

  • Title of demo
  • Name(s) of proposer
  • Affiliation(s) of proposer
  • E-mail address for contact
  • Brief description of the demo
  • The context in which the demo was developed
  • How it contributes to the use of ICTs for development
  • What is novel about it
  • The infrastructure that would be necessary to be able to give the demonstration during the ICT4D Non-Conference
  • Willingness to provide a formal risk assessment should the demo be accepted.

Demo Review Committee

The Demo Review Committee is led by the following (and includes further specialist reviewers as required):

Further information

Should any further information be required, please contact as soon as possible.

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